Summer is finally here and the Henley Festival is currently in full swing! Elton John opened the event and you may even have heard him from your home as he performed a lively set for a packed audience.
Henley Royal Regatta took place over the first weekend in July and thankfully the rain held off for most of the racing. Double Olympic champion and cyclist-turned-jockey Victoria Pendleton CBE was the prize giver this year.
We remain extremely busy in the office and are delighted that so many of our clients are re-booking their holidays with us. We are well aware of the enormous competition in the travel market nowadays so we are always delighted when you choose to place your holiday in our hands. We are in the process of updating our office walkway swing boards so for those of you who pass our office on a regular basis, do keep an eye out for our redesigned boards featuring our new logo.
The Brexit decision continues to cause turbulence in the currency markets. We would like to reassure you that any confirmed booking(s) made prior to the 23/6/2016 will not be negatively impacted by these currency fluctuations and we will absorb the cost of any increase in your holiday, not pass it on to you.
Help and Advice
We are always here to talk if you would like some friendly advice about the hottest new destinations and the latest hotel openings. We are continuing to refresh and update our website so that you can access more information at a time to suit you. If you, or someone you know, is planning a special anniversary (second honeymoon?!?) then we would be very happy to help with suggestions.
Perks and Benefits
We are pleased to offer you complimentary benefits such as an embossed leather travel wallet for your documents with every holiday, complimentary UK airport transfers from your home to Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted or Luton airport and a complimentary takeaway restaurant voucher on your return. A minimum spend applies as well as a home address within a 5-mile radius of Henley-on-Thames for the airport transfers and takeaway voucher.
How can we help?
As you may already know, we are very experienced at arranging bespoke tours to the Far East, Indochina and Myanmar and, in partnership with our agents on the ground, we offer tours all over the world. My team are constantly on the lookout for new experiences and places to recommend: Lydia has just returned from a fact-finding tour of Bologna/Ferrara/Modena in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy where fabulous food, Ferraris, art and culture collide with spectacular results. Nuri’s report on the Maldives is on page 3 of the newsletter and is packed full of tips and insider knowledge about his trip. Sarah is now in Croatia exploring a selection of hotels in and around Dubrovnik, details of which she will share on her return.
Due to popular demand we are increasing our offering of safaris and you will seen even more featured on our website. Despite some fluctuations in the currency markets post-Brexit, the exchange rate for South Africa remains in our favour and your money will go far there. New safari lodges continue to be opened, old favourites are refurbished and there really is a style and budget suitable for every traveller.
To celebrate 10 years of successful business in Henley-on-Thames, we are delighted to give you a heads-up about our photography competition which opens in autumn 2016. Winners will be announced in December 2016. We have some absolutely fantastic prizes for the best entries so be sure to take some great shots this summer!
FIRST PRIZE: 7 night break in a 5* resort in Europe for 2 adults + 2 children*
SECOND PRIZE: 2 night weekend break in a European City for 2 in a 4/5* hotel*
THIRD PRIZE: 1 night break in London or the Home Counties for 2 in a 4/5* hotel
We will send you more details shortly including how to enter and where to send your images.
We have plenty of ideas for your holidays this year and my team and I look forward to assisting you again soon. We hope that you enjoy reading our enclosed summer newsletter and pass it on to your friends.