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Proud of our Past... The UK Holiday Group was founded in 1983 by Paul Bennett, our Chairman. The only son of a farm labourer, Paul studied Law at the University of Kent at Canterbury and had planned to become a solicitor. On graduating he decided to take a year out from the legal profession and, more by luck than judgement, was offered a job in the Public Relations department of a holiday company in Folkestone. Soon he was hooked on the travel business and, with a few hundred pounds of savings, Paul took the plunge on his 23rd birthday. The UK Holiday Group was born! Today the Group has a gross turnover in excess of £35m, and handles holiday bookings for more than 100,000 people a year.
Proud of our People... Our Chairman is still actively involved in all aspects of the company's activities, and we are particularly proud of the loyalty shown by key personnel. Our first employee back in 1984, Sally Clarke, still works full time in the Company, and the average length of service for Directors and Senior Managers is over twelve years. And one of our first-ever Tour Managers, appointed to our escorted holidays programme back in the mid 1980s, continues to work for the company now.
Proud of our Products... Our long standing relationships with many of the world's leading accommodation providers, transport companies and hospitality groups mean we are able to offer our customers an unrivalled range of holiday opportunities. From weekend coach trips to the seaside to round-the-world cruises our team of dedicated travel professionals ensure that our customers always come first. That's why our brands enjoy unparalleled levels of customer satisfaction and attract industry-leading repeat booking numbers.
Proud of our Partnerships... The UK Holiday Group is the chosen travel partner for an ever-growing number of Britain's most prestigious Organisations, Charities and Associations, including The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship, the National Benevolent Fund for the Aged, Rampage, St John's Fellowship, and CONA - the umbrella organisation that represents all the Naval Associations in Britain. Through these unique partnerships we reach out to literally hundreds of thousands of people, offering a bespoke holiday service and a range of special benefits exclusive to members and their families.
Our main consumer tour operating brands - Grand UK, SunriseDirect and Glenton - collectively operate to more than 250 holiday destinations across Britain, Europe and beyond. We specialise in coach holidays, river and ocean cruises, short-haul air holidays and self drive breaks. Read more >
Just for groups! is the acknowledged market leader for affinity groups, clubs and societies. JFG! also handles all the holidays arrangements for several major charities and institutions too. Read more >
We also own a chain of fifteen hotels with locations across England, Scotland and Wales. Twelve trade under the Grand UK Hotels brand, one operates under the Anglia Hosts brand, and three are leased out to other operators. In total we have more than 650 bedrooms across our hotel estate. Read more >