Tropical Sky buys two specialist operators

Tropical Sky buys two specialist operators

Long-haul direct-sell tour operator Tropical Sky has acquired two specialist tour operators from tourism sales and marketing company Aviareps.

The East Grinstead-based operator has bought the Crawley-based specialists Just Seychelles and Just 2 Mauritius for an undisclosed sum.

Both brands will continue to operate as individual brands rather than being integrated into the broader Tropical Sky portfolio.

Just Seychelles, which originally traded as Elite Vacations before switching to its current brand name 14 years ago, specialises in tailormade holidays to the Seychelles, including honeymoons and weddings.

Its sister operator Just 2 Mauritius offers a similar product for Mauritius, including luxury hotels, an eco-lodge and boutique properties.

Web-based Tropical Sky specialises in long haul beach holidays, honeymoons and city breaks. It resigned its Abta membership in 2012 as it no longer felt the organisation was relevant as a direct-sell operator but holds a full Atol licence.

Mike Collins, managing director of Tropical Sky said: “The Seychelles and Mauritius businesses are a perfect fit with our current portfolio of destinations and will act to strengthen our position as a significant operator to the Indian Ocean islands.

“The office locations are close together, meaning that it is an easy transition for staff members to join the Tropical Sky team, ensuring we retain their excellent levels of specialist knowledge and expertise.”

Tropical Sky is actively looking to acquire further businesses.

Collins, who prior to setting up Tropical Sky in 2005 was longhaul director of Tui UK’s Specialist Holidays division, added: “Tropical Sky continues to actively look for additional businesses to join the group and expand the worldwide portfolio. We are currently considering a number of options with a view to further investment and growth of the brand.”

In 2011, the operator bought the assets of Dreamticket.com after it went into administration.

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