Original Thinking: Original Travel has launched six new services that no other UK travel company offers.
Original Travel are constantly looking for ways to make clients’ holidays as perfect as possible, from the way we plan the trips to the authentic experiences they’ll enjoy while away. We call it Original Thinking. The new ideas work like this: regardless of whether they are travelling on a long-weekend to Seville, or a multi-destination sabbatical, as part of their tailor-made holiday every client will now receive:
- UK airport departure assistance
- Fast track UK check-in
- Fast track UK security
- UK airport lounge access
- Pre-booked flight seats
- Access to Original Travel’s Local Concierge
“You [Original Travel] revolutionised the way our family travel! Airports can be a nightmare with three children but we zipped through check-in and security like VIPs. It set us up for a relaxing and perfectly planned holiday where everything ran like clockwork.” The Sanderson family, clients since 2011.
Original Travel’s Local Concierge
Original Travel’s new global network of Local Concierges are on hand to take a client’s holiday experience to the next level. The Concierges live locally, know their destinations inside and out and are a phone call away to arrange additional activities.
Tom Barber, Original Travel’s Co-Founder, has said: ‘We’re excited to be launching our Concierge service across our favourite destinations. Our Local Concierges will be on hand to pull metaphorical travel rabbits from hats, such as a last minute dinner reservation or tip-offs about local haunts most travellers never know about. Our Local Concierge in India even managed to get one of our client’s into the cast of a Bollywood movie! It’s a really transformative way to travel knowing, that you have a contact on the ground to anticipate your every need.”
How Original Travel’s Local Concierges have helped:
- Pre-empting a client’s love of Cadbury’s chocolate and organising a delivery to their hotel room (knowing it would be hard for them to find in Zanzibar)
- Sourcing a local chiropractor to get a client back to full health before a tour of Angkor Wat in Cambodia after she suffered a bad back
- Booking a local jazz concert in Muscat as a surprise for the last night of a family’s holiday
100% carbon off-setting
Original Travel is proud to offset 100% of their clients’ flight carbon footprint. Their Foundation, created in 2009, supports a number of environmental and humanitarian projects in Africa, Asia and South America. Since 2009, nearly £800,000 has been invested in the support of nearly 100 projects in 30 countries.
CASE STUDY: Sundarbans, West Bengal
India’s Sundarbans is the largest estuarine forest in the world but the mangroves are rapidly disappearing due to climate change. Our project (verified by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) aims to plant more than 16 million mangrove trees to protect the local communities’ homes and farmlands from flooding and to restore local biodiversity.
Original Travel is one of the UK’s fastest growing bespoke travel companies, offering tailor-made holidays to 95 countries worldwide. Since its launch in 2003, the multi-award winning company has firmly established itself as ‘one to watch’ in the travel industry, experiencing uninterrupted growth since 2003. The Original Travel team have created over 50,000 itineraries for clients since 2003 including for some extremely high profile clients.
Unlike many companies in the sector, Original Travel also has a bespoke inbound operation welcoming clients from all over the world to the UK. Also unique to Original Travel is its specialist team of divers – Original Diving – who pride themselves on combining the best dive destinations with the best accommodation across the globe.