Cox and Kings - Australia
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About Us

2008 marked the 250th anniversary of the foundation of Cox & Kings, the longest established travel company in the world.

The company’s history stretches back to the summer of 1758 when Richard Cox was appointed as regimental agent to the Foot Guards by his mentor, Lord Ligonier, the Commanding Officer of His Majesty’s Armed Forces.

The role of agent included the arrangement of payment of officers and men, the provision of clothing, serving as a go-between for the buying and selling of officers’ commissions, and acting upon any special requests from the regimental adjutant.

Regimental agents did not have a very good reputation before Cox, but such was his honesty, reliability and organisational ability that he made it a respectable business and Cox & Co soon became the agent for the majority of British regiments. By the end of the 18th century the company served 14 cavalry, 64 infantry and 17 militia regiments. The company’s business grew hand in hand with the British Empire, becoming involved in banking and shipping in addition to its other agency activities.

In the late 19th century, Henry S. King & Co was a rival bank and shipping agency, started by Henry Samuel King and subsequently run for over 45 years by his son, Henry Seymour King, an MP and renowned mountaineer. The company had particularly strong links with India. After the First World War the two companies merged as Cox’s & King’s and moved into grand premises on Pall Mall, in the heart of London. In 1923 the business was sold to Lloyds Bank and whilst the banking arm stayed with Lloyds (becoming the Cox & Kings branch, as it is still known), the shipping agency became a separate company, running tours and organising the passage of people and their belongings around the world, notably to Egypt, India and South Asia.

In 1970, Cox & Kings Agency was bought by Grindlays Bank as part of a deal with the Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, to develop tourism into the country, and so the modern history of the company began.

Cox & Kings has built on the tradition of high quality service and attention to detail established by Richard Cox over 250 years ago and it now provides travel arrangements of the highest calibre in many of the most culturally and naturally fascinating parts of the world. The company is now privately owned and has extended its expertise to cover the Indian Subcontinent, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, Europe and Australia & New Zealand.

Tempo Holidays and Bentours are proud to be an integral part of Cox & Kings
Tempo Holidays (Tempo) started life as Ya’lla Tours and was established in 1990. Tempo is a specialist travel wholesaler focused on the Mediterranean, Europe, Britain and Ireland, Middle East, India and Latin America. From humble beginnings, Tempo has grown to be one of Australia’s most respected travel wholesalers, offering travel arrangements in almost fifty countries. Tempo’s product selection is aimed at providing the FIT (fully independent travel) leisure market with the broadest range of product available. Targeted specialist group travel is also an important part of the product mix.

Tempo’s mission is to be the specialist operator of first choice in all the markets in which we operate, and to ensure that such choice is based on the quality of our products, our service standards, the abilities of our staff and the business and ethical leadership of the Company.
For over 30 years, Bentours has been proudly operating innovative tours and cruises to some of the world’s most spectacular destinations. With a reputation as Australia’s Scandinavian travel specialists, Bentours also offers a huge range of touring options in Russia, the Baltic States, Iceland, Greenland, the Arctic, Antarctica and South America.

From light adventure tours to relaxed cruises and rail journeys, Bentours is proud to offer a travel package for everyone. We are constantly refining our products and seeking out exciting new destinations and activities to ensure our valued customers have the best possible travel experience. We pride ourselves on our flexibility and are always happy to tailor-make a custom itinerary to suit our clients’ needs.

We strive to use our experience and knowledge of unconventional destinations to deliver happy and unique journeys to all our clients.
Explore! Worldwide are the adventure travel experts and have been operating since 1981. The experience and knowledge of the well-established travel company make them one of the world's most trusted adventure travel companies.

With over 450 adventures in over 120 countries, Explore! Worldwide offers you a choice that is second to none. As well as a diverse range of adult discovery tours, Walking and Trekking holidays, Family Adventures, Cycling tours, Wildlife holidays,Tailormade holidays, Polar Adventures and an ever increasing number of Special Interest Discovery tours are also offered. The wide range of activities and experiences, award winning leaders, commitment to responsible travel and a pinch of Explore spirit, keeps customers coming back year after year.
MasterChef Travel is an inspiring collection of culinary holidays designed to reveal the wonders of the world’s great food destinations in the company of local experts, like-minded travellers and, in many cases, MasterChef personalities. The holidays are ideal for anyone with a passion for food and a taste for discovery. Most include sourcing ingredients, expert demonstrations and hands-on cooking, while some are simply a celebration of great food and its place in local cultures. In addition to the culinary elements, most of the holidays include plenty of opportunities for sightseeing. MasterChef Travel holidays are available worldwide and are English-speaking.
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Cox & Kings trades as a division of Tempo Holidays Pty Ltd (ABN 51007331213) in Australia. Tempo Holidays is a member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), and the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO). It is a Licensed Travel Agent (licence number 31341) and belongs to the Travel Compensation Fund which affords consumers peace of mind as payments made to Cox & Kings through Tempo Holidays are automatically covered under the terms of this accreditation.

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