Stuart McKay, Suzanne and Andy Leighton, Andrew Parke Stuart McKay, Suzanne and Andy Leighton, Andrew Parke

Fuzion acquires Travelwise

After 28 years Andy and Suzanne Leighton are handing over the reins of tour company Travelwise Holidays Ltd to the team at Fuzion Travel.

The company has a tradition of boutique, fully escorted tours for mature travellers and the Leightons will be active in the business for some time while Andrew Parke and Stuart McKay get their feet ‘under the desk’ with the Travelwise crew over coming years.

‘It has been a sensational run for the two of us and our team of tour leaders over nearly three decades of travel and tour adventures around New Zealand and the globe, however we felt the time had come to inject some younger blood into the company,’ Andy Leighton says.

The management team at Fuzion Travel have stated they continue to seek investment opportunities despite the border issues and saw Travelwise Holidays as a perfect fit. Travelwise already has a strong domestic focus and that will be increasing over the next 12 months.

‘Covid-19 has not only encouraged us to seriously streamline our broker model but also presented what we see as some significant changes in customers’ needs going forward,’ says McKay. ‘We see personally managed and escorted tours enjoying a real resurgence in popularity and not just for the mature market.’

Parke says the ability for consumers to have not only have an agent by their side throughout the booking process but also a trained professional on the actual tour is seen as mandatory now by many people.

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