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Orange & Black Motorcycle Tours opens U.S. base

gary-new-job2H-C Travel, the UK’s longest established and leading motorcycle tour operator, is excited to announce the launch of a new US subsidiary to take on key operational elements of its Orange & Black Harley-Davidson® authorised motorcycle tours and rentals programme. David Grist is President and Colorado-based Gary ‘Bear’ Fleshman is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of H-C Travel Inc. Gary will continue to guide tours.sealing-the-deal2

David Grist, owner of H-C Travel, says “Our company mantra has always been ‘only the best is good enough!’ I am continually looking at how we can improve our tour services to ensure that we offer a unique and unrivalled motorcycling experience for our customers. Setting up a US subsidiary makes total commercial and professional sense for us, and our customers. I am absolutely delighted that Gary has agreed to join us. Apart from being one the best tour guides on the planet, he brings unrivalled touring knowledge and incredible enthusiasm to the company.”

This move will bring several immediate and longer term advantages:
• Added flexibility in the design and running of Orange & Black guided and self-guided tours
• Increased responsiveness to meet the wishes of a growing and loyal customer base
• Improved financial control and enhanced protection from the vagaries of a volatile exchange rate
• Access to the US motorcycle touring market and stronger US business relationships
• New opportunities to work with travel trade partners and motorcycle clubs worldwide

Customers will see immediate benefits:
• No tour or rental price increases for all 2017 bookings made in 2016
• Improved on-tour services
• A new tour, guided by Gary – Legends of the West, in October 2017
• A new self-guided tour – Tour 49, crossing from Calgary, Canada into the USA and back
• Guaranteed 2017 Harley-Davidson authorised motorcycles for all customers (with the all new Milwaukee 8 engine on all touring models).

H-C Travel Inc. is a company incorporated in Delaware and registered in Colorado. H-C Travel Ltd was established in 1994 as a specialist motorcycle tour operator in the UK. Its Orange & Black brand offers Harley-Davidson® authorised guided tours, self-guided tours and rentals in the USA. It is uniquely positioned in the UK motorcycle tour market with professional travel industry recognition, ATOL bonding and TTA membership to provide legal and financial peace of mind for our customers.

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