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About KE Adventure Travel

KE Adventure Travel is an adventure tour operator.

Headquarters Location

Central Car Park Road Keswick

Cumbria, England, CA12 5DF,

United Kingdom

+44 (0) 1768 773966

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Latest KE Adventure Travel News

How A French Travel Group Is Building Its Active Outdoor Holiday Business

Jan 8, 2019

Retail I write about news and issues in Europe's outdoor recreation sector Share to facebook Share to linkedin Outdoor manufacturers rely on active consumer participation in outdoor recreation but there is little communication between those brands and specialist holiday operators. Whilst experiental holidays are booming, these complementary segments mostly only share tangential interaction. However, there are parallel lines of business practice. South Africa is a popular destination for Voyageurs du Monde travelers with itineraries ranging from outdoor activities to themes such as ‘Bush to Ocean’ combining adventure and relaxation. Credit: John Traynor Manufacturing acquisitions have been a key feature of business in the outdoor recreation sector recently. Sector acquisition activity is now embracing active holiday operators. In 2017, the France-based tailor-made and adventure travel group Voyageurs du Monde (VdM) acquired UK-based, tailor-made holiday company Original Travel and KE Adventure Travel (KE), one of the world's leading independent adventure travel specialists. VdM puts together journeys for around 200,000 customers each year and employs 1,200 people worldwide. It has operations in Switzerland, Belgium, Canada and the UK and is aiming to enter the United States, as well as considering other countries. Set up by a couple of climbing adventure travelers in the early 80s, it’s now almost 35 years since Karakoram Experience (as it was known then) ran its first commercial trek into Pakistan's Karakoram Mountains. Expanding the range of holidays geographically and adding mountain bike tours led to the evolution into KE Adventure Travel. The team’s experience in organizing small group holidays to over 90 countries in the world has put them in a great position for identifying adventure travel trends for 2019. By leveraging the expertise of VdM in France in adventure travel, with its main brands (Allibert Trekking, Nomade Aventure and Terres d'Aventure), the development should allow KE  to expand its offer in several countries. KE will also accelerate international growth with English-speaking customers (American, Canadian, Australian and New-Zealander). Employing 27 people, KE had a turnover in 2016 of £7.9 million. KE’s program now includes softer destinations and travel styles as well as trekking and mountaineering in the Great Ranges. Its ‘Central European Adventure’ offers easy walking and a ‘cultural journey through five fabulous countries’, including walking tours of cities such as Prague - where adventure can take a different form. Credit:John Traynor KE has now acquired 100% of the share capital of operator Mickledore Travel from founders Rick and Sonja Cooper. Founded in 2004, the company offers quality self-guided walking holidays and cycling tours in the UK for individuals, families and groups, with revenues of £2.68 million in 2018. It has a clear policy on the promotion of environmental conservation, energy and sustainable tourism, particularly regarding the interests of local communities in rural economies. Like KE, the company is based in Keswick in the English Lake District and now has 12 employees. KE’s CEO Ashley Toft commented, “Mickledore’s focus on the UK as a destination fills a gap in KE’s product range, and their expertise in operating self-guided holidays comes at a perfect time as KE launches its first range of self-guided walking and cycling holidays in Europe.’’ Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail is popular with walkers from both the UK and abroad. It’s a key itinerary in Mickledore Travel’s program of self-guided walking holidays and cycling trips in the UK for the independent traveler. Credit: John Traynor This continues the strategy of the VdM group to grow and develop in the UK and other English-speaking markets. In 2017, the group had a global turnover of €426.9 million; an increase of 12.5% on the previous year. On a like-for-like basis, mainly stripping out acquisitions in the UK in 2017, revenue growth was 6.1%. Foreign customers will now represent close to 20% of the company turnover. Since January 1, 2018, all the group’s brands have offset 100% of the CO2 emissions generated by the air and land transport associated with each tour. I have over 40 years' active experience in all aspects of the outdoor recreation industries ranging from retail through holidays, manufacturing and the supply chain to the evolving consumer and activity landscapes. Senior Contributing Editor at Author: Lightweight Camping;

KE Adventure Travel Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Where is KE Adventure Travel's headquarters?

    KE Adventure Travel's headquarters is located at Central Car Park Road, Cumbria.

  • What is KE Adventure Travel's latest funding round?

    KE Adventure Travel's latest funding round is Acquired.

  • Who are the investors of KE Adventure Travel?

    Investors of KE Adventure Travel include Voyageurs du Monde.

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