Tauck has confirmed that UK country manager Kathryn Coles is to leave the escorted touring and river cruise specialist.

She was promoted into the role in May 2018, having previously been UK sales manager – and was tasked with raising the operator’s profile and developing trade partnerships in an expanded role.

Coles had been at the company since 2014, having previously worked for Kirker Holidays and Club Med.

Tauck confirmed that Coles has “decided to pursue other professional opportunities” and will be departing the company shortly after Christmas.

“We are grateful for her contributions to our growth and success in the UK.  We truly wish her the very best going forward,” said Jacqueline Coulson, Tauck’s managing director, international sales.

Coles will join Simpson Travel as head of trade sales at the specialist luxury operator.

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