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Vertical Travel Group appoints general manager for trade sales divisions

 The Vertical Travel Group has promoted Chris Richmond to become general manager of the company’s trade sales divisions: Bedbank.com, Amathus Holidays and VillasforTravel.com.

He has more than 25 years of travel industry experience and joined Amathus Holidays in October 2021 as reservations manager, overseeing the group’s Greece and Cyprus specialist tour operator and managing the Bedbank.com team.

Before this, he worked for business travel agency CWT for six years, and for a short time as call centre manager with Biblio Travel.

In his newly created role, he will build on relationships with Vertical’s 200+ homeworking agents as well as hoteliers.

His appointment comes as Vertical relaunches its VillasforTravel product featuring hundreds of online bookable villas across the Mediterranean.

Peter Healey, group chief executive, said: “Chris has been a team leader with us for a while now; his extensive experience in providing high levels of customer service show the way forward.

“Having recently represented Bedbank.com at trade shows and conferences, Chris is already known to many of our sales agents and team members.

“He is empowered to expand his team to provide even greater levels of service especially with the exciting relaunch of our VillasforTravel product coming shortly which is a huge opportunity for our own sales agents and third-party clients.”

Richmond added: “I am appreciative of the support given and I look forward to being able to give that support back as much as possible.”

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