Matt Rushbrooke

Matt Rushbrooke

Director of Touring & Tailormade

I embarked on my career in travel some 25 years ago when I took a management degree in Tourism at Plymouth University. Having enjoyed my thesis on tour operators, I joined Hayes & Jarvis to work in reservations for a couple of years. I then moved on to become a Far East Team Leader at Destination Group, before starting at Key2Holidays in 2003 where I was the Product Manager for the Far East, Caribbean, Middle East and Indian Ocean. Key2Holidays was acquired by Western & Oriental in 2007 and I was made General Manager overseeing sales, marketing and product development. In July 2015 what was then known as ITC Luxury Travel acquired Western & Oriental and I was appointed Head of Product. More recently, I have moved into the role of Director of Touring & Tailor-made here at the Inspiring Travel Company to concentrate on product development and sales for the specialist division of the business.

Where I have travelled recently

I recently went with my family to Sri Lanka. I had been before to the Cultural Triangle and west coast, but this time explored the stunning east coast's beaches and the country's south coast, where we were lucky enough to see two blue whales and pods of dolphins.

Most Memorable Experience

There's quite a few on my list! Swimming with whale sharks in the Maldives is definitely one. I will also never forget climbing a volcano in Bali and jumping out of a plane at 10,000ft in New Zealand - I won't be doing that in a hurry again!

My Favourite Destination

This is always a tricky question, in the Far East I would have to narrow it down to Vietnam because of its fantastic culture and beaches. There are so many places to explore from Hanoi to Halong Bay in the North, Hoi An and Danang in the centre and Ho Chi Minh and the Mekong Delta in the South.

My Favourite Accommodation

There are so many to choose from... it depends which country we're talking about! In India it would be the Oberoi Rajvilas in Jaipur, a former royal residence set in exquisite landscaped gardens, filled with beautiful trees and exotic birds.

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