Published on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

New travel firm launches in London

A London-based travel company has launched this week and will put British holidaymakers directly in touch with local travel agents in a long-haul destinations.

Insider Places has been set up by Chris Fraser, who founded accommodation-only business HotelConnect in 1993 and who has held senior consultancy roles with Cox & Kings and The Hideaways Club.

It initially launches with a network of 'vigorously vetted', local travel agents in 15 countries across South America and Asia, including Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, India, Malaysia and Borneo, Myanmar, Peru, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

Indonesia, Japan and South Africa are among countries that will be added later this year.

Fraser, who is managing director of the company, explained: "We offer opportunities to live like the locals, eat like them, cook with them. Away from 'The Gringo Trail' that is so often served up by many travel operators, but with the security that comes with a fully bonded, UK-based company.

"I wanted to make this connection easier by pulling together a trusted team of the very best local agents and provide recognised travel guarantees, allowing customers to benefit from the improved experience and great savings, which can be as high as 20%, when booking directly with fewer intermediaries."

He said the company's UK team takes time to find out what each client wants from a trip before introducing them to one of their on-the-ground experts.

Once a detailed enquiry form has been filled in online, the Insider Places sales team schedules a call with each client to run through their exact requirements and wish list so that they are matched with the most suitable travel agent in their chosen destination.

"Our strong local negotiation results in prices people would struggle to better online. Our clients can save as much as 20% on their holiday with the added bonus of their itinerary featuring authentic, local experiences that they probably can't book through most tour operators and high-street travel agents.

"Also a bigger proportion of the customers' money goes to the travel agents we work with in the destinations we feature."

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