Lockie Kerr, Back-Roads Touring sales manager in the UK, has been made redundant after 4.5 years with the company.

He announced his redundancy on March 26 – which was also his birthday.

“It’s a tough time for all brands,” he told Travel Weekly, adding that he has been overwhelmed by the messages of support from the trade.

“I couldn’t be more grateful for the support you have all given me since receiving the role when Back-Roads had no trade partners in the UK market,” he said.

“I’ll always be passionate about the Back-Roads Touring small group product and I hope that you can continue to support the brand as it’s very much business as usual in terms of us trading globally.

“I know the industry is doing it tough but what’s most important is staying positive, healthy, looking after yourselves and the people closest to you.”

As well as being UK and Europe sales manager for Back-Roads Touring, Kerr also held the same position with sister brand Topdeck, a leading youth touring specialist.

The new interim trade contact is tradesales@backroadstouring.com.au.