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03 Dec 2018

BY Tom Parry


Virgin Voyages to expand UK sales team

Virgin Voyages is on the hunt for two UK-based sales managers to help grow its business through the trade and introduce the line to agents.

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Shane Lewis-Riley, director of UK and international sales, said the decision had been made due to an "incredible response and excitement" for the line from UK agents.


He revealed the expansion on Twitter, posting a LinkedIn job advert for the roles.


“We’re looking for rock stars who think outside of cruise industry norms to look after our First Mates [agent partners] in a fresh, modern and very Virgin way,” tweeted Lewis-Riley, who joined Virgin Voyages from P&O Cruises in May.


“This role will be front and centre with our valued travel agency partners [First Mates] to help them understand Virgin Voyages,” the ad read.


“You’ll teach them who our sailors are so that they can send the people who will appreciate and love what we’re doing. You’ll also help them take advantage of the power of our brand and our marketing to drive their own businesses.”


According to the ad, candidates will need to “establish warm and loving relationships” with agents and look to make Virgin Voyages “a brand of choice”.


They will also be tasked with introducing the line to partners in “a variety of ways”, including “special events and unique opportunities” to experience Virgin Voyages’ ships for themselves.


A minimum of five years in travel or hospitality sales is preferred.


The first of four Virgin Voyages ships, Scarlet Lady, will sail from Miami in 2020.

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