A travel agency is creating a handful of new jobs as thousands of families prepare to take their first summer holiday since before the pandemic. Blue Bay Travel, which is based in Trentham, has launched a recruitment drive for personal travel advisors.
And for the first time ever, the company – which specializes in long-haul holidays – is looking for people who are completely new to the job. The travel agency hopes that it can fill the recruitment gap by widening its net to include job-seekers with no experience of working in the travel industry.
Blue Bay Travel chief executive Alistair Rowland said: “As a business, we’re proud to have been able to retain all our colleagues during the pandemic and now, with travel firmly back on track, we’re hiring more.
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“We’re on the look-out for eight bright and enthusiastic personal travel advisors to join our busy sales team and they don’t need to have come from a travel background. The whole travel industry is facing recruitment challenges right now so, by casting the net wider to include non-travel candidates, we’re seeking to bring in top talent with a wealth of valuable experience from other sectors to share.
“It will also lead to greater diversity in our workforce, which is something we strive for.”
Alistair added: “There’s never been a better time to join the travel industry and, as a rapidly growing business, we have a lot to offer.
“Colleagues enjoy benefits including enhanced maternity and paternity packages, complimentary accommodation in a wealth of long-haul destinations, discounted holidays for colleagues as well as their friends and family, competitive commission and bonuses, regular team and company nights out, a commitment to delivering annual cost of living salary rises as well as performance-based increases and in-house mental health support.”
Blue Bay Travel is looking for eight personal travel advisors. It is offering a bespoke travel training program – starting on Monday, August 1 – which combines classroom learning with on-the-job coaching.
Ideal candidates will have a minimum of one year’s experience in a sales role, but not necessarily in the travel sector. All of the new recruits will be based at Blue Bay’s offices on the Trentham Business Quarter.
Andy Hales, who works as a personal travel advisor at Blue Bay, said: “I’ve worked at Blue Bay for nearly four years and love every minute of coming into work to see what that day brings. No two days are the same, which is fun and exciting.
“I’ve been taught lots about travel and the amazing experiences available around the world. Every day is a school day with something new to learn, whether it be about a new product or a new destination. Support from managers and colleagues is key, wherever you work, and here I can honestly say it’s amazing.”
Fellow personal travel advisor Steph Mannock said: “I’ve been at Blue Bay for 11 years. We are a friendly bunch who love doing what we do best – selling holidays!
“The bonus scheme is incredible. In March, I secured an extra £2,600 bonus on top of my basic salary.”
In addition to the personal travel advisor roles, Blue Bay is also looking for two new sales team leaders who will be required to coach and manage a team of travel advisors and review their individual sales performance.
For more information about Blue Bay, or to apply for a role, visit www.bluebaytravel.co.uk or call 01782 647239.
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