WTM 2018: Hotelbeds confirms more key appointments

Further senior management appointments across leading bedbank Hotelsbeds have been unveiled.

Joaquín García becomes the regional director of wholesale sales for northern and centre Europe.

Luis Miguel Vazquez takes on the equivalent role covering south and eastern Europe.

Both have an extended career within the travel industry and at Hotelbeds, where they have held different leadership roles for more than ten years each.

They will be responsible for managing relationships and driving growth with wholesale clients, including tour operators, airlines, points redemption schemes, resellers and online travel agents.

The company has also confirmed the line-up of the teams who will report to them, combining internal talent from across Hotelbeds, GTA, and Tourico Holidays.

Top employees from the three companies have been identified since January at both the senior management and management levels to better respond to the needs of its expanded operations following the integration of Tourico Holidays and GTA last year.

More than 350 appointments have been made so far this year.

Wholesale sales and sourcing director Sam Turner said: “I am delighted to see Joaquín and Luis Miguel take on their roles as regional directors for wholesale sales in Europe to help us realise the further potential that this important region holds.

“As seasoned leaders with 20-plus years of experience and together with talented and dedicated teams reporting into them, I am confident that they will solidify our leadership position in the region.”

Vazquez added: “We already have positive results from the integration of our three bedbanks to benefit our clients and suppliers, with cross-selling already underway.

“We are proud to say we are now able to connect over 60,000 travel intermediaries with over 170,000 hotels, 24,000 transfer routes, and 18,000 activities worldwide via our enlarged Hotelbeds’ leading technology platform.”

García said: “Despite being an established market, Europe has a long journey of growth ahead of it still.”

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