Cruise and escorted tour specialist Riviera Travel has promoted Jessica Payne to the role of business development executive.
She has worked in Riviera’s contact centre for the past year, and before that spent five years overseas as a rep in Rhodes, Costa del Sol, Mallorca, Mexico, Thasos and Thailand.
Payne will manage several UK trade accounts, helping to develop agents who want to start selling river cruise and touring holidays.
She will report to Tom Morgan, head of agency sales UK & Ireland.
The escorted holidays specialist said it has made several trade-specific sales and business development appointments during the past two years, as the company continues to strengthen its relationships with its travel partners.
Several recently-created vacancies in sales, customer service and administration are currently open.
She said: “I’m delighted to take on this new role and responsibilities, as the opportunities for agents to sell river cruise and touring holidays are clear.
“I’m really looking forward to helping grow our business as travel further opens up, and continuing the great work the team have delivered to support the trade.”
Morgan added: “Jessica has shown enormous potential during her time with Riviera and we’re thrilled to have her join the team. Her appointment further demonstrates our commitment to the trade, and we’re eagerly anticipating her growing and developing our relationships with our travel agent partners.”