Interview with Alison Scott, Commercial Director of Simpson Travel

Alison Scott joined Simpson Travel as the Commercial Director in June this year. However she is more than familiar with the Simpson Travel group having worked in Product and Operations for Simply Travel (a very successful tour operation run and owned by Graham Simpson for over 20 years and sold in the late 1990s) for over seven years. Before rejoining Simpson Travel this year Alison has enjoyed an exciting career with other reputable luxury travel brands including Elegant Resorts and ITC Classics. Alison has always had a passion for the travel industry which started when she left University to work as an overseas rep – she’s been in the industry ever since.

What is it that you do exactly?

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

All of it, I love what I do but at the moment the challenge of developing and setting up the Exclusive brand is probably the most exciting. It’s rare to have an opportunity to start something literally from scratch and build as you would like. It’s challenging but it’s putting all my years of experience into practise .. and a bit more.

What would you say are the 3 best places you’ve ever stayed?

What’s been your most memorable dining experience to date?

Without a doubt the ‘Culinary Flight’ at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai. Their signature dining experience – you basically spend an afternoon eating a different course in each restaurant in the hotel. Incredible food and a lot of fun.

Have you rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous, either through your work or your travels?

Yes a lot but I think discretion is key…

What currently ranks highest on your travel wish list?

Cuba is next on my hit list.

Thank you for taking part in our interview, Alison. Your ‘Culinary Flight’ at the Burj certainly sounds like quite an experience!

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