This past year has seen many of our valued travelers enjoying exciting adventures on our escorted tours, as well as a number who we have sent privately to varied destinations across the globe, including Poland, Peru & Machu Picchu, Chile & Argentina wine tour, Thailand Family Adventure, river cruises in Europe, Vietnam & Cambodia, luxury train journeys on the Belmond Eastern & Oriental Express in Malaysia, Rovos Rail and Shongololo Express train journeys around South Africa and to the west coast of Namibia.
(Angkor Wat drawing courtesy of our client, Rodney Grosskopff, who sketched his way around South East Asia in October with his wife, Eileen.)
As yet another year draws to a close, the winds of change are coming to Pannell’s Tours. After over 30 years in travel and having made many friends around the world, Louise Pannell has decided it is time to take up a very well earned retirement. On 01 March 2018 Louise will hand over the reins to Judy Vos, her partner in Pannell's Tours since 2013. Under Judy's leadership, Pannell’s will continue to offer exciting tours to exotic destinations across the globe. If you who have traveled with Pannell's in recent years, you may have met Judy on a tour or become acquainted via e-mail as a tour comes together. Judy will be joined by her daughter, Lorienne, who will introduce a refreshing younger view to the company and take the lead in coaxing Pannell’s Tours more fully into the digital age. Having traveled extensively, Lorienne brings with her a love of travel plus expertise in finance, administration and social media.
Louise will be sorely missed, but she will still be available to lead occasional escorted tours, which will be the case for Alaska Great Adventure in August and Classic Croatia in September 2018. She has a special message below for all our fellow travellers. Judy will be leading the tour to Vietnam & Angkor Wat in April and there are other exciting options in the pipeline for later in the year.
Our travelers are indeed spoiled for choice next year - please take a moment to have a look at our upcoming ESCORTED TOURS
Message from Louise:
It is with mixed feelings that I am writing this. For 32 years travel has been my passion, my business, my life. 27 of these wonderful years were shared with my late husband, business partner and soul mate James. During this time I have been privileged and blessed to travel to all corners of our beautiful world and to meet and make lasting friendships with many wonderful people from various different countries. It is now time for me to retire from the business, but not from the many wonderful friendships and I will stay in touch. I wish to thank and pay tribute to the numerous loyal travellers who have supported Pannell’s Tours over the years.
Some of our clients have been travelling with me since the 1980s and still join our tours, which means we must be doing it right. Judy has acquired all the necessary skills and expertise and more importantly, she also has the same passion for service beyond the norm as well as attention to detail and I am confident that with her at the helm, Pannell’s Tours can only go from strength to strength. I will still be available as a tour leader when Judy needs me. My last official tour as a partner in Pannell’s Tours will be Bhutan, Land of Happiness in February 2018. We still have a couple of seats available if anyone would like to join me on my farewell TOUR TO BHUTAN
We wish you and your families a bright and cheerful festive season and a New Year marking the start of brighter and more exciting journeys. Enjoy the ride!
Louise in Alaska, India, Croatia & Turkey
Judy in Ecuador, Argentina, Poland & Thailand