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About Abercrombie & Kent

When you want to commune with lions and elephants without roughing it, you go with Abercrombie & Kent USA (A&K USA). It is the American arm of Luxembourg-based Abercrombie & Kent Group, which provides luxury travel packages (including safaris, cruises, and train travel) to places like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and Egypt. Travelers are accompanied – more... by local guides who are employees, not subcontractors. The company also has a private vacation option called the Marco Polo Club, which offers discounts and other perks. Chairman and CEO Geoffrey Kent and executive vice chairman Jorie Butler Kent lead Abercrombie & Kent. A&K's roots reach back to 1962, when it was founded as a safari company in Kenya.

Geoffrey Kent was born while his parents were on safari in Zambia. After growing up in Africa, he founded Abercrombie & Kent with his parents. The younger Kent expanded the company over the years, opening offices in London and the US. A&K owns a fleet of Sun Boats (on the Nile river), safari lodges in Botswana and other locations, and exclusive camping rights in Africa. The company's Residence Club is a time-share option for the well-to-do. Members get to enjoy luxury homes in places like Belize, the West Indies, Egypt, and in the US at ski, golf, and beach resorts.

A&K USA has noted that family vacations are accounting for an increasing portion of its bookings. Families generated about 20% of bookings in 2011, compared to about 5% in 2006. Indeed, spending on travel has been on the up-and-up since the US economy has been recovering from the deep recession.

In late 2010 Abercrombie & Kent USA agreed to repay about 550 clients who had invested £125 million in a time-share operation. The settlement came as a result of the company failing to disclose it was licensing its name to Tanner & Haley Destination Clubs, which went bankrupt in 2006. Tanner & Haley clients said they believed they were joining a club operated by A&K, and so they pursued the company for compensation after Tanner & Haley went out of business. (The names of the Tanner & Haley ventures were Private Retreats by Abercrombie & Kent and Distinctive Retreats by Abercrombie & Kent, and the soaps used by Tanner & Haley were embossed with A&K's name.)  – less

Abercrombie & Kent Employer Reviews

Destination Manager (Former Employee), TorontoOctober 6, 2013
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