The history of Macleay Valley Travel goes back to 1988, when Alan Davies sold his Nissan car dealership & John Deere & Kubota dealership in Kempsey. He started travelling extensively and discovered that he seemed to have a better idea of putting overseas tours together than did the professional travel agents.
Being too young to retire, Alan purchased Macleay Valley Travel in Kempsey. At that time this was a one employee agency. After he purchased the agency he noticed that the few agencies that were selling fully conducted overseas tours, were charging exorbitant prices for these tours - particulary if the tour leader was a "name" from the fields of sports or politics.
There was clearly an opening in the market for value-for-money conducted tours and Alan decided to fill this market niche.
The first tour in 1992 had only five tour participants. But since then the business has rocketed to over 90 tours per year with several thousand tour participants. For Alan the most pleasing aspect of the business is that at least 60% of new clients are a direct result of recommendations from existing clients.
On the 1st July 2011, Alan's son Bryn took over as the manager of Macleay Valley Travel. Bryn commenced working at the travel agency on a part time basis on the 1st July 2005. In addition to this Bryn was a police officer in the NSW Police Force for ten years, having worked at Kempsey, Crescent Head and Port Macquarie. Bryn was also a Private in the Army Reserve, but left these positions upon taking full time employment with Macleay Valley Travel. Bryn has a diploma in Tourism and is a Justice of the Peace. He is married with one son and resides in the Macleay Valley area, where he was born and raised.
Alan still has a significant role within the business, particulary in regard to planning new tours.
In November 2013 Macleay Valley Travel moved from the Clyde Street Mall to a more central location at 33 Smith Street Kempsey. Smith Street was the old Pacific Highway prior to it being bypassed.
Today Macleay Valley Travel has a staff of twelve people.
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