Richard Calvert has 28 years of experience in the international travel and leisure industry. Born and raised in Wales, UK, from humble beginnings, Richard forged an impressive international career path that ultimately led him to becoming President & CEO of The Celebration Travel Group.
His career began in the ski industry working as an overseas tour rep in the tiny Principality of Andorra in the Pyrenees. Richard soon became a highly proficient skier whilst also mastering the Spanish language.
He quickly progressed through the ranks of various international travel companies, specializing in Product and Purchasing. After spending over 15 years living and working in Spain, he moved back to the UK in 2002. His travel expertise led him to become the Overseas Purchasing Director for UK, Canada and Scandinavia for Tui Travel Plc, the world’s largest integrated travel organization. Richard left Tui Travel in 2008 to join Thomas Cook, one of the oldest and most recognizable travel companies in the world as UK Managing Director of Tour Operations.
He is passionate about travel and has visited over 63 countries around the globe on business or pleasure. Richard has a reputation and successful track record of setting and achieving strategic goals, especially in the area of negotiation, product innovation and customer delivery.
Happily married to his wife, Emma for over 12 years, Richard is a very keen sports enthusiast, with particular interest in skiing and rugby. He is a proud Welsh-speaking Welshman and regularly returns to Wales to visit his family and lifelong circle of friends.
Richard is also a shareholder of Inspire Sport, the UK leader in overseas professional sports coaching and development tours and some start up technology companies.