News Release - 10 October 2016
Norad Travel Group, the Hampshire-based travel agency chain, has further strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Nick Payton as Regional Operations Manager for its leisure travel division.
Nick brings over 20 years of management experience to Norad, including 11 years in the luxury travel sector with Audley Travel and latterly Abercrombie and Kent. Beginning his career with Audley as a South East Asia specialist, Nick moved into sales management before subsequently moving to Abercrombie and Kent where his skills ensured swift career progress to ultimately become General Manager of Sales and Operations.
‘This is a truly exciting time for Norad Travel Group,’ stated Nick Payton. ‘And I’m thrilled to be taking on the challenge of growing the leisure travel division to be equally as successful as our business travel division. It’s immediately obvious that we have some really expert individuals working here, which makes my focus much easier in harnessing that talent in order to deliver a memorable customer experience service which is constantly true to our values of Excellence, Integrity and Innovation.’
Responsible for the Group’s high street retail presence in the West Country and Northern Ireland, Nick also takes charge of the Norad corporate leisure operation. Ranging from a personal and individual concierge travel service, through to sourcing today’s best deal for the annual family holiday, the corporate leisure team offers the widest spectrum of holiday booking choice for employees of customers of Norad Travel Management, the Company’s corporate travel division.
Group Managing Director Linda Foote added ‘The Norad reputation has been successfully constructed on a culture which encourages superb travel professionals to use their specialist knowledge and service empathy to maximum effectiveness and customer benefit at all times. Nick’s appointment represents the absolute commitment and ambition of our Leisure Travel division to that goal, as we continue to evolve our reach and influence, both organically and through acquisition‘.
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About Norad Travel Group:
Norad Travel Group is a full service specialist travel management and leisure travel organisation headquartered in Liss, Hampshire. As well as a Liss-based holiday and concierge service, Norad Travel Group's Leisure Division includes Howard Travel in Trowbridge and Erne Travel in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.
Formed in 1981 Norad are members of the influential Guild of Travel Management Companies and partners in the Advantage consortium of independent travel agency companies. Chairman Mick Gibbs is also chairman of the Focus Group of travel management specialists within Advantage.