Brad Bennetts to join APT as sales and business development head

Touring and cruise company APT has recruited easyJet Holidays’ Brad Bennetts as head of sales and business development.

He starts his new role in early June and replaces Jessica Shelton-Agar, who left APT to move to the Middle East in January, after 10 years with the brand.

Bennetts will lead the sales department, which comprises three business development managers, and drive growth for the river cruise, small ship cruising and touring products of the APT and the Travelmarvel brands.

He has been head of distribution for nearly two years at easyJet Holidays, and previously was senior sales and retail operations manager at Kuoni.

Paul Melinis, APT and Travelmarvel managing director, said: “As we enter a new era of trade sales, Brad’s extensive knowledge of the UK travel industry and his genuine commitment to agents and their success make him the perfect choice to lead our efforts at this very exciting time for our brands.

“Trade sales account for 75% of our current business and we can’t think of anyone better to look after our travel agent partners from early June.

“Brad will oversee and develop our valued trade partnerships, as well as help agents to understand what ‘the APT difference’ really is.

“He will lead a brilliant sales team and make sure that we continue to deliver the best quality and value proposition in the market.”

Bennetts added: “Though I have loved my time with easyJet holidays, and it was an honour to have been a part of the journey as they launched to the trade in August 2020, it’s time for me to embark on a new chapter and I’m thrilled to be joining APT this summer.

“In addition to driving awareness of the seven new ships that APT and Travelmarvel are launching this season, I am committed to ensuring that the brands continue to lead the market in Asian and European river cruising.

“With the continuation of APT’s aggressive ‘agent-first’ approach, the team and I will work tirelessly with our partners to define APT and Travelmarvel as the brands to cruise and tour with this year and beyond.”

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