John Docherty, an account manager at Travelsphere and Just You, has set up his own consultancy business which will launch later this year after he leaves the touring brands.

Docherty joined the G Touring sister brands in February 2019 with responsibilty  for marketing to agents in Scotland and Northern Ireland, but is due to leave at the end of August.

On Monday he tweeted: “Facing redundancy thanks to #COVID19 was enough to push my anxiety through the roof but now I can look forward to launching Bespoke Travel Services by John later this year. Who knows what the future of the travel industry holds for us, but I’m not going down without a fight.”

He has 27 years of industry expertise, having started his career in retail travel.

Based in Scotland, he has spent the last eight years as an account manager for US Airtours, Princess Cruises and most recently G Touring.

He says his representation business can help raise operators’ brands among agents in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England.

“My enthusiasm, passion and drive for travel is well known and I would like to make these skills available to help more like-minded businesses become a success in a relatively untapped market in the industry I love,” he said.