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Alastair Sawday

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George "Alastair" Ronald Sawday, (1945- ) is a British businessman, activist, and publisher.

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Sawday was born in was born in a wooden shack 9,000 feet up the mountains of Kashmir, India to a lawyer.[1] He boarded at the elite public school Chaterhouse School in Surrey.[2]

After this he read law Trinity College, University of Oxford.

Adult life[edit | edit source]

Before going up to university he briefly studied in America, and wanted to run a pizza business[3]

Over the years he has been involved in development and relief work.

He has stood (1992) as a candidate for the Green Party, founded Avon Friends of the Earth and has been vice chair of the Soil Association, but more recently has said of these associations:

"I no longer have time for them"[4]

Travel and Commercial Accommodations Database[edit | edit source]

In 1994 he published his first travel book on France[5]. He is the founder of Sawdays Travel: accommodations are charged a fee to be listed by Sawdays[6]. The business has a multi-million pound turnover.[7]

Reflecting on the business he did not admit to his collection he once remarked:

“Imagine looking on our website and finding some naff place, run by unpleasant people"[8]

The business was for a decade operated from barns near Long Ashton.[9] However, in 2013, the business subsequently left these premises for conventional office space in a city center[10][11].

Recognition[edit | edit source]

In 2012, Sawday was grated an honorary Doctor of Letters by Bristol University.[12]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "My Home: Alastair Sawday, travel publisher". The Independent. 2006-06-07. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  2. Bristol, University of. "Alastair Sawday | Graduation | University of Bristol". www.bristol.ac.uk. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  3. "Alastair Sawday: the green travel pioneer". The Simple Things. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  4. Life, Country (2008-05-15). "Interview: Alistair Sawday". Country Life. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  5. Myers, Rebecca (2017-07-30). "My route to wealth has been one big eco trip". The Sunday Times. ISSN 0956-1382. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  6. Butler, Sophie (2007-01-08). "Ask the expert". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  7. Finn, Widget (2003-05-18). "Starting Out". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  8. "Alastair Sawday: the green travel pioneer". The Simple Things. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  9. Life, Country (2008-05-15). "Interview: Alistair Sawday". Country Life. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  10. "Sawdays Publishing -office fit out". Askew Cavanna Architects Bristol. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  11. "Sawday's, the leading sustainable travel publishers, have travelled the 'green route' with their own office accommodation – and moved their business into the centre of Bristol". WGH - Williams Gunter Hardwick. 2015-10-12. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  12. Bristol, University of. "Alastair Sawday | Graduation | University of Bristol". www.bristol.ac.uk. Retrieved 2019-01-07.


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