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.
Orbital Communications was quickly recognised as one of the leading African representation companies. Simon’s been representing small privately owned luxury properties with passion and pride for many years now and has a very successful track record in effective international representation. Running sales missions across the UK, lots of European countries and Southern and East Africa – Simon is a well known and respected personality. Hands on, full of energy and very committed to delivering results Simon is proud to represent leading African experiences.
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.
Simon is also proud to be on the Advisory Board for Atta the leading international association for African travel.
Testimonials from the travel industry........
"Simon is a well-known personality in the African travel industry, who really knows his onions! He is everything you want in marketing expert; honest, reliable, enthusiastic and professional. He does everything with a sense of humour and always keeps to his word. He understands the client and the audience and is brilliant at getting them to work together."
Alice Gully, Owner
"Simon’s enthusiasm for Africa and the properties he represents is seemingly boundless. He’s a great communicator and understands the importance of building strong relationships between tour operators, DMCs and lodges for the benefit of all. Life is certainly smoother when a good rep is on hand to bridge the gap between continents."
Samantha Gee, Regional Director - Africa
"Simon is always a pleasure to work with. He totally understands our requirements as an operator and represents his properties with incredible passion. Always happy to receive a call at any time and open to ideas. One of the very best."
Jay Hanson, Sales Director
"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."
Deepavali Gaind, Product Manager – Individual Touring Experiences
"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
"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 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"
Greg Fox, Co- Founder
"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
"Simon is extremely passionate about the properties he represents and his enthusiasm is infectious. He is always on hand to help with any queries and nothing is ever too much trouble. An absolute pleasure to work with!"
Vanessa Dean, Africa Product & Marketing Manager
"Simon’s passion for Africa and knowledge of the market shines through in the support he offers us. He is quick to respond, effortlessly helpful, kind and willing and his clients adore him too – he is a delight to work with and someone that really stands out in a busy marketplace. He takes so much care getting to know his clients and always supplies us with incredible information, creativity, support and care. Always available and always dependable. Simon really is one of the best out there."
Jos Davies, Global Head of Marketing & PR