Advantage Travel Partnership group commercial director and board member, Paula Lacey, is to leave the consortium in September to relocate to Dubai.
Lacey, who is moving to the Middle East for personal reasons, worked at Advantage for three years, during which time she achieved “a number of milestones to aid both leisure and business travel members, through commercial marketing, membership, Advantage Holidays and PR,” according to the company.
Commenting on her departure, Lacey said: “I have spent a lot of time in Dubai in previous roles so when an opportunity to relocate arose, for personal reasons, I jumped at it. I am looking forward to finding a role in Dubai that will utilise the skills and experience that I have gathered during my career.”
She added: “I have really enjoyed my time at Advantage and loved getting to know many of the members, as well as working closely with key suppliers and airlines. I will certainly miss working with a great team of people and wish the business great success for the future.”
Meanwhile, Advantage has announced Lee Ainsworth, trading and product manager for Advantage Holidays, has been promoted to head of Advantage Holidays and Olga Kelly, who has been HR Manager for the past four years, has been promoted to head of people and talent.
Julia Lo Bue-Said, chief executive of Advantage Travel Partnership, said: “Paula will be missed and I thank her for her dedication over the past three years and we wish her all the best in her next adventure.
“We have lots of exciting plans and further announcements which will follow later in the year.”
Prior to joining Advantage, Lacey held numerous leadership positions in the travel sector including, global franchise director at easyHotel, plus a number senior roles within Tui’s specialist & activity division, including managing director distribution and ecommerce for the sport division; commercial director for the aviation department; as well as supporting the global managing director of the adventure division during a period of unprecedented growth.
She also worked at Thomas Cook retail, managing 200 stores and stand-alone bureau de change units, and was trading director at TV Travel Shop, the first transactions travel channel with a turnover in excess of £180 million.
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