West coast firm appoints business development manager

Luke Smith has joined cottages.com.

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A provider of holiday properties and luxury homes, cottages.com, has appointed Luke Smith as business development manager in west Scotland.

Luke will join a 14-strong team which manages more than 2,800 rental properties in Scotland. Luke will be responsible for new and existing owners and will oversee 200 rental properties in a patch along the west coast including the Outer Hebrides and the Isle of Skye.

In Scotland as a whole, property numbers have increased and the top five most popular towns in northern Scotland for bookings in 2019 were  Portree, Aviemore, Glencoe, Fort William and Sligachan. In addition, all the Outer Hebrides saw a 42 per cent increase in bookings in 2019 versus 2018.

Luke will provide support to existing property owners, as well as growing the portfolio of holiday homes to meet with the increase in demand.

Luke has experience of relationship management and business development from roles working for the Royal Geographical Society, NSPCC and Cancer Research UK. He understands exactly what tourists are looking for as a result of first-hand knowledge in travel and tourism, and after spending three years travelling around the world and leading cycling and walking tours.

Luke said: ‘Having holidayed on the Isle of Skye for many years and having also spent much time walking across the Highlands and Islands, I have a strong affinity with the region. This, coupled with my experience of travel and tourism, and business development, means I’m looking forward to helping further grow the business in the region and to deliver an outstanding level of support to both existing and new cottages.com owners.’