Per­fect hol­i­days be­gin at home for fa­ther and daugh­ter

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update - By Josie Han­nett

A fa­ther and daugh­ter from Ash­ford have joined forces and set up an online travel busi­ness which they run from their home.

Rob and Char­lie Tins­ley, of Im­pe­rial Way, Sin­gle­ton, have launched the new busi­ness, Bear Face Travel, which of­fers cus­tomers tai­lored hol­i­days with a per­sonal touch.

Rob, 54, is the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and Char­lie is a per­sonal travel con­sul­tant.

The idea be­hind the name was inspired by Rob’s wife Fiona, who sadly died last year.

Rob and Char­lie say their fam­ily has a pas­sion for trav­el­ling, but feel that book­ing online lacks the per­sonal touch.

Rob said: “One of the things that makes us dif­fer­ent is the em­pha­sis on a per­sonal ser­vice with tai­lored pack­age hol­i­days at keen in­ter­net prices.

“One of the stress­ful things about go­ing on hol­i­day is go­ing to the air­port. We would try to re­duce the stress by in­clud­ing ac­cess to the VIP lounge for a dis­counted price.”

Bear Face Travel spe­cialises in hon­ey­moons and hol­i­days to the Mal­dives.

It also of­fers get­aways in­clud­ing lux­ury re­treats, cruises, ski and ad­ven­ture hol­i­days, coach hol­i­days and city breaks, and also event pack­ages such as a For­mula 1 ex­pe­ri­ence and Wim­ble­don.

Rob, a fa­ther-of-four and grand­fa­ther-of-one, said: “I wanted to es­tab­lish a fam­ily busi­ness that we could grow and de­velop, some­thing that my chil­dren, grand­chil­dren and so forth could ben­e­fit from in the fu­ture. Also, by keep­ing it in the fam­ily we can de­liver a more per­sonal touch.”

The pair are also look­ing to form part­ner­ships with com­pa­nies in the area to of­fer breaks at dis­counted prices for em­ploy­ees.

The busi­ness is backed by Ex­plorer Travel, mean­ing the com­pany is ATOL and ABTA reg­is­tered.

Char­lie, 22, a for­mer Home­wood School pupil, said: “We want to take the has­sle out of or­gan­is­ing the per­fect hol­i­day, mak­ing sure the whole ex­pe­ri­ence is mem­o­rable for all the right rea­sons.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.bear­face­ or call 01233 647447.

Pic­ture: Wayne McCabe FM4003321

Rob and Char­lie Tins­ley have set up a new online travel busi­ness

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