Hotelplan UK Group acquires Flexiski

Hotelplan UK Group acquires Flexiski

The acquisition by Hotelplan UK of short break specialist Flexiski from its parent company Travelopia, was announced today for an undisclosed sum.

Hotelplan UK Group acquires Flexiski
Hotelplan UK Group acquires Flexiski
Hotelplan UK Group acquires Flexiski
Hotelplan UK Group acquires Flexiski

flexiski  has operated tailor-made short-stay ski holidays since 1990, with currently five high-quality chalets and over 175 hotels across 48 resorts in France, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, Canada and Japan. Quality is a real hallmark of the brand, which has been at the forefront of more tailored, personalised and flexible skiing for over 20 years.

Hotelplan UK Group acquires Flexiski . Photo: Unsplash. Toa Heftiba. Les Deux Alpes
Hotelplan UK Group acquires Flexiski . Photo: Unsplash. Toa Heftiba. Les Deux Alpes

At Hotelplan UK, the brand and team will join the Group’s existing portfolio of activity and experience holiday companies, which includes Inghams (whose range comprises Ski, Lakes & Mountains, Lapland and specialist Italy holidays), family skiing market leader Esprit Holidays, chalet specialist Ski Total, Santa’s Lapland short breaks, self-guided walking and cycling experts, Inntravel and small-groups Adventure travel specialist, Explore Worldwide.

Hotelplan UK’s CEO, Paul Carter, commented: “We are excited to welcome such a highly respected name to our existing family of specialist brands, and further strengthen our position in the flexible tailor- made sector. Hotelplan UK has a strong tradition of excellence and high standards of quality and service, tremendous customer loyalty and experienced teams with incredibly deep product expertise. Flexiski fits perfectly with the overall philosophy, direction and ambition of the Hotelplan Group.”

Flexiski’s General Manager, Peter Hillyard, noted: “It is an exciting time for us at Flexiski, with the tailor- made wintersports sector growing quickly. We are looking forward to joining forces and operating within a group with such long-standing experience in the Alps and with an enthusiastic team of like-minded ski specialists at our new home with Hotelplan.”

Hotelplan UK Group acquires Flexiski. Photo: Antwon i. Unsplash. Meribel.
Hotelplan UK Group acquires Flexiski. Photo: Antwon i. Unsplash. Meribel.

Flexiski will move from its current offices in Surbiton, Surrey to Hotelplan’s offices in Godalming, Surrey.

More information: Hotelplan UK

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Specialist travel M&A firm, Summit Advisory, announces 4th deal in 6 months

Specialist travel industry corporate advisory firm, Summit Advisory, has just announced its 4th successful travel business sale in 6 months.

Hot on the heels of its sale of Sports Tours to Rayburn Tours in April, it announces today its advisory role in the sale of the trade and assets of Travelopia’s Flexiski brand to Hotelplan UK.

This follows the sale of walking tours specialist, Mickledore Travel to KE Adventures (parent company Voyageurs du Monde) and Rob Roy Tours, an inbound DMC,  to Austrian tour operator, Travel Europe, both last December.

Stubaital Winter. Photo courtesy of Hotelplan UK. Hotelplan UK Group acquires Flexiski.
Stubaital Winter. Photo courtesy of Hotelplan UK. Hotelplan UK Group acquires Flexiski.

Despite all the Brexit uncertainty, there is a strong demand for clearly differentiated, niche, profitable travel companies from UK, international and Private Equity buyers’ states founding director, Deborah Potts. ‘The secret is understanding not just the numbers, but what makes a particular travel business special in its own particular sector. As a boutique firm, we  take a highly targeted approach to all our sale mandates ensuring that the most relevant buyers are invited into our processes, regardless of location in the UK or abroad,’ she added.

More info: Summit Advisory.

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Hotelplan UK Group acquires Flexiski. Portes du Soleil photo. Courtesy of Hotelplan UK.
Hotelplan UK Group acquires Flexiski. Portes du Soleil photo. Courtesy of Hotelplan UK.

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Hotelplan UK Group acquires Flexiski. Photo: Unsplash. Riciardus.
Hotelplan UK Group acquires Flexiski. Photo: Unsplash. Riciardus.

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