Mike PhillipsMichael Phillips, Managing Director and CEO of Perception Travel Co. Ltd. was born in the UK in 1952 and educated at Haileybury College, Hertford.

After graduating he embarked on a career in the Insurance industry, rising to become Insurance Manager of a large private company based in London. In 1997 the company he worked for was taken over by a large US organisation, Cendant, and Michael became a casualty of the reorganisation.

Realising that he was far too young to retire – nor did the finances allow – he reinvented himself as a tour guide of the D-Day Landing Beaches of Normandy.

The next year saw the release of the movie, “Saving Private Ryan”, and thereafter his business exploded in the best possible sense. There was a strong demand for the American market who, finding themselves in London either on vacation or not, who wished to visit the historic D-Day Landing Beaches of Normandy.

Unfortunately communications between the UK and Normandy are long winded, – a timetable of trains, and ferries often taking a day to get there and a day to get back which is not ideal in a vacation lasting perhaps seven days. There is no convenient daily commercial flight from the UK to Normandy. Demand for a bespoke private service was evident leading to the creation of Perception Travel Co. Ltd. whose aim is to take clients from London to discover the prime sites of the D-Day Landing Beaches on a tour lasting 7 hours on the ground in Normandy.

 

Previous clients who have toured with Michael include Mr George Will, Broadcaster, Baseball Fan and Author, Mr Herb Kelleher, Founder of Southwest Airlines and Mr Edgar Bronfman Jr., Businessman.