Escorted tour specialist Newmarket Holidays has appointed Amy Drummond in the newly created role of business development manager for Scotland and Ireland.

Previously a business development executive at Cara Hotel Marketing, she joins the operator on November 4.

She also had a business development role at Funway Holidays after gaining experience of the Scottish retail market with Barrhead Travel.

Richard Forde, head of trade sales at Newmarket, said: “We are delighted to welcome Amy to the team; her drive and passion for the travel industry is just what we were looking for to enhance the opportunities in Scotland and Ireland.

“She will be working with our fabulous Scottish and Northern Irish agent partners with shop visits, training and presentations to highlight our long-haul, river cruise, and short-haul programmes, including our own charters to Italy and  Lapland.

“We are members of the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association (SPAA) and Amy will be representing us at their various events and functions, starting with the awards on November 7.”

She is the first BDM who can focus solely on agents in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Gemma Walker, who previously covered Scotland and northern England, can now focus on the north of England, while colleague Stuart Cowell – who covered the southeast, East Anglia and Northern Ireland – can now concentrate on his English regions.

Drummond added: “It is a new role and shows the commitment we have to growing our partnerships.

“I look forward to getting out there and sharing the fantastic range of tours in the Newmarket portfolio.”

Forde continued: “It’s an exciting time for Newmarket Holidays. Despite the challenges faced this year we have continued to grow and need to invest in our team to further that expansion.

“We are recruiting for business development managers to cover the south/southwest and south/southeast, so hopefully there will be some more new faces joining us soon.”