EXO Travel Group is still privately owned and operated by its founders, Olivier Colomes and Hamish Keith, along with the Apple Tree Group. Their head office in Bangkok provides strategic management and operational direction along with a broad range of support functions.
Each EXO country is a fully licensed and registered tourism company owned and operated by EXO Travel alongside an active local partner and headed by an experienced, highly capable General Manager. There are dedicated teams in place within each destination for Adventure, MICE and Luxury Travel, each supported by multilingual reservations teams and specialised product teams.
Despite their large size, they remain firmly committed to their roots, providing personalised services while utilising extensive local knowledge and maintaining exceptional attention to detail. They continue to see theirselves not only as travel pioneers, but as a nimble, innovative company that meets and exceeds the demands of clients by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the region.
The EXO story began in Vietnam back in 1993 when four young entrepreneurs, Eric Merlin, Olivier Colomes, Denis Colonna and Thụy Khang Trần, met each other and realised that it was the perfect time and place to start a travel company. Shortly after, Exotissimo was created, and was the first foreign-owned company to receive a tourism operating license in Vietnam.
From these modest roots, they quickly set about creating Vietnam’s most innovative and exciting tours, opening the country up to curious, dynamic travellers. Before long, they had gained widespread notoriety for their consistency and ingenuity, quickly becoming Vietnam’s most trusted destination management company (DMC).
Eager to continue their pioneering role of travel innovation in Asia, they began to look outside the borders of Vietnam to expand their influence. In 1995, they founded a partnership with a local operator in Myanmar and officially launched their second destination.
Utilising this stable foundation, they moved into their developmental period, building off their already substantial expertise, knowledge and connections to become even more consistent, better-organised and more innovative.
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