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NEWS LUXURY UPDATE


IN BRIEF


Banyan Tree is set to open a new resort in Thailand on 1 April. Set on Tubkaek beach by the Andaman sea, Banyan Tree Krabi will have 72 pool suites and villas, a wedding chapel, beach club, kids’ club and spa.


Your Tourism Partner has added clients in Sri Lanka, including Eco Team, which includes eco and safari-focused tented camps. Run by destination expert Jean-Marc Flambert, Your Tourism Partner will home in on growing trade awareness of the product.


The Moorings has added Brazil as a sailing option, following growing interest in South America as a charter destination. The Moorings has set up a base in Paraty and has a fleet of three and four-cabin monohulls available.


CLEARY EYES 20% GROWTH FOR CARIBTOURS IN 2020


Tom Parry, senior reporter


Caribtours is aiming for 20% growth this year – achieved entirely through agent sales – following a management buyout by boss Paul Cleary. Cleary (inset), managing director of


the London-based luxury operator since 2004, has purchased 100% of the share capital of the company from founders Norman and Valerie Brunskill. He said the takeover had “long been


the intention” since joining as general manager in 1999 – with buyout talks beginning in earnest 18 months ago. For 2020, Caribtours has doubled its


European range, introducing Santorini (pictured), Ibiza and Turkey. Following the opening of a Dublin office in May 2018, the operator will “imminently” roll out a bookable website in Ireland, before offering the platform to UK-based trade partners. “We see so much business coming from remote and home- based agents, and the


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SECTOR’S FINEST TO BE CROWNED AT TTG LUXURY AWARDS


The best luxury agents and suppliers in the UK are set to be recognised at the upcoming TTG Luxury Travel Awards. Now entering the third year, the


initiative sees winners crowned in 14 categories, including new addition Luxury Homeworking Business of the Year. Other agent categories include Luxury


Travel Retail Business of the Year; Luxury Travel Agency of the Year (sole store); Best New Luxury Travel Designer of the Year (individual); and Luxury Travel Designer of the Year (individual).


18 TRAVEL TRADE GAZETTE 13.01.2020 The awards will take place at


Rosewood London on 28 February, with 250 people expected to attend. “We can’t wait to celebrate a range


of exemplary businesses,” said April Hutchinson, editor of TTG Luxury.


For the full shortlist and for details to attend, see ttgluxurytravelawards.com


site can offer that out-of-hours service,” he said. “Ireland is going to be phase one and then we can develop things further. Everything we do has independent agents in mind and we want all of our targeted 2020 growth to come from the trade.” Cleary said Caribtours was in “a fantastic place to grow”, having returned to profit in 2019. Its 2018 financial year was affected by Hurricane Irma’s impact on its core Caribbean product in September 2017. “The business we’ve seen since Boxing Day has been phenomenal,” he said.


See p26 for more from Caribtours.


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