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800 James Avenue
Normandy Holdings LLC, Graduate and Professional living for Marywood and the University of Scranton students. Nestled along the Roaring Brook and Nay Aug Park, the suites of Grad Place @ The Mill will combine safety, convenience, and charm with amenities unma... more.
February 1974 with Michael Bruce-Mitford and his wife as directors.
In the Michael Bruce-Mitford, Non-Executive Chairman, aged 60, incorporated VFB Holidays in 1974 with his wife Francoise. Michael was Chairman of the Association of Independent Tour Operators from 1987 to 1990 and served on its governing council for a total of nine years. In addition to the awards won by VFB, the French Government honoured Michael in 1991 with the Medaille du 'Non-Executive Directors' Michael Bruce-Mitford, Richard Hall and Peter Thomson
VFB was established in 1971 by Mike Bruce-Mitford (the current Group Chairman) and his French wife, Francoise Julien, who together pioneered the concept of self-catering ‘gite' holidays in rural France to the British market.Other successes have included the award of the Grand Prix de l'Innovation Touristique for the company's contribution to the development of tourism in rural France and, in 1991, its Chairman, Mike Bruce-Mitford, was among the first British recipients of the French Government's Médaille du Tourisme, a gold medal being added to the bronze in 2002. Mike Bruce-Mitford (Chairman) age 57. Mike founded VFB Holidays in 1971 having previously worked in the film industry.In addition to the many awards won by VFB, Mike himself was honoured by the French government in 1991 with the Médaille du Tourisme, making him one of the first Britons to be recognised in this way.The French government's gold medal was awarded in 2002.Well known in the industry, he was Chairman of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) from 1987 to 1990 and has served on its governing Council for a total nine years.Following the introduction in 1990 of the EC Directive on Package Holidays, Mike was instrumental in founding AITO Trust, the Association's bonding arm.More recently, in 2001, he was responsible for a major three-year marketing initiative by AITO, the organisation from which many of the more obvious candidates for membership of the Group are likely to be drawn.Mike is Chairman of VFB Holidays Ltd. Together with Mike Bruce-Mitford, Peter devised and developed the concept and strategy for the Group.
Maybe it was that that spurred them to launch (Aug 04) their first dedicated Morocco brochure with a range of holidays in 3-5 star hotels, mountain lodges and riads for independent travellers and small groups, but we suspect it was really driven by VFB's chairman, Mike Bruce-Mitford and his wife, Françoise Julien, who have been extensively exploring Morocco for several years and have a shared passion for the country.
succeeded Mike Bruce-Mitford as Chairman in December 2006
In December 2006 Mike Bruce-Mitford retired as non executive Chairman and stepped down from the Board. I succeeded Mike as non executive Chairman and would like to extend the Board's thanks to Mike for the contribution he made as Chairman to Travelzest.
The vision created by VFB Holiday founder Michael Bruce-Mitford, was to build a highly profitable, fast-growing travel group for the modern holiday market, offering travellers the best available online travel retail experience and a range of outstanding specialised holiday experiences.
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