Our Team

The Discerning Collection is a specialist privately owned, independent travel company operator offering ‘boutique’, hand-picked and personally validated holidays. Typically this would consist of smaller boutique hotels, villas with private pools, riads and traditional, ethnic hotels for the more discerning guest.

Our vision

To build the UK’s most successful boutique tour operation, with the highest levels of customer retention, advocacy and referrals.

We pride ourselves on our service and although all specialist travel companies will wax lyrical about this all important part of the holiday, very few actually provide a level of service that really lives up to the promise. We want to be seen as an operator that genuinely cares for our guests as opposed to one that cares more about chasing the ‘bottom line’.

Nick & Viv Wrightman

CEO & Operations Director

Both Nick and Viv Wrightman started their careers in the travel industry and have lived and breathed travel all their working lives. Nick started as a graduate trainee at Thomson Holidays and Viv at the lovely specialist, Sunmed Holidays.

After excellent training and invaluable experience at both companies Nick and Viv have gone on to bigger and better things, setting up and owning the renowned Tapestry Holidays and now owners of the albeit small but, in their humble opinion, perfectly formed, Discerning Collection.

Charlotte Wates

Product Manager & Tailor Made Specialist

Charlotte has worked in the travel industry for 15 years which was moulded from a couple of seasons working overseas on the coast of Turkey, followed by travelling extensively around the country which she is now so passionate about. After returning to the UK, Charlotte became a tailor-made specialist for Turkey for a small tour operator before moving on to organising intrepid trips around her other favourite destination…Morocco.

After a few years in sales she branched out into product and contracting side as well as brochure design. 7 years ago, Charlotte joined the team at Tapestry, now Discerning Collection bringing these skills with her. The whole team at Discerning Collection love speaking to guests and whilst Charlotte loves Turkey her real passion is selling Morocco. She knows it like the back of her hand and is able to suggest interesting and lovely itineraries for a quick weekend away with perhaps a cookery course or a 10 day holiday to include the mountains and trekking… whatever you fancy she can definitely help and her passion is infectious.

Beata Kulesza

Sales & Customer Relations

Beata is an integral part of the sales team and started with Tapestry Holidays in 2003 and knows our product intimately, she is renowned within the team for remembering exactly which guest staying in which room and when – which we think is quite remarkable! A lot of our guests have booked their holidays with Beata for many years and know her as their loyal and personal travel advisor and more importantly her friend.

Beata hails from Warsaw in Poland and is still amazed as to how many of our guests mis-pronounce her name. Every day she is constantly spelling out her name aloud… B E A T A!

Huseyin Gencer

Turkey Specialist

Huseyin has been working in the travel industry since 2001 and joined Tapestry Holidays as part of the operations team in 2003 so has a wealth of experience and understands all of our guests’ needs and requirements whilst on holiday in Turkey.  Huseyin now manages Kalamus Travel, our handling agency in Kalkan, he also assists Nick with contracting fabulous new accommodation in Turkey and is our local eyes and ears.

He is there day and night and works tirelessly throughout season to ensure that the operational aspects of our guests’ holiday run as smoothly as possible. Huseyin is also a very proud father of a gorgeous little boy, Muhammed!


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