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.

Holly Matthews

Product Development Manager

Holly joined us in March 2022, her career in the travel industry began shortly after completing her degree at Exeter University. Holly’s first role was with the Travel Team at Mr and Mrs Smith selling a wide variety of locations globally, she then went onto join the team at Exclusive Escapes working in a reservations capacity creating bespoke and tailor made itineraries. Holly has travelled extensively in Turkey and lives between the Turkish riviera and the UK and it probably comes as no surprise that her favourite destination is Turkey.

Following many years in sales which she absolutely loves, Holly has now branched into the product and contracting area of the business as well as website content and design. Holly knows Turkey like the back of her hand so whether you are seeking a quick get away in Istanbul, a luxury gulet charter, momentous villa stay or tailor made journey 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!

Laura Erdogan

Overseas Manager

Laura has lived in Turkey for the past 20 years and we are lucky to have her in our team. Laura originally comes from a publishing background but made the move to Turkey to pursue her passion of Travel. Over the years Laura has worked for a couple of tour operators both in Turkey and Cape Verde and comes to us with her vast expertise of customer relations.

Laura Joined us 10 years ago and in 2018 was joined by her husband Deniz who has worked in the tourism industry since leaving college. Together they work unremittingly to make your holiday effortless. Their concierge service is second to none, they are always on the look out to bring you new experiences!


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