Battlefield Guide leads from the front

Loxwood man Major Simon Hopkin is a Chief Battlefield Guide for Battlefield and Remembrance Tour Operator Spirit of Remembrance (Spirit).

Simon Hopkin
Simon Hopkin

He specilases in First and Second World War battlefields and is a fluent French speaker which is always helpful visiting battlefield in France. With perfect timing he and his colleagues are seeking investment on Crowdcube, the leader in UK crowd funding, in time for the First World War centenary years 2014 -2018.

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The company, which has been trading successfully for the past year, plans to gear up to meet the expected increase demand over the next five centenary years.

Simon added: “I really enjoy introducing people to past battles and conflicts and the challenge of bringing these historical scenarios alive.

“I have been guiding for the last 12 years and hope very much we can pass on the interest in the First World War in particular to more and more people in the 2014-18 Centenary years”.

In addition to their strong UK market, Spirit differentiates itself in the market by focusing on family history/military enthusiasts and veterans in Commonwealth countries, particularly in Canada,Australia, India and New Zealand as well as the US.

Unlike many other battlefield tour operators, Spirit of Remembrance is also a fully licensed and authorised online travel agent, enabling it to offer full security of client funds along with “best value” travel and accommodation.

Besides an explosion of interest in family history worldwide there is enormous public and government interest in and promotion of the First World War Centenary 2014-18 with the UK, Australian, New Zealand,Canadian and US Governments committing over £100 million over this period. Spirit has positioned itself to capture the lion’s share of this interest and is perfectly positioned to ‘ride the wave’ with forward ‘pipeline’ bookings totalling some 50% of their year 1 sales projections along with a major 5 year group travel contract (2014-2018) already in place.

“Battlefield Tourism and Remembrance will”, said Managing Director Nikki Archer - Waring, “be a significant feature of the 2014-18 period. We have a unique business that is fully geared up and ready to capitalize on this ‘once in a 100 years’ event. With the 70th Anniversary of WW2 ‘D Day’ in 2014 as well as the WW1 centenary and the 65th Anniversary in 2018 of the Korean War, Spirit is going to be very busy”.

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