Clive Jacobs is the Founder and former Chairman and CEO of holiday autos group limited, the world’s largest
leisure car rental broker.
From humble beginnings, Clive built holiday autos into a sector leading business, which was acquired by
lastminute.com in March 2003 for í43 million.
On selling holiday autos Clive joined the board of lastminute.com plc as Executive Deputy Chairman a position
he held until June 2004.
Clive’s introduction to the travel and leisure sector industry was working as a messenger for a travel agency.
Following that he took a job in sales with a seat only company and became Managing Director of his own fl ight
company at the age of 21.
On the look out for an unexploited niche in the travel industry, Clive and two partners founded holiday autos in
1987. holiday autos was the fi rst car rental broker in Europe and the fi rst car rental business to off er a pre bookable
pre-paid fully inclusive product that was guaranteed in price. In 1995 Clive brought in ECI Ventures to assist
him in buying out his original partners. They took a 25% stake in the company.
Realising the international opportunity, Clive then set about the task of transforming holiday autos from a
small successful company, into an established, well respected global business with a turnover in excess of
í200 million operating out of 30 counties worldwide. Between 1995 and 2003 holiday autos won 68 awards
in 8 countries for its service and innovation. In 1999 holiday autos launched the fi rst fully book-able car rental
website which by 2003 was handling in excess of 80% of the company’s transactions.
In 1997 Clive was awarded the World Travel Market Global award for his outstanding contribution to the UK
Travel Industry and in 1999 he was voted Director of the Year by PWC and Decision magazine. In 2000 he was
presented with a World Travel Market Tribute 21 award, an accolade given to 21 key individuals who had been
instrumental in bringing pioneering changes to the travel industry over the previous 21 years.
In 2003, he was inducted in to the travel industry’s highly prestigious Hall Of Fame, alongside other leading
fi gures including Vladimir Reitz, Billy Butlin, Lord King and Richard Branson.
Since June 2004 Clive has advised on several large acquisition opportunities and has personally backed two
businesses – the leading independent online classifi ed business freeads.co.uk and an internet software
In September 2008 Clive was appointed as the fi rst Chairman of Visit Devon, a newly formed destination
management organisation responsible for promoting Devon to the world.
In August 2009 Clive acquired Travel Weekly from Reed Business Information, a Reed Elsevier company and
became Chairman of the newly formed Travel Weekly Group, formerly known as TWgroup. Travel Weekly is
one of the leading publications and information services in the travel and tourism industry, and includes the
associated brands Travolution, Gazetteers.com, the Globe Travel Awards and associated websites and events.
In the past 20 months the Travel Weekly Group team, under Clive’s leadership, have built on the group’s market
leadership and strengthened what were already leading brands even further into the market place.
In November 2012 Clive expanded the Travel Weekly Group by acquiring Caterer and Hotelkeeper from Reed
Business Information. Caterer and Hotelkeeper is the UK’s only weekly for hoteliers and restaurateurs and one
of the events in their portfolio is the renowned Catey awards.
In March 2014 Clive expanded the Travel Weekly Group further by acquiring Kingley Event Management and its
portfolio of events including the British Travel and Hospitality Industry Hall of Fame. The agreement completes
the acquisition of Kingley following the purchase of the Agent Achievement Awards in 2012, and extends the
Travel Weekly Group event portfolio to more than 50 events a year.
Clive also devotes time to mentor young entrepreneurs.