Abercrombie & Kent Opens Office in Madrid - Gloria Asensio appointed General Manager

Abercrombie & Kent Opens Office in Madrid - Gloria Asensio appointed General Manager
February 2018
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Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent is opening an office in Madrid.  This is the company’s fifth office in Europe.  “We have seen a dramatic increase in tailor made private travel to Spain and Portugal over the past two years,” explains Abercrombie & Kent Executive Vice-President - Destination Management Jonathan White. “We felt it was important to have a dedicated office in Madrid to manage the complex logistics of travel in the region and guarantee the exclusive insider access and personalized service that travel advisors have come to expect from A&K.”

Abercrombie & Kent has been curating itineraries to Spain and Portugal for more than 25 years. Art lovers relish time spent in Madrid, Bilbao and Malaga, whilst those seeking culture are spoilt for choice in Seville, Toledo and Granada.  The culinary offerings are incomparable, from the gastronomic excesses of San Sebastian to the exquisite wineries of La Rioja.  The mountainous regions of the Pyrenees and Andalucía offer a chance to get off the beaten path and be active, while the more relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle can be enjoyed al fresco in the plazas of Barcelona or the luxury yacht-lined harbours of Mallorca and Marbella.

Portugal remains an undiscovered gem with a rich history. The city of Lisbon is a bridge between the Old and New Worlds, as well as being a beautiful and vibrant European city.  The Douro Valley is the gateway to stunning vistas, quaint villages and the finest wine producing regions. The steep hills, tiled palaces and atmospheric port houses of Porto are not to be missed.

Every journey in Spain & Portugal is orchestrated by A&K’s expert local guides: lifelong residents who know the ins and outs of every stop on the itinerary. Each holiday is also supported by a host of dedicated A&K personnel who guests may encounter briefly -- or never meet at all -- from the representative who greets them at the airport, to the staff behind the scenes who make each journey run without a hitch.

 A&K Spain & Portugal General Manager Gloria Asensio brings more than 20 years of experience in the travel industry with a strong background in developing new products, negotiating with suppliers and coordinating logistics.  Passionate about the wine regions of La Rioja, her personal connections open doors to the finest wineries.

Janelle Norman focuses on designing creative wine, gastronomy, history and culture tours, personalized for each client, while Ana Tovar delivers the highest quality service to agency clients.

The man who heads up new product development is former diplomat Simon Butler-Madden, who shares his vast knowledge of the arts, politics, and culture of the Iberian Peninsula to curate new experiences.  He lives on an olive farm and is passionate about the gastronomic elements that can transform any Spain or Portugal itinerary. 

“Abercrombie & Kent is committed to expanding our network of more than 55 offices in 30 countries in order to provide the highest level of personalized service and attention to detail,” explains White. “A local presence is the secret to our success in delivering the kind of insider access that has built our reputation and which continues to earn A&K recognition as the gold standard of luxury travel. We continue to look for opportunities to enter new markets, whether through acquisitions or setting up our own offices.”

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