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TARLETON - Just what the doctor ordered.
In 1973 Dr Tony Sethi, as he reached the end of his medical career, decided that with his two friends John & Frances Davies, who were already living in Spain, a venture into the world of travel might be the way to go and so Tarleton Travel was born. With their contacts in Spain and the UK, friendships and business contacts were quickly formed and soon Tarleton were sharing seats on flight providers such as Thomson, Horizon and Monarch. Starting with small numbers they gradually increased the clients and added extra services such as accommodation, escorted airport coach transfers, excursions and some golf. Tarleton were pioneers to the destination Costa Almeria, including the resorts of Almerimar, Roquetas de Mar, Mojacar and the surrounding villages.
In the years where customer service was “king”, success was almost guaranteed and Tarleton continued to grow year after year, increasing their share of seats with the flight providers and working from their “home” offices in Stoke on Trent and Aguadulce.
In 1993 we acquired Tarleton Travel from Tony and his team and with a large investment in staff and technology we increased our capacity to Almeria eventually chartering 6 complete aircraft (180/200 seats in each aircraft) per week in the summer months and 3 aircraft in the quieter winter period. We opened 3 offices in the area, Mojacar, Roquetas de Mar and at the Almeria Airport and for 10 years we were the dominant supplier to Almeria . Around 2004/05 suddenly Almeria became the next target for the low cost airlines and the area was bombarded with cheap seats (as low as £5) by the likes of Easyjet, Ryanair, My Travel Lite and Monarch.
A change of direction was called for and using our base in Almeria we started to concentrate on bespoke travel which took us into the golf market. Starting with the Golf Hotel at Almerimar (in its original shape) we added hotels, courses and other destinations to our programme. Eventually spreading into the resorts and golfing venues throughout Spain and Portugal. We have now opened up our horizons worldwide and include such great destinations as Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria, Italy, Morocco, Turkey, Vietnam, South Africa, USA and more.
Along the way we acquired the European School of Golf which came with contacts with such great golfers such as Beverly Lewis, Mickey Walker and George Will.
This opened up a whole new market of Golf Tuition weeks with professionals and since we had acquired the services in the late 90’s of our Director of Golf Denise Hastings, Golf Tuition Breaks and Events became more popular.
Denise, now an Advanced Fellow Professional of the PGA has been a firm favourite with our golfing guests and her tuition breaks are always extremely popular. In addition to Denise each year we add more new professionals and coaching events to our schedule.
Moving forward we developed our fascination for large golfing events and now hold around five to six per year ranging from 50 to 180 guests. We have also created a large following in the Ladies Golf Market and now around 70% of our customers are Ladies.
In April each year we run probably the largest Ladies Pro Am in Europe hosting 168 golfers over 7 days & 5 rounds. We are pleased to say that this event is already “full” for 2023 but if you wish to add your name to the waiting list please do not hesitate to contact us.
50 years later we still believe that the customer is king.We still pride ourselves on personal service and attention to detail.
Technology is there to assist and speed up our service but remember we are always just at the end of a phone or email.
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We host groups from as small as 4 to as large as 180.Different needs, different solutions but always with our complete attention to detail.
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