Kirker launches recruitment drive with hire of agency sales lead Tim Fleming

By Harry Kemble
23/03/2023
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Kirker Holidays has recruited Arena Travel’s Sales and Marketing manager Tim Fleming as Agency Sales Account Manager.

Director Ted Wake said Tim’s appointment was the beginning of a recruitment drive at the specialist tour operator, which could see up to four people join the reservations team in the next four months.

Tim will report into Hisham Mahmoud, UK and Ireland Agency Sales Manager at Kirker, and will support agents in the west of England, Wales and Scotland.

“The support from agents is great and continues to grow,” Ted said. “That is why we’ve recruited Tim. We’ve been patient and wanted to recruit the right people.

“I was absolutely delighted when Tim’s CV landed on my desk. His energy, enthusiasm and grasp of the difference between a luxury traveller and a discerning traveller are absolutely crucial.”

Ted added new reservations staff would need a degree in history, history of art, ancient languages or cultural European studies to be considered.

“These are the subjects that customers are passionate about,” he said. “However, agents are not necessarily very confident about promoting them.

“Tim and Hisham’s roles are about giving confidence to agents about these subjects.”

Ted said new appointments were made with the next three years’ growth in mind, adding: “We want to make sure when travel agents contact us they have got the right support.”

Tim joins Kirker from Arena Travel, which was acquired by Leger Shearings Group last year after the escorted touring company was placed into administration in September.

He spent nearly six years at Arena.

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