Beachcomber Tours regional sales manager Gary Bates is leaving to join Inspiring Travel Company.

Bates is taking the role of trade relationship manager at ITC looking after all brands for the group.

He was responsible for sales covering the central, west and Wales for Beachcomber for three years.

Bates previously worked for Thomas Cook as commercial accounts and key accounts manager following three years as sales development manager at Flexibletrips.

He held a number of roles at Thomas Cook prior to that as well as working for Cultura Trips and TTA Worldchoice.

Bates announced his new job yesterday on Twitter.