Orbital Communications is owned and operated by Simon Beck, a well-known and respected personality in the industry who is passionate about travel. We are Africa and Indian ocean specialists and really love working with this very special part of the world and sharing its charm and magic with others.
Simon has extensive international travel experience, working for some of the UK's leading commercial organisations.
He launched Orbital Communications in January 2012 after working for a leading PR and representation consultancy and seeing the opportunity to service and support clients with a more focussed approach.
Simon's experience in the leisure travel industry was consolidated with over six years working on World Travel Market, the world's largest business-to-business travel exhibition, where he managed and developed the Africa, Asia / Pacific and Middle East regions.
Simon was also previously responsible for the overseas division of International Confex, where he gained vital experience of the meetings, incentive, conference and exhibition industry (MICE).
During his career he has worked with numerous Tourism Ministers and Directors of Tourist Boards, discussing and advising UK strategies, and creating and managing powerful campaigns.
Testimonials from the travel industry........
"As a fast growing and dynamic business, we look for partners who are open minded, business savvy and innovative – qualities that Simon has embodied by the bucket-full. The result has been increasingly close ties with his portfolio that have played a central role in the unprecedented growth of our Africa business"
Tor Saner, Africa Product Manager
Imagine Africa & Scott Dunn
"I've known Simon since he set up Orbital. With a highly professional and persistent approach to his business there are very few representation companies who look after their clients quite so well."
Julian Carter-Manning, Director and Co-founder
Yellow Zebra Safaris
"Simon is a champ. I love his endless enthusiasm and willing attitude, nothing is too much for him. He is always available and has been really keen to help whenever he can. If I owned a property, I'd want this chap making sure people know about it!"
Byron Thomas, Head of Africa
"Simon is dynamic and full of ideas, passion and creativity - importantly he is a pleasure to work with and most critically understands his clients inside out."
Nick Jenkins, Managing Director
Safari & Beach
"Simon is hugely passionate and committed to his clients and will go that extra mile to make the difference"
Fiona Jeffery OBE, Ex Chairman
World Travel Market
"Simon is very passionate, committed and dedicated to the properties he represents. He has consistently provided us with a very clear and concise understanding of what these properties offer to ensure we are able to maximise sales with our agents. Importantly he is always available to assist, support and guide the sales team to ensure they close the sale. His enthusiasm for Africa comes across every time he provides training with our sales team."
Taqi Moledina, CEO
Alpha Travel UK Ltd (part of the ARP Travel Group)
"Simon continually ensures we have the information we need to convert enquiries into bookings and provides everything in an efficient and enthusiastic manner. He promotes unique properties with huge passion and is a very trusted Africa partner for us."
Mark Young, Destination Manager
Hayes & Jarvis
"Simon's enthusiasm for Africa is infectious, he offers a wealth of knowledge and passion for the properties he represents and his presentations are always full of useful facts for us. It's a great pleasure to work closely with him."
Claire Ferguson, Head of Africa and Indian Ocean
Cazenove & Loyd
"Simon is great to work with. Always willing to go the extra mile to help us and he passionately understands the product that he represents."
Sarah Clegg, Head of Africa Team
"We love working with Simon, he’s hugely passionate about what he does and is so easy to work with. I will happily sign my life away to support him!"
Sue Bell, Product Director
"Simon is keen and enthusiastic, open to new ideas and willing to help at every turn. He is persistent in a positive way, which is a trait required in the business he is in"
Grant Anderson-Saville, Travel Specialist
"We have benefitted greatly from Simon’s first-hand knowledge and passion for his clients – he’s always available to answer any questions we may have, and has been instrumental in assisting us to secure bookings"
Suzanne Walford - Product Manager
"Simon’s enthusiasm for his clients is palpable, and when combined with his clarity of advice and good knowledge, he becomes someone whose help is sought comfortably and with confidence"
Amanda Marks, Managing Director
"Simon is an extremely knowledgeable, helpful and friendly person to work with. He has a great passion for the properties he represents and really understands what makes these places different to their competitors . He is always quick to reply and keen to help, providing information and tips to the sales team in any way he can to assist them with the sale. Full of ideas and innovation, we really enjoy working with him"
Jacqui Brooks, Product Manager
"I have found Simon to be very much in tune with the market, aware of the other products being offered and the needs of the clients both in the operator and the lodge guest. Due to this and his very personable and easy nature, we have a flourishing relationship with all the companies Simon represents. He is a breath of fresh air in what can be a rather staid representation environment, he is quick to respond and always looking for new and innovative ways to introduce his clients into our itineraries"
Illona Cross, Sales Director