CELEBRATING 34 years as an Independent Travel Agency
(Nov 1984) to 2016
Mike Coles has been in the travel business in one form or another since 1964. From then
until 1984 he
worked for a local shipping company in Teignmouth and boarded over
ships during those years. Included in his many jobs was booking seaman's tickets
to many parts of Europe and North Africa.
1981, after a visit to India to visit his sister, friends started asking him
rate airline tickets. Seeing the potential he founded 'Mike Coles
On 1st November 1984 he went full time and employed his
sister, for one day a week,
who was then back in the UK.
expanded and in 1989 Mike and his wife Faith, purchased a retail property
Exeter. In the same year the company obtained an
ABTA Licence and became a member
of ABTA - The Association of British Travel Agents.
As well as serving the public direct
telephone operation side of the business continuing to
Between 1991 and March 2011 the company was a member of the CAA but since
necessity and expense of having an ATOL licence was no longer necessary. But
as per CAA regulations ATOL certificates are issued for bookings.
We continue to be members of ABTA.
start of the business the company has been very fortunate in having excellent
The benefits of having a very low staff turnover have been proved
over and over again.
Many of our staff have stayed with us for 6/9/15-20+ years
The company has always endeavoured to keep up to date with the latest
has been using computers since 1986 when we purchased some of the first Amstrad
PCW's on the market.
With many years in the travel business, personal service and advice is a top
With managerial and staff experiences that include staying in
rat infested rooms in the bush
in Africa, to sailing on the the world's biggest cruise ships and 5 star
hotels, personal experiences certainly contributes
to close a deal!
A FEW NAMES AMONGST MANY
WE ARE PROUD OF...
Started in 1986 and was a key person in establishing the business, with us
Then moved on to work for a Children's Charity Mission in Canada.
Started in 1987 and went on to be a top sales person for AMEX TRAVEL
with us for 8
1989 and has been a great worker, finally moved on in the late
Started in 1991 is a jewel! and continues to bring a sparkle
to the office!... in 2018!
Started in 1999 ...one word for her....excellent...with us for 9 years.
Never employed but since 1986 a great friend of the company and very
many ways, now a Dr in computer science.
In 2017 still a great friend.
Never employed as such but since mid nineties - a friend who helped much
wife - Just about impossible to operate the business without her. A wonderful support.
Himself...well I am the privileged one...because without the
support of many including
those above - the thing wouldn't have happened!
And a number of others who have been here as part time/work experience.
The above is a very
small part of the story!
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ASSISTANCE & ADVICE
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