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Bon Voyage

Bon Voyage was founded in Winchester, Hampshire in December 1979 by two travel industry ‘lifers’, Alan Wilson and Alan Orsmond. Originally conceived as a chain of specialist travel agencies the founders changed direction towards tour operation to the USA in the early 1980s. Foreseeing the boom in TransAtlantic travel, Bon Voyage became a pioneer in classified travel advertising in the national press and grew rapidly as a result. A move to the present premises in Southampton in 1987 (later extended) led to a doubling of turnover in two years and the company became one of the first in the UK to be fully computerised for live reservations with the major airlines of the day, such as Pan Am and TWA.