The Woods Travel Group
Celebrating over 40 years
in the Travel Industry
It all began in 1971 with two London boys and two Zephyr-Zodiacs, providing quality taxi services from a small office in Aldwick. Now our company runs the premier private coach hire service on the Sussex coast, has a full international tour programme, an ABTA bonded independent travel agency, runs the Sussex Cruise Club and employs over 45 people.
Roger Elsmere and Bill Wood started the company with the aim of being the best and never deviated from that goal. After the death of Bill Wood, Roger took sole charge of the company and by 1992 had opened a second side to the business, Woods Holidays Limited, an ABTA travel agency that was soon also bonded with ATOL. The Sussex Cruise Club was added to the Woods group in January 2008 to highlight the travel agency’s cruising expertise and has gone from strength to strength.
The tour programme began in 1982 offering just five UK destinations. 2012 has seen over 125 departures, carrying over 6500 passengers to various destinations ranging from The Isles of Scilly to Eastbourne to the Austrian Lakes.
The day excursion programme covers everything from train rides to boat trips, gardens to London shows (limited pick up area).
Roger Elsmere believes that his company can cater for the modern-day traveller, and he has a good idea why Woods coach holidays will be the popular choice again this year. "People are becoming more demanding about what they want from their holidays, requiring a quality package which still represents excellent value for money. ”
“We have also found that our door-to-door service by taxi to the coach pick up point has proved to be popular for many people across Sussex and Hampshire, especially for the older members of our community.”
Today the business is family-run with Roger as MD, and daughters Tina and Kristy as directors.
In June 2011 Alison Waterfield-Jones (Sales Manager) was the first non family member to be given a directorship. This was in recognition of her tireless work and commitment for over 16 years and of her value to the continuing success of the business.