Roger is one of the UK's longest serving travel journalists having served as the travel and aviation correspondent - and later travel editor - of the Evening Standard for about a quarter of a century. He is joint author, with Vladimir Raitz, of Flight to the Sun, an account of the expansion of mass package tourism.
In his own words:
"I have to admit to being one of the UK's longest serving travel journalists - old enough to remember learning to ski in lace up leather boots and flying on BOAC.
As travel and aviation correspondent - and later travel editor - of the Evening Standard for about a quarter of a century I covered major news events such as the Court Line collapse, the ending of package holiday minimum price controls, airline deregulation and the demise of Laker Airways and Harry Goodman's International Leisure Group, watching the dawn and dusk of the great age of travel buccaneers.
There was also the development of Concorde - I was a passenger on the first supersonic commercial flight. Other stuff: I sit on the CAA's horribly named Air Travel Insolvency Protection Advisory Committee (ATIPAC), which was set up to tackle the jungle of consumer protection. I'm joint author, with Vladimir Raitz, of Flight to the Sun, an account of the expansion of mass package tourism. I spent a season as news commentator on the BBC Holiday Programme; was Travel Writer of the Year many years ago when TTG ran that awards scheme, have been Best Travel Writer on France (am a dedicated Francophile) and have gongs from several tourist boards, which probably means I was too kind to them.
I now freelance for anyone who will pay my extremely competitive fees, writing on skiing and hiking for various publications and on business travel for the Financial Times. Have supported Fulham Football Club, or the Thamesside Brazilians as I like to call them, for over 50 years through thick and thin (mostly thin). Married to Cheryl for 38 years with two sons, one a journalist and the other, believe it or not, in the travel business."
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