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The Caravan Club acquires Alan Rogers Travel Group

 

Published: 09 October 2012

 

 

The Club is delighted to announce it has acquired the Alan Rogers Travel Group, allowing it to enhance its already renowned Overseas Travel Service.

 

The Alan Rogers Travel Group is a market leader: it publishes Alan Rogers Guides, provides extensive campsite information, sells sites and ferry crossings and is the exclusive UK agent for Camping Cheques. It also owns Belle France, a specialist French tour operator, and a digital media company.

 

This acquisition will enable The Club to add the extensive range of travel products, expertise and service offered by The Alan Rogers Travel Group to its Overseas Travel Service. Please be assured this news will not have an impact on members' existing overseas bookings.

 

Nick Lomas, Director General of The Caravan Club, said, "Club staff will be working with the team at Alan Rogers Travel Group to make products available to members and further details will follow shortly."

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Interesting to read the bit on Camping Cheques, from it do we imply the CC lost its rights to sell Camping Cheques? If so then I can see a strong reason to acquire Alan Rogers as the ferry deals must have brought the CC a lot of business, including ours.

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Well if that leaves the CC and Alan Rogers not selling Camping Cheques where does that leave Camping Cheques is perhaps the question? We have seen quite a migration from Camping Cheques to ACSI in the last couple of years and it seems to be a continuing thrend. The Camping Cheque aspect is something that requires clarification. On the bright side the Club may be able to sell the cheques without the need to book a ferry and hopefully without surcharges, pie in the sky maybe but we can wish!

 

David

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Perhaps those going to 'the show' next week might ask the question??

 

geoff

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Although no longer a member of the Caravan Club I find it disconserting that they have used members money to take over a commercial business. I think this shows once and for all that the Club has fully morphed into a full Commercial Enterprise and not an exclusive club for its members.

I will continue to use Camping Cheques when it suits me but will continue to purchase them direct from the French site which is a lot cheaper anyway.

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Well if that leaves the CC and Alan Rogers not selling Camping Cheques where does that leave Camping Cheques is perhaps the question?

 

David

 

Hi David,

 

I just assumed that C Club would sell Cheques in the same way as Alan Rogers. The exchange rate price differential between the French website and Alan Rogers must have hit them, and will hit the C Club too (£13. 95 v €15). This summer I bought the 7 compulsory Cheques with my ferry crossing and then topped up my card on the French website, net cost £12. 20 each with the exchange rate of the day.

 

I hope the super ferry deals from the C Club, where you buy 7 camping Cheques, continues but I suppose we will just have to 'watch this space'.

 

Gordon

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Have I missed something? Why should this affect the selling of Camping Cheques? Alan Rogers (or Mark Hammerton Travel Service who is the 'parent' company), used to be the Exclusive Agent (and the Caravan Club presumably bought their's from Alan Rogers). Now they've bought out Alan Rogers they (presumably) will still have the exclusive agency. But who knows in these days or corporate mergers, acquisitions, etc.

 

It's interesting to read the Milestones on the Mark Hammerton Travel Service website!

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I agree with Alan J: the Caravan Club is now just a commercial organisation, one which is lucky to have vast numbers of customers, sorry members, voluntarily paying it money every year.

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Rang Camping Cheques this morning to get a ferry price. No changes in the near future according to the person i spoke to. You can still get Cheques from them or the Caravan Club.

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Im a tad skeptical about the effects of this on ferry discounts in the longer term. This year I found it a LOT cheaper to book BF Portsmouth-Caen thru Camping Cheques than with the Club. The merger could reduce price competitiveness IMO.

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Although no longer a member of the Caravan Club I find it disconserting that they have used members money to take over a commercial business. I think this shows once and for all that the Club has fully morphed into a full Commercial Enterprise and not an exclusive club for its members.

I will continue to use Camping Cheques when it suits me but will continue to purchase them direct from the French site which is a lot cheaper anyway.

 

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Im a tad skeptical about the effects of this on ferry discounts in the longer term. This year I found it a LOT cheaper to book BF Portsmouth-Caen thru Camping Cheques than with the Club. The merger could reduce price competitiveness IMO.

 

Just for your info I rang both Camping Cheques and CC to get a price for Brittany Ferries Ports to Caen rtn next Sept. The offer from the Caravan Club was much the better, £333. 65 inc 7 camping cheques It is a much better deal if you take the 7 cheques.

Thats Xtrail and 7. 5 mtr caravan and two adults going out in the afternoon and coming back in the morning. Camping Cheque was £341. 85 with 3 Cheques.

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I agree with Alan J: the Caravan Club is now just a commercial organisation, one which is lucky to have vast numbers of customers, sorry members, voluntarily paying it money every year.

 

I always wonder when people make this sort of statement just who they think profits from the "commercial company". As it is wholly owned by the members and there are no other shareholders then surely it is we the members who benefit?

 

Im a tad skeptical about the effects of this on ferry discounts in the longer term. This year I found it a LOT cheaper to book BF Portsmouth-Caen thru Camping Cheques than with the Club. The merger could reduce price competitiveness IMO.

 

My experience is completely the opposite as our trip was £150 cheaper through the CC. And I did check carefully and it was like for like.

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With the Caravan Clubs acquisition of the Alan Rodgers who are the agents for Camping Cheques in the UK does this now mean that the clubs site network will now be open for use by Camping Cheques as this would be certain to diminish availability for club members?

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The Caravan Club has always sold Camping Cheques, but they've never been for use on Caravan Club sites. I doubt that anything will change now. I imagine this new aquisition is really just to 'front' the Overseas Caravan Club Travel service, with much less 'clunky' software and booking facilities.

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Im a tad skeptical about the effects of this on ferry discounts in the longer term. This year I found it a LOT cheaper to book BF Portsmouth-Caen thru Camping Cheques than with the Club. The merger could reduce price competitiveness IMO.

 

Can I ask what you paid? Through the Club and taking off the cost of the camping cheques ours in May was £250 and I really thought I had the best deal with them.

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I paid £300 net for the ferry (I sold the cheques here) whereas at the time I booked the CC was quoting around £600 for the same June crossings. Could have been bad timing on my part, of course.

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Since 1987 I have only once been able to beat CC rates, on the Channel, and that was with Aferry.

 

Where Camping Cheque offers have been made they were always superior to direct bookings,even with Alan Rogers.

 

geoff

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I paid £300 net for the ferry (I sold the cheques here) whereas at the time I booked the CC was quoting around £600 for the same June crossings. Could have been bad timing on my part, of course.

 

Thanks for that. We normally go Dover Calais but thought it was so good an offer we would save 400 miles motoring there and back. Seeing an earlier post on here we might do the same again this year.

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Have I missed something? Why should this affect the selling of Camping Cheques? Alan Rogers (or Mark Hammerton Travel Service who is the 'parent' company), used to be the Exclusive Agent (and the Caravan Club presumably bought their's from Alan Rogers). Now they've bought out Alan Rogers they (presumably) will still have the exclusive agency. But who knows in these days or corporate mergers, acquisitions, etc.

 

It's interesting to read the Milestones on the Mark Hammerton Travel Service website!

 

 

Ah! Nostalgia. .........It brings it all back

 

Camping Cheques and the founder Guy Christophe at L'Eperviere Gigny

 

http://www. markhammerton. com/company-profile/milestones/

 

http://alanrogers. com/about/

 

http://www. campingcheque. com/legals_58. php

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