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OPERATOR NEWS YOU CAN USE


Just You and Travelsphere create trade sales team


Samantha Mayling


samantha.mayling@ travelweekly.co.uk


Escorted touring sister brands Travelsphere and Just You have created a specialist team to handle the rising number of bookings from travel agents.


The dedicated team has


been created from staff already working in the contact centre, who have received extra training to handle calls from trade partners. Alastair Campbell, managing


director, said travel trade growth of Just You and Travelsphere was “unprecedented”. “It makes sense for us to have a


team dedicated to supporting our trade partners,” he said. “We value our trade partners and will support them every step of the way.” The team’s creation follows


expansion of other trade-related roles over the past year. The number of key account managers, who go out on the road meeting agents, has grown from three to six, while two trade marketers have also been recruited.


Belfast gains ski flights to Sofia with Balkan next winter


Balkan Holidays will operate a weekly charter flight from elfast to lgarian capital ofia for the winter 2019-20 ski season. It will run from December 29


to March 1, 2020, and allows the operator to offer winter sport holidays from Belfast to Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo. Holidaymakers booking before


BULGARIA: Tops Post Office ski resort poll for value for money


April 30 can take advantage of a launch discount of £50 per person, as Balkan Holidays is waiving the flight spplement Prices, including transfers,


20travelweekly.co.uk21 March 2019


“We value our trade partners and will support them every step of the way”


“We will continue to invest


as we grow our trade business,” Campbell said. Meanwhile, G Touring, the


operator of Travelsphere and Just You, has recruited Liesa Bissett as product and operations director. She began her career in touring


as a tour manager in 1997, then held a series of management


NEW TEAM: Joshua Gotting, Craig Dickins, Gill Lester, Yvette Polok and Rowan Prince. Inset: Liesa Bissett


roles in training, operations and product development at The Travel Corporation. Campbell said: “Great people


are key to both of our brands being able to deliver exceptional holidays. We have recently made some significant appointments and we are already seeing the results.” Bissett added: “Travelsphere and Just You are leading the way in their touring markets, and I can see real potential for growth.” She starts at G Touring’s Market Harborough headquarters on


March 25. travelsphere.co.uk


justyou.co.uk


during the launch period start at £345, based on four people sharing self-catering accommodation at the three-star glika illas in oroets, flying from Belfast on January 12, 2020. Chris Rand, head of trade sales


at Balkan Holidays, said: “With Bansko continually topping the ost Office ki esort eport in terms of value for money, you wold be hard-pressed to find a better ski deal.” Other incentives include free lift


passes and free child places. balkanholidays.co.uk


NEWS IN BRIEF


Railbookers unveils regional flights from four UK airports


Railbookers has introduced regional flights from Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol for a selection of its independent holidays in Europe. The operator can also book UK train trips, so customers can travel from home to reach their local airport by rail. railbookers.co.uk


Funway offers 40% off half- term holidays in October


Funway Holidays is promoting Halloween half-term holidays in the Caribbean with discounts of up to 40%, urging agents and customers to “swap pumpkins for coconuts”. Seven nights’ all-inclusive at Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun, Mexico, costs from £860, including flights from Gatwick on October 28. funway4agents.co.uk


Newmarket adds Late Availability page to website


Newmarket Holidays has added a Late Availability page to its agents’ website. Richard Forde, head of trade sales, said: “The lates market is of increasing importance, and feedback highlighted that agents wanted a place to go to find everything departing within a certain date span. A search can be broad or narrow to help close the sale.” agents.newmarketholidays.co.uk


Luxury Gold and Insight confirm all tours this year


Sister brands Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold have confirmed all their 2019 Europe and Britain summer tours will go ahead. Ulla Hefel Böhler, chief executive, said: “We truly want to support our dedicated travel agent community during this key booking season so they can encourage their clients to book with complete confidence while offering peace of mind.” luxurygoldvacations.com


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