On the road: Mark Schmitt, UK sales director, SeaDream Yacht Club
We speak to the people who make your job easier. This month: SeaDream Yacht Club’s UK sales director
What does your job entail?
Everything and anything. As sales director for the UK at SeaDream Yacht Club, my main responsibilities are to increase the number of signed charters from the UK market, as well as to support agents with sales growth through training, awareness, marketing and events.
How long have you worked in the travel industry?
July 2017 marked my 16th year working in travel. I began my career at Trailfinders way back in 2001, working in all of their London branches before leaving in November 2013 to seek out some new opportunities. I then worked at The Sandra Leach Company (now SLC Representation) before joining SeaDream Yacht Club in June 2015.
What’s the best thing about being on the road?
It has to be the people. I am constantly travelling around meeting all the wonderful agents we work with on a day-to-day basis. Nothing beats spending time on the road in the beautiful English countryside on
a summer day.
What’s the worst?
Definitely the M25. You can never predict the traffic!
Favourite place to visit?
Chester. Fantastic city, great agents and host to my favourite sandwich shop The York Roast Co.
What do you listen to in the car?
I switch between Radio 2 for entertainment and 5 Live for sport.
One thing you couldn’t live without on the road?
Has to be the satnav.
What is your favourite thing about SeaDream Yacht Club?
The top of the yacht bar, known as the heart of the yacht. This is where guests can dine al fresco with a different backdrop for dinner each evening, or enjoy a drink post-dinner with fellow guests. The social atmosphere is the real essence of SeaDream Yacht Club.
And what’s the biggest myth surrounding SeaDream?
Our clients aren’t all lottery winners! With lead in price of £2,763 per person for a seven-day Barbados voyage, all-inclusive, we are fantastic value for money.
If agents want to find out more, what should they do?
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