A&K celebrates 30 years in Australia


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Abercrombie & Kent has garnered a reputation for boundary-pushing luxury expeditions into wildernesses and exotic cultures since its founding  by Geoffrey Kent and his parents, Valerie and Colonel John Kent, in 1962. This year marks A&K’s 30th in Australia, and Sujata Raman, Managing Director of Abercrombie & Kent Australia, hosted an exclusive media lunch in Bennelong restaurant to celebrate the occasion on Wednesday 9 March.

LATTE and other invitees enjoyed a meal of shared entrée platters (roasted carrot salad, cured Petuna ocean trout, David Blackmore bresaola and raw Hiramasa kingfish), mains of Murray cod or roasted new-season lamb and dessert of Pine-lime or chocolate cake, accompanied by Charles Heidsieck Champagne, Pooley Riesling from Tasmania and Clyde Park Pinot Noir from Geelong.

During the lunch, Raman spoke of the new trends that have been emerging at A&K over the last 12 months. She cited in particular a growth in small-group journeys, limited to 18-20 people, and with guaranteed departures. A high level of repeat business requires a constant stream of new itineraries for travellers seeking the new and exotic, and has introduced 12 new itineraries to cater for these adventurers looking for interesting and different destinations. One of A&K’s core products are its private jet tours aboard a 757; Around the World by Private Jet: Islands, Savannahs & The Amazon is a particular highlight, visiting the Amazon, Easter Island, Samoa, PNG, Bali and Komodo, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Kenya and Monaco.

The growth in travellers from the Antipodes led to A&K opening a dedicated New Zealand office late last year, and is complemented by increased interest in domestic travel. Other trends included a rise in celebratory travel to mark milestones with family and friends, and multigenerational groups. People want to be active, Raman noted. She also mentioned that the downturn of travel to Africa in 2015 is already growing once more.

In 2017, A&K will introduce its newest concept, combining a cruise itinerary with exclusive land journeys. Three itineraries, organised as small-group tours hosted by a Tour Director and with guaranteed departures for a minimum of two guests, encompass some of the most fascinating landscapes: the Norwegian Fjords, the Amazon River and the Mediterranean and Adriatic.

Tours commence March 2017 and ‘good will’ deposits will secure bookings so guests are encouraged to register their interest now.

Costa Rica, Manaus & the Caribbean Isles with Seabourn Quest (pictured below): 27 days – M
arch 2017 Italy & Croatia Cruise with Ponant’s Le Lyrial: 16 days – May 2017

Norwegian Fjords & Iceland with Ponant’s Le Soléal: 18 days – June 2017

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