Hampshire-based The Natural Travel Collection has acquired one of the UK’s leading diving tour operators, Ely-based Regaldive from Explore Worldwide Ltd. Regaldive joins existing dive brand, Dive Worldwide at The Natural Travel Collection (TNTC). Together they form what is thought to be the largest dive offering in the UK. The two dive brands, which have complementary areas of specialism, will be operated as separate entities.
The Natural Travel Collection is a small, privately-owned travel company established by Chris Breen, founder of Wildlife Worldwide, and Teresa Bennett, founder of Dive Worldwide, and supported by a highly knowledgeable and specialist team.
Commenting, Teresa Bennett, a director of TNTC said, “2018 marks 30 years of Regaldive packaging diving holidays and my co-directors Chris Breen, Nick Joynes and I now look forward to taking the brand to a new level with the help of our expert team, all of whom are passionate about diving and discovering life beneath the surface of the ocean. We are delighted to welcome Regaldive to the portfolio, who are specialists in Egypt and the Red Sea region, among other territories.”
The other brands within The Natural Travel Collection, which now has a staff of 40, include:
- Wildlife Worldwide – The finest tailor-made wildlife holidays and cruises
- Families Worldwide – Adventure holidays and activity experiences designed for families
- Walks Worldwide – Guided small group and tailor-made walking and trekking holidays
- Schools Worldwide – Overseas school trips, projects, expeditions and study-based field treks
- The Travelling Naturalist – Expert-led wildlife and birding holidays for small groups of naturalists.
With Regaldive joining the fold, the future is bright for divers. Whatever a diver’s passion – shark diving, wreck diving, muck-diving, underwater photography, even snorkelling – and whether a complete beginner or a seasoned expert, in a small group departure or as a tailor-made holidays of a lifetime, there will be something for everyone. Featuring remote and far-flung destinations, with liveaboards, resorts, and dive centres the world over, there are dozens of destinations in Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and the islands of the Pacific.
In 1992 Chris Breen began Wildlife Worldwide, specialising in first class tailor-made wildlife holidays to Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Polar regions.
In 2000 Teresa Bennett, together with Chris Breen, began Dive Worldwide, specialising in tailor-made diving holidays to the South Pacific, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
In 2014 the Collection acquired The Travelling Naturalist, providing small group tours led by experienced naturalists.
In 2016 Schools Worldwide, Families Worldwide and Walks Worldwide were acquired, all of which were originally created by Chris in the late 1990’s, with the former being run by Nick Joynes (a TNTC director).
For further information on The Natural Travel Collection visitwww.thenaturaltravelcollection.com or call 01962 302068.