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Our People

James Jayasundera - Founder & Managing Director

James was brought up in Rome, the son of a Sri Lankan diplomat father and an English mother,...

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Moiz Taherbhoy - Finance Director

Moiz was born in Karachi and began his accounting career in Pakistan by achieving a Graduation in Commerce...

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Catriona Deredas - Director

When Catriona was a child her parents owned and managed quintessential British pubs across southern England, and she...

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Emily Gillman - General Manager

From a young age, Emily has always travelled, her parents seeing great value in experiencing new cultures, landscapes...

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Lola Pasquier - Senior Sri Lanka, India & Japan Specialist

Lola was born in Paris to a French father of Pied Noir heritage and a half-English half-German mother....

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Simon Fransham - Southeast Asia & China Specialist

Simon has been fascinated with the world ever since he was a child. This was greatly facilitated by...

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Kerris Ursell - Southeast Asia & India Specialist

From a very early age Kerris has travelled extensively. Born into a family with wanderlust in their blood,...

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Chloe Goolden - PR & Marketing Manager

Chloe is a travel marketer and globe-trotting enthusiast, and with her natural gene pool of English, Irish and...

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Augusta Falconer - PR & Marketing Assistant

Augusta grew up in her family-owned Cotswold farmhouse with an appreciation for timeless and unspoiled nature. With an...

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Cleofe Edris - Accounts Assistant

Cleofe was born in Saudi Arabia to an Egyptian father and Filipino mother. At a young age, she...

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Sam Sefer - Office Coordinator

Sam works behind the scenes at Ampersand HQ, working on tasks that range from choosing client’s aircraft seats...

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Sacha Smith Laing - PR & Marketing

Sacha is a travel marketer and tropics lover. She grew up in Singapore – where she lived for 16 years...

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Ampersand by Numbers

  • 93
    Combined years working in the travel industry
  • 21
    Countries Ampersand specialise in
  • 252
    Days we spent in our destinations last year
  • 10,000 +
    Number of tailor-made itineraries James has personally designed in his lifetime
  • 24
    Countries the Ampersand team have lived in
  • 16
    Years Ampersand has been in Business
  • 2,500
    Hotels Ampersand has personally inspected
  • 132
    Countries we have visited
  • 30
    Royal family members who travel with Ampersand
  • 106
    Days we spent in India in the last year
  • 7
    Highly experienced destination specialists
  • 12
    Languages spoken

Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
Ampersand’s details preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet/direct booking age. Shalmali was a delight to work with – before and during our trip.
- Mr David Wallace, North India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka

From our Instagram

#Milaidhoo is magic at all hours - be it in broad daylight, at sunset or under a starry sky - as our General Manager @emilyjanegillman witnessed last week!🏝
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The ultimate beach destination, the #Maldives can easily top or tail a tailor-made Ampersand tour & makes for a perfect honeymoon 🇲🇻
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#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
The buzzing metropolis of #Shanghai promises an unforgettable stay 🇨🇳
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Visit this city as part of a tailor-made tour of #China with us to discover its heady mixture of impressive skyscrapers, colonial history and incredible gastronomy 🏙🥟🍜
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#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Sunsets at the @gallefacehotel are the best welcome to #Colombo, especially when watching their flag ceremony from the iconic checkerboard terrace with a G&T in hand 🌅
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We also love the wonderful @maniumpathy_boutique_hotel, which is truly an oasis of tranquility within this city 🌿
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#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Cascading rice terraces greet you in #Ubud 🍃🍃🍃
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Balinese women make daily offerings of vibrant flowers and fruit to the gods 🍊🍐🍌🍎🌺💐
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#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Wander through the bustling fruit and vegetable markets in #Pondicherry to experience the true essence of #TamilNadu 🇮🇳🥬🍎
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Follow our stories for live updates!
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#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
There are more colours to the #PinkCity than you may think... 🌸
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Walk the streets of #Jaipur, past the iconic #HawaMahal (Palace of the Winds), #CityPalace & #AmerFort passing a vivid spectrum of colours as you go 🌻🌹🌿
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#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
The exhilarating city of #Tokyo has a world-renowned culinary scene & rightfully so! 🇯🇵
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Be tempted to join ‘salarymen’ for an evening drink and #yakitori in restaurants and bar likes this 🏮🏮
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#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Peek into the Himalayan Kingdom of #Bhutan & discover its extraordinary natural beauty with us 🇧🇹
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Vibrant hues compliment earthy tones at every corner, especially within the hotly-anticipated #SixSensesBhutan lodges & at the beautiful @gangteylodge 🍂✨
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📸 captured by @jamesjayasundera along his @sixsensesbhutan journey
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#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
✨Beautiful Udaipur✨
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A pleasure palace built in the 1700s, the location for Octopussy and many a love story, @tajlakepalace is so magical, you can’t quite believe your eyes
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📸 @the_adventuresofus during their whirlwind tour of India 🧡🇮🇳
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#LuxuryIsInTheExperience

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