PP Travel - A Brief History
We are specialists in "must do" events such as the Munich Oktoberfest, the Running of the Bulls (San Fermin) in Pamplona, Royal Ascot racing, La Tomatina and more.
For over Two Decades our tours have been renowned for their quality, high level of organisation and most importantly - their FUN!
PP Travel celebrated its 25th year of operation in the 2015 Party Year when again it took thousands of passengers to the major European festivals. This is a far cry from where it all started in Pamplona, back in 1991, with just two coaches, a handful tents, a small number of keen hardworking crew and naturally some eager party going passengers. However, two and a bit decades on and PP - "the Party Professionals" are still just as keen, still hardworking and continue to operate the best party tours to the major festivals. PP still has the same owners, same management staff, and the same commitment to our passengers and crew that we had back when things started in 1991.
PP Travel - A Brief History
PP Travel's years of parties started with just two coach loads of passengers, three ground crew and only a handful of tents at the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona back in 1991. The idea was to run a series of very well organised, but also easy going fun tours to what were the founder's passions: Europe's biggest and wildest festivals. That first tour to Spain was naturally an amazing sangria-fuelled week of fun, run by a small group of "party professionals".
Originally known as "Kozzie Travel, (from Kiwi-Ozzie) - the Party Professionals", the initial success of that first small Pamps trip led the two couriers/founders, Colin "Bomber" Dale (Melbourne, AUS) and Debbie Neich (Lower Hutt, NZ), to taking more than three times the number of partygoers to the Oktoberfest just two months later. This was quickly followed up by successful tours to the Rugby World Cup and New Year's Eve "Hogmanay" in Edinburgh.
Years on from those humble early days not all that much has changed for the "Party Professionals". PP Travel is still owned by Bomber and Debs. They are still dedicated to just the big festival/sporting destinations. The tours are still well organised, fun events with a hard-working dedicated crew.
However, there is one, well, actually two, "slight" differences: now, when PP heads off to Spain it is with over 1100 passengers plus a further 100 crew. To the Munich Oktoberfest they take annually 2000 passengers! Also, Debs is now Mrs Dale with two junior Bombers (Greg and Zoe) and they got engaged at the Beerfest ... where else!
The original idea and decision to go "on their own" was actually made at Pamplona a year earlier from that initial tour in a restaurant beside what is now PP's "Beach 'n Pamps" camp at Zarautz.
By being a "crew orientated" operation - selecting, training and looking after dedicated staff - they believed they could provide a quality service to the big party destinations for mainly London-based Aussies and Kiwis.
PP tours were an immediate hit. But their "offices" still remained very humble in the early years. As Kozzie Travel (now the formal company name behind PP Travel) the tours were sold in '91 and '92 from a first floor cloakroom of a Kings Cross pub. Then, for the next three years, thousands had to make the tube journey out to suburban Dollis Hill, to book their Oktoberfest or Hogmanay tours at the front door of a house. The main PP HQ was in the bedroom!
In 1996 PP Travel moved Notting Hill Gate where the popularity of their tours has continued to grow and grow over the next 9 years. Despite being been by far the biggest operator in this market and they have avoided the temptation to diverge into other fields, concentrating still on what they reckon they know best - running "good old Kiwi/Aussie party tours".
Having outgrown their Notting Hill Gate premises a decade ago, the success of PP Travel saw their operation relocated right into the heart of London's West End - Leicester Square, at 5 Irving St. at the end of 2004. The larger offices have been a hit over the past 10 years - and now include PP staff's own bar!
According to Bomber the reason behind the success of PP is simple: crew. "It's the people who have worked for us that have made all the difference," he said. "You have to be organised and you have to have really good crew. We've been lucky to have had so many great people working for us over the years. These are usually fellow Aussies and Kiwis who really do try their best, do care that the tour is a success and really want their passengers to enjoy themselves."