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Neilson Active Holidays: Providing support

Secondary buyout supporting award-winning holiday company as its management team looks to expand.

Neilson Active Holidays is the UK's leading provider of overseas active holidays.

Deal type
  • Secondary buyout

Neilson offers a range of award-winning overseas active holidays across seven European countries, including beach clubs, ski chalets and yachts.

Demand-driven expansion

To support its organic expansion strategy, the management team partnered with LDC in August 2018 to support consumer demand for activity and wellness holidays.

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LDC has a successful track record in the travel industry, but most importantly the investment team bought into our vision and growth strategy completely. This is critically important as we embark on the next phase of our journey.”
David Taylor, CEO
Neilson Active Holidays

Leading with experience

The business is led by CEO David Taylor, formerly of TUI, and Chairman Richard Bowden-Doyle, the former Managing Director of Thomson Holidays and Lastminute.com, and more recently Non-Executive Director of Saga Travel Group.

David and Richard both joined Neilson in 2013, and under their management Neilson has become the UK’s leading overseas activity holiday specialist.

Gold-standard holidays

In November 2018 Neilson was voted gold for both the UK’s Best Activity and Sports Holiday Company and the Best Ski and Winter Sports Holiday Company at the illustrious 2018 British Travel Awards. It was Neilson’s fifth consecutive gold for the Best Activity and Sports Holiday Company.


Best Activity and Sports Holiday Company

2018 British Travel Awards

Best Ski and Winter Sports Holiday Company

2018 British Travel Awards