Travel specialist executive recruitment firm HARP wallen is expanding into Asia by opening an office in Hong Kong this month.

HARP wallen Asia will be run by Hong Kong-based managing director Ian Stazicker, covering large parts of the region including Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, China and Japan.

He has an in-depth knowledge of the travel, hospitality and luxury retail sectors globally.

As founder and managing director of Nelian Consulting, Stazicker is experienced at developing tourism strategies for organisations looking to bolster their business in the Asia Pacific region.

He will work closely with group managing director Kristina Wallen and her team in London.

Wallen said: “I am delighted that HARP wallen is expanding into this increasingly important global region, as we enter our 23rd year of trading in the UK.

“Over the past couple years, we have seen an increase in demand from our existing clients who are looking to expand operations in the region.”

Stazicker will offer a global network and a wealth of knowledge of key source markets having lived in Europe, China and US.

Wallen added: “The combination of Ian’s skills and resources in the region, our recruitment skills honed over more than 20 years, and the growing need to source talented travel, hospitality and tourism candidates, means this is a great time for us to launch HARP wallen Asia.

“All these elements have conspired to create a real demand for an experienced, specialist, boutique recruiter in the Asia Pacific region.”

Stazicker said: “Having seen a gap in the market for a specialist executive recruiter to meet the growing demands of my client-base in APAC, it made complete sense to align myself with HARP wallen, who enjoy an unrivalled established reputation for delivering quality service to both clients and candidates alike.

“Having been on both sides of that coin with the HARP wallen team in the past, it made complete sense to come together to leverage our global networks and taking the HARP wallen brand to APAC at this dynamic time in the region.”