Ponant has added two new members to its UK and Ireland sales team.

Pierre Hernandez, UK central and north sales developer, and Vladislav Saveliev, UK south account manager, will report to Nabil Maillard who was promoted to UK & Ireland market manager at the beginning of April.

Hernandez was previously assistant account manager in the business development team of AccorHotels’ loyalty programme.

He will be responsible for developing the line’s trade relationships in central and northern regions of the country.

Saveliev joins the line from G Adventures where he worked for the last five years as a regional sales manager.

He will be in charge of building the line’s agent network in the south of the UK.

The UK and Ireland sales and marketing team is headed by Stephen Winter, the line’s international sales director.

Winter said: “The expansion of Ponant’s UK team is further proof of Ponant’s long-term commitment to the UK market.

“With this new team we will be able to work even more closely with the UK travel trade and continue to spread the word about our new ships, itineraries, products and our partnership with National Geographic.”

Over the next three years, Ponant will launch seven small ships.