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Simon Calder

After becoming travel editor of The Independent, Simon Calder began to present BBC 2's Travel Show and to contribute to the Holiday programme. He now hosts the Travel Clinic on LBC 97.3, regularly pops up on Radio 4 and comments on travel issues across all the national media. With a policy of paying his way wherever he travels in the world, Simon always finds that the most interesting stories tend to come from the cheap seats.

Simon Calder is Britain's leading travel commentator and a charismatic after-dinner speaker on the adventures and misadventures of a travel writer.

After a camping trip to the Lake District, Simon had caught the travel bug. Shortly afterwards, Simon tried his luck at hitch hiking, and he has kept going ever since. Writing good travel guides and articles, Simon made his way to the position of Senior Travel Editor of The independent. He regularly writes for the Evening Standard and the iPaper too.

This is the second time we have used Simon calder at an event and his presentation was equally as enjoyable and funny.
Lloyds TSB Bank PLC

He has also written for Conde Nast Traveller, BA’s inflight magazine, High Life, and the trade publication, Travel Trade Gazette.

Simon has presented the Fast Track’s Travel Clinic on BBC Worldwide where he answers viewers travel questions and queries. He also films a Weekly Video Diary which he posts online and has a strong following.

Previously a contestant on Celebrity Mastermind, and his specialist subject was Concorde – he even managed to win!

Simon is also a regular guest on national TV, often seen on BBC Breakfast News, Daybreak, ITV News, CNN and Sky News. He is often interviewed on BBC radio, particularly for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Five Live.

In 2012 Simon won the award for Outstanding Achievement and Broadcast Journalist of the Year at the Travel Press Awards, and the News Journalist of the Year for Print at the Business Travel Journalism Awards.

Travel Editor for The Independent and presenter of the BBC2's Travel Show and the Holiday programme on BBC 1, Simon Calder is a consummate and charismatic after dinner speaker.

For more information or to book Simon Calder, call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

What people said about Simon Calder

Amazing. He is a breathe of fresh air.
Zibrant Ltd
He was an excellent, professional speaker who delivered humour and interest to his presentation with great ease. He was a delight to work with.
Tourism South East
Simon was first class. Professional, humour, relevant. Gave us some good PR mentions in media beforehand. Through the wards he was flexible and again professional. Very approachable from the audience and took Q&As. Would not hesitate inusing Simon again
Blackpool Council
We really appreciate the energy and creative thinking you bring to the events we organise on regeneration. The contributions you have made to our Magnetic South Conference, the Making of Medway event and Beyond Brighton Pier have been brilliant and we always look forward to working with you.
Director, Sussex Arts Marketing Ltd (SAM)
I want to thank Simon so much for his fantastic contribution to the judging of the Awards and the wonderful way he came across at the event. His presentation was so engaging and the accompanying slides were hilarious. Ive had so much feedback from guests since saying how much they loved listening to Simon speech.
Events Manager UK/Europe, Tourism New Zealand
It was a great evening and Simon was, as ever, a real pleasure to work with. I hope we can persuade him to continue to do be our awards host? Can you please pencil us in for next year now?
Director of Museums & Heritage Show Ltd
Personable interesting and interested in the business, equally charming partner who accompanied him on their anniversary, beyond the call!
Harding Brothers Holdings Limited
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