Travel experts guests can see and talk to about holiday plans will be more important than ever in the new-look travel era, according to Kuoni. The belief has prompted the company to unveil a new video appointment service for luxury holidays.
In line with the company’s on-going growth and its further expansion plans, VFS Global has appointed Peter Brun, a senior communications and media professional, as chief communications officer. He will take up the role on July 1st, 2016. In this role Brun will be responsible for corporate communications, marketing and branding, and corporate social responsibility of VFS Global.
Holidays to improve health, from better sleeping to weight loss, are now available to book through Kuoni travel shops throughout the UK in a new partnership with specialist company Wellbeing Escapes. A team of Kuoni personal travel experts have been trained to advise customers about holidays which focus on different aspects of health and wellbeing, such as yoga retreats, fitness boosters, stress management and detoxing.
Best known as a European tour operator, Kuoni Group is in the midst of a strategic shift, exiting this sector and increasing its focus on three core activities – global travel distribution, group travel and destination services and visa services. Here Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole talks with Zubin Karkaria, chief executive of the group, to discuss the motivations, time frame and ambitions behind the shift.
Zubin Karkaria, chief executive of VFS Global, has been appointed as the chief executive of Kuoni Group – VFS Global’s parent company and one of the world’s leading travel services provider. He is the first Indian to be appointed as the head of the 109-year old travel services company, and will concurrently continue in his function as the chief of VFS Global.
Following an announcement this morning from Kuoni Group that it has secured an agreement to sell its European tour operating businesses to DER Touristic, the travel division of REWE Group, UK managing director Derek Jones has welcomed the news and believes the Kuoni brand will continue to thrive in the UK market under new ownership.
As UEFA adds new team Base Camps for the Euro 2016 final tournament, the official UEFA Euro 2016 Accommodation Agency, operated by the Kuoni Group, has found nearby accommodation to suit the needs of participating teams. The accommodation – along with details of training grounds – will be added to the dedicated website, launched by UEFA and the Kuoni Group back in September 2014.
Swiss travel company Kuoni Group has revealed it plans to sell its tour operating business. A total of 3,800 people will be affected by the decision.
Kuoni Destination Management has been voted the World’s Leading Destination Management Company by the World Travel Awards. The organisation recognises outstanding performances, service excellence and the highest level of customer satisfaction in the hospitality industry. The award aims to encourage world-class competition, stimulate innovation and creativity, as well as ensure that travellers receive exceptional value.
Companies from around the world are being offered a chance to celebrate in style with world-class accommodation from Kuoni. The operator is offering the best view in the house for the UEFA EURO 2016 matches thanks to Henri Delaunay Club, the official corporate hospitality programme of the tournament.
Kuoni Group Travel Experts has appointed Mel Lorenzo to lead its activities in Latin America. Based in Brazil, she takes charge of building and maintaining relationships with travel business interested in arranging group tours around the world.