Leading Asia specialist, Travel Indochina, is delighted to announce the appointment of two new Business Development Managers in the UK. Patrick Chase and Richard Swain will be responsible for overseeing sales, training, and agency and consumer events with Travel Indochina’s business partners and agents throughout the UK – and for seeking new business opportunities.
Both will focus their time visiting agents and training them on the destinations and product featured in Travel Indochina’s “Small Group Journeys” brochure, as well as Travel 2’s overwrap of this brochure which is entitled “Small Group Tours Asia”. This inspirational publication includes more itineraries and departures to Indochina than any other UK tour operator and boasts Travel Indochina’s unsurpassed variety of quality escorted Small Group Journeys to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, as well as Thailand, China & Tibet, India and Japan.
Patrick Chase, Business Development Manager UK South
Patrick brings over 11 years’ industry sales experience and extensive knowledge of South East Asia to his new role. He has previously worked for Audley Travel and Travelbag, where he was responsible for sales and product development. Patrick grew up in Hong Kong, which ignited his passion for South East Asia. He has travelled widely throughout the region and ranks Cambodia and Angkor’s magnificent temples as one of his most memorable travel experiences (along with a good Fish Amok curry!) He has recently returned from a comprehensive tour of Vietnam and Cambodia as part of his induction in his new role.
Richard Swain, Business Development Manager UK North
Richard joins Travel Indochina with over 6 years of experience working in the travel and sales industry. After completing his Business Studies degree at Staffordshire University, Richard developed his passion for travel during his gap year and has had the travelling bug ever since. This has resulted in his ambition to form a long-standing career within the travel industry, where he hopes to continue to specialise in the Far East. Previous roles have included working as sales and training manager for On the Beach and as a specialist travel consultant for Travelbag. While working in the industry, Richard has returned to the Far East and, more recently, visited Vietnam and Cambodia where he was able to experience Travel Indochina’s unique style of travel first hand.
Patrick and Richard will report directly to international sales and marketing manager, Lesley Wright.
Commenting on these new appointments, Wright said: “We are delighted to welcome Pat and Richard to the Travel Indochina team. Their combined total of 16 years’ sales, product and training experience and specialist knowledge of travelling extensively throughout Indochina will ensure that they are well-equipped to assist agents with support, training, and marketing events at any time of the year, so they can better represent both our unrivalled Small Group Journey product and tailor-made portfolio to our partners and agents, and their clients.”