Former Love Holidays chairman Roger Flynn’s appointment as non-executive chairman at fast-growing luxury tailor-made online travel agent Luxtripper has been confirmed.
Earlier this year Flynn successfully helped Love Holidays to its £180 million investment by private equity investor Livingbridge.
Flynn has had a distinguished career in travel and media starting with Richard Branson’s Virgin Group before stints at BA, Prudential and the BBC.
He said: “It’s all about acceleration from here for Luxtripper. In terms of their approach to putting tailor-made packages together and their approach to social media and being mobile first, web second, it feels very much like a twenty first century approach to luxury travel. They are very much on the money in terms of the future.
“There is a big market of baby boomers moving to retirement in their droves and looking to do something fun with their kids’ inheritance. The market is in an interesting place right now.”
Flynn said Luxtripper has gone through a start-up phase funded privately and with some Crowdcube investment and was now ready for an acceleration phase.
Having been founded in 2013 by former Top Travel executive director Nena Chaletzos, it currently employs around 30 people and has grown a significant following on social media, particularly Facebook.
Flynn said the firm’s in-house technology was “very interesting” and, like at Love Holidays, is enabling the business to work in different ways to other companies.
Flynn will work the equivalent of a day a week for Luxtripper but said he would be available whenever he is needed.
Chaletzos, chief executive of Luxtripper, said: “Roger has demonstrated the ability to accelerate businesses at scale, and we are delighted he joins us at this exciting time.
“Roger’s appointment is testament to what the Luxtripper team has been able to deliver to date. He will be invaluable to support and steer the company as we are poised for accelerated growth.”