Travel Designers is set to expand its business and take cruise bookings after hiring a new agent.

The Balham-based travel agency believes selling cruises to its customers could add an extra 10% to business over the next 12 months.

Travel Designers Cruise is due to launch on November 1.

Until Travel Designers recruited Simon White, a former employee of American Express and Hayes & Jarvis, cruise enquiries were referred to other travel agencies.

Managing director Nick Harding-McKay said: “We have always avoided selling cruise because we never had the expertise in that area before.

“Now we have recruited someone who has the knowledge. Cruise is his passion and we believe in tailoring our service to him.

“It is one of the things that came up in his interview. We believe it will be a good challenge for him.”