Neilson Active Holidays is the UK's leading provider of overseas active holidays.

Neilson offers a fantastic range of award-winning, activity-focused holidays across seven countries in Europe where it operates beachclubs, ski hotels and chalets as well as 65 yachts, exclusively for its guests who number almost 80,000 every year.

In August 2018 LDC backed the secondary buyout of Neilson Active Holidays (“Neilson”) to support the management team’s expansion strategy.

In recent years Neilson has successfully capitalised on the increasing demand for activity and wellness holidays at the premium end of the market. This investment will enable the business to open new hotels and extend the range of countries in which the business operates, as well as providing further backing for strategic acquisitions.

The business is led by CEO David Taylor, formerly of TUI and Thomas Cook, and chairman Richard Bowden-Doyle, the former managing director of Thomson Holidays and, and more recently non-executive director of Saga Travel Group.

David and Richard joined Neilson in 2013, when Risk Capital Partners backed them in a buyout from Thomas Cook. Under their management Neilson has become the UK’s leading overseas activity holiday specialist. With revenues of £80m, Neilson is a highly profitable business that is primed for further growth.

On 27th November 2018 Neilson was voted gold for both the UK’s ‘Best Activity and Sports Holiday Company’ and the ‘Best Ski and Winter Sports Holiday Company’ (image below) at the illustrious 2018 British Travel Awards. It was Neilson's fifth consecutive gold for the 'Best Activity and Sports Holiday Company.'  The British Travel Awards are the largest and most influential poll of consumer opinion on the performance of enterprises operating in the leisure travel and visitor attractions sector.


LDC has a successful track record in the travel industry, but most importantly the investment team bought into our vision and growth strategy completely. This is critically important as we embark on the next phase of our journey.
David Taylor, CEO, Neilson Active Holidays