Peter Traynor is to leave escorted tours operator Collette at the end of this month.
Traynor has been general manager for the UK at the operator for the past seven years, but has said he felt the timing was right to move on.
Prior to Collette, he ran his own consultancy after working for brands including Cosmos Tourama as sales director and Distant Dreams as managing director
During his tenure, Collette has taken on the brand licence to operate Thomas Cook Tours and developed a partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society, which has seen the creation of a programme of special tours for gardening enthusiasts.
He said: “My departure is totally amicable. I have done what I joined to do. I have doubled the size of the business in terms of sales and have got strategic relationships in place with Thomas Cook Tours and RHS.”
The operator also rebranded in January 2014 to Collette from Collette Worldwide Holidays and introduced a bookable website along with its first UK television advertisements.
Traynor added that the commute from his home in Kent to Collette’s offices in Uxbridge was a factor in his decision to leave. He plans to stay on to oversee a handover with his replacement in the role, due to be announced in the near future.
He has no other job lined up as yet. “I’m taking a month off to watch Wales win the Rugby World Cup,” he joked, adding: “but I intend to stay in the travel industry.”
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