Chat with Loek Van Zijl from Premier International Tours15 Mar 2018 , Posted by Blog in
ere at Fine Designs, we’ve been partnering with Premier International Tours for several years now providing the official event apparel at the Iber Cup and the Dallas International Girls Cup. Premier International Tours is unique in that they not only organize tournaments, they organize international soccer tours for teams. They recently secured a partnership with US Youth Soccer and Nike, among several others. We had a chat with the founder and President, Loek Van Zijl, to learn more about the company.
Tell us a little about yourself and your role as President of Premier International Tours.
Premier International Tours won the 2017 Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Trust, Performance, and Integrity. How did your company get to this point?
At the B.B.B. awards ceremony, you gave an amazing speech. You mentioned that you came to the U.S. 23 years ago to build a new life. What led you to start your company?
As a former soccer player myself (I was a goalkeeper), I had the pleasure of taking part in some international exchanges with other soccer teams from different countries. This experience really made an impact on me in seeing how friendships with people from other countries and cultures can be built through the sport. International soccer has always been a passion for me, it’s in my blood. I worked for another organization in The Netherlands for many years coordinating group travel for teams from the U.S. After that, I saw an opportunity to come to the U.S. and build on this. After consulting my wife and family we decided to take the big step in moving to the U.S. to start the company. We haven’t looked back since!
What sets your events apart from other international tournaments?
When students go on your soccer tours they get to experience a different culture in a new country. What effect do you think this has on them long term?
Traveling internationally can have a lot of unexpected surprises. Do you have any stories that you’d like to share?
What do you like to do to unwind and have fun when you aren’t working?
Last month, your company took 40 coaches and guests to Barcelona for an educational trip. Can you tell us a little more about that trip?
Organizing each tour requires a lot of attention to detail. How did you find staff that do this job so well?
What kind of impact do you want to make on the soccer community?
If you’d like to learn more about the Premier International Tours click here to visit their website.