As President of The Travel Corporation (TTC) a family run and operated global travel company comprised of 40 travel brands responsible for carrying over 2 million travellers a year into over 70 countries worldwide – Gavin leads with more than 30 years of proven experience and expertise in the global travel, tourism and hospitality industry.
Following humble beginnings working as a hotel transfer host for guests arriving at Heathrow in the industry in 1976, Gavin has always crafted personal travel experiences with depth and ease. Dedicating his career to revolutionising guided travel, he has created what Trafalgar, Costsaver, Insight Vacations, and Luxury Gold represent today – globally trusted, award-winning brands.
In 2010, Gavin innovated the industry and launched Trafalgar’s exclusive ‘Be My Guest’ signature inclusions, pioneering the mainstream traveller’s concept of local travel experiences. This innovative approach to immersive travel enabled travellers to go beyond the guidebooks and have the exclusive opportunity to meet locals in their homes, to break bread together, and to hear their stories. This approach has become a foundation to how travel can responsibly and sustainably assist the destination and not just the visitor.
With a firm belief that travel should be a force for good and clear vision for a more holistic vision for the future of travel, it was at this time that Gavin also played a vital role in the launch of The Travel Corporations not-for-profit, TreadRight Foundation. Today the Foundation has supported over 55 sustainable tourism projects across 26 countries. It aims to #MakeTravelMatter with its ‘How We Tread Right’ 5-year strategy that directly supports 11 of the 17 United Nations Global Sustainable Development Goals.
Committed to measurable impact, Gavin is currently championing a shift to carbon-neutral trips by 2023 and targeting a goal to include at least one #MakeTravelMatter experience on every itinerary for every destination. These trademarked experiences will create a positive social, cultural or environmental impact on the people and communities into which guests visit. In doing so, advance at least one of the UN Global Goals.