Husband and wife travel executives Andrew and Teresa Nicholson are poised to call time on successful careers in the sector to relocate to Cornwall to run a B&B.
Andrew was formerly Traveltainment managing director and most recently worked as country manager for global beds provider Hotelspro.
In a career spanning over 20 years, he has held numerous positions at the likes of Thomas Cook, Avro, Virgin Travelstore, FlightBookers and AirTicketsDirect.
Since leaving Amadeus-owned Traveltainment in 2012 he has worked for Wex, French technology firm Orchestra, and Lowcost Beds during a short four-month stint.
He said: “The travel industry is an amazing place where your best friend can be your most challenging competitor, where disruption and change make you continually evolve your thinking and processes, which is why I am so grateful for every experience it’s given me will benefit from them in our new venture.”
As well as his roles in travel Andrew was also a keen supporter of Travolution and has been a regular judge for the annual Travolution Awards.
Teresa has worked for First Choice, lastminute.com, Medhotels/Hotels4u, Thomas Cook, and Club 18-30 in a career dating back to 2000.
Most recently she was managing director of stag and hen do specialist Red 7 Holidays, which she left in June.
She said: “Having worked for a couple of large corporates and small entrepreneurial businesses with tremendous brands, it was time to do something for me, or for us using all our experience of selling, buying, marketing for our own business, although I still haven’t quite mastered the perfect poached egg.”
The couple said the move to Cornwall has taken a huge amount of planning but they are excited at the prospect of a new life rearing chickens, sheering sheep and learning new skills in the hospitality sector.
Andrew’s position at Hotelspro has gone to Kirsty Bachelor, former Monarch Airlines sales manager, who lost her job as part of the failure of the UK’s fifth largest airline this month.