Managing Director, Gold Medal Travel 

Simon Applebaum is the Managing Director of Gold Medal. Over its 40-plus years of operation, Gold Medal has established itself as the champion of the travel agent and the UK’s biggest and best trade-only long-haul tour operator. 

Simon has a Law degree from the University of Hull. He has worked in travel since 2008 when he joined Thomas Cook. Whilst there, he held various roles across the e-Commerce and specialist businesses with a particular focus on brand partnerships and e-commerce and was also named among TTG’s inaugural ‘30 Under 30’ cohort of future industry leaders. 

In 2013, he joined the multi award-winning Attraction World Group where he was Managing Director of both Attraction World and Day Out With The Kids, successfully exiting with investors in 2020. Following a period as Managing Director of Spirit Healthcare, during which he oversaw the launch of the award-winning CliniTouch technology that has since been deployed in the fight against Covid-19, he returned to the travel industry in late 2021 when he assumed his role at Gold Medal.