Australian travel icon and founding president of the Adelaide SKAL Club, Mr Roy King, has died. Mr King, 92, pioneered package holidays out of Australia via his company Kings Holidays.
A great entrepreneur, innovator, and a leader in the travel Industry, he was born in Adelaide on April 15, 1924. Roy went to Rose Park School and Prince Alfred College.
In 1948 he joined his father, Len King, to set up the Kangaroo Island Tourist Office. This business was mainly selling Linnett’s Pleasure Resort – but the travel company grew rapidly, and was soon selling Port Lincoln, Victor Harbor, and interstate travel. Brother Brian King joined in 1948.
Roy is pictured with his wife Vi during his 90th birthday celebrations at the SKAL club of Adelaide.
In 1952 the business moved to the basement of 56a King William Street, and became Kings Travel and Kings Holidays selling both domestic and International holidays. Roy was National President of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents in1963. From1963 to 1978, Kings Travel moved to 30 Currie Street in Adelaide and continued to expand, with offices in all mainland Australian states plus Tokyo and Los Angeles. An operating company was also established in Fiji. Following the demise of Kings Holidays, Roy and Brian launched Venture Holidays.
A life member of Adelaide SKAL, AFTA and the Lions Club of Adelaide, he is survived by his wife Vi, three children, seven grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. His funeral will be held tomorrow (Monday).
Written by : Ian Mcintosh