Ian Bates

Branch Manager

I started here in September 1986 when Brian Bass had just opened the store. At that time we could only sell certain types of holidays and it has been a joy to see the business grow to what it is today. I always like to keep a happy and positive attitude with both the team and the customers which hopefully goes towards creating a good feel to the shop for customers booking to their dream destinations.

Favourite Destination

I have so many but I think going on Safari at Pumba in South Africa was a pinch me moment having a gin and tonic at Sundown. South Africa’s scenery is spectacular.

Most Memorable Destination

This is Orlando, Florida for personal reasons. It was where I spent my Honeymoon and where we took my daughter on holiday when she was young so I have wonderful memories of Florida.

Must-See Destination

Angkor Wat in Cambodia at Sunrise was a surreal pinch-me moment and I would recommend anyone to go there.

Top Travel Tip

Enjoy yourself! Make the most of the experience.