Wednesday February 26, 2014
Clive Jacobs made an honorary Fellow of the Tourism Society
At a convivial lunch in Westminster organised by the Tourism Consultants Network on February 25th, members and guests listened to Clive Jacobs relate a quite extraordinary tale of rags to riches, quietly and laconically told. With no formal education but plenty of early exposure to real life on building sites and fish stalls, and with formidable drive and through trial and error, he worked his way to his first fortune by his early thirties.
Since then he has made a significant impact in the tourism and hospitality industry, notably as founder of Holiday Autos, the sale of which to Lastminute.com allowed him to acquire two venerable industry publications - Travel Weekly and the Caterer & Hotelkeeper – whose circulation figures he has multiplied many times over despite the pressures on print publications. He told amusing anecdotes of how to make a small fortune even smaller by investing in celebrity chefs, and made some pertinent observations on Government’s continuing refusal to treat seriously an industry that creates so many jobs and offers so many opportunities for growth.
During the lunch, Clive Jacobs was presented with an honorary Fellowship of the Tourism Society (of which the TCN is a specialist section) by its President, Lord Thurso MP, who spoke amusingly of Mr Jacobs’ amazingly wide range of achievements. “A really inspiring lunch and guest of honour, super venue and company” said Sandra Matthews-Marsh, Chairman of the Tourism Society. This was the first of what is planned to be a regular series of guest-speaker lunches organised by TCN.
l-r: Roger Goodacre FTS, Clive Jacobs FTS, Lord Thurso MP FTS