Rory has a 1st Class BA Honours Degree in Hospitality and Tourism from Birmingham University. Rory’s career started in tailor-made travel working as a Longhaul Travel Specialist for one of the UK’s leading tailor-made specialists. He then moved to hotel management and spent 10 years working in upmarket hotels and golf resorts in the UK and USA. During this time he gained valuable corporate experience coordinating the acquisition of 130 Le Meridian hotels, and improving processes and service levels across a portfolio of Sheraton hotels. By 2011 he was Hotel Manager of a 600 bedroom hotel for Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts.
In 2012 Rory decided it was time to combine his passion and love of Africa, with his experience of luxury travel and hospitality. This led to his partnership with his friend, Julian Carter Manning, and the foundation of Yellow Zebra.