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Dewey said, “Well, what a trip that was. I have made the decision to retire after 44 years in this amazing industry.

“It has been an honor to look after so many clients’ holidays, but now it’s time for my family to enjoy their holidays with me. I will know where to come to organize my trips in the future!

“I am leaving the office in the capable hands of Cath, Lynn and Steph, who will be led by the Fred Olsen Travel team.”

“Great cultural fit”

Advantage CEO Julia Lo Bue-Said’s sale will ensure the store remains part of Advantage and avoid competition between the consortium and one of its members, Fred Olsen Travel.

“Solent World Travel, led by Chris Dewey, has been a highly valued part of the Advantage family for over 15 years,” said Lo Bue-Said. “During this time, they have grown not only as a company, but as a wholly owned commercial division, they have become a valuable part of our team. Although the decision to sell was a difficult one, I believe it is the right one for the business and the Solent World Travel team.

“We have no intention of competing with our members by strategically operating our own stores, so this move is designed to ensure the Solent team is part of a business community that can meet its future needs. Solent’s long-term needs will be better met by becoming part of a company that has travel retail at its heart, and there is also an excellent cultural fit under Paul Hardwick’s leadership, which we believe will make the transition easier for our people.”

Lo Bue-Said added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chris and the Solent team for their unwavering loyalty and commitment to Advantage over the years, and given that Fred Olsen Travel is a highly respected member of Advantage, it is a pleasure to to think they will continue to be part of the broader Advantage family.”