APT has appointed Carrie Grant as business development manager for the north.

She joins the cruise and escorted touring operator’s on road sales team from Kuoni, where she spent the last four years as a luxury retail branch manager in Newcastle.

Grant, who has 10 years of travel industry experience, will report into APT national sales manager Jessica Shelton-Agar and have a remit to increase APT’s presence with retail partners in the north of England and Scotland.

Having undertaken initial training at APT’s Amersham head office, she will roll out APT’s retail strategy in her new region with immediate effect.

APT’s managing director for UK and Europe, Paul Melinis, said: “We are delighted to welcome Carrie to the APT family. The UK travel trade is central to our business success and we are dedicated to providing them with the very best team and service possible. With a great reputation, incredible product knowledge and wide-reaching contacts across the Northern region Carrie will be an asset to our already highly regarded sales team.”

Grant added: “I am so excited to be joining the APT team. Having sat in the agent’s chair, I know from first-hand experience that it’s a company with a real passion for delivering an exceptional customer experience across its unique touring and river cruise program. I’m looking forward to meeting our retail partners from across the region and introducing them to the exciting partnership and product opportunities we offer.”