JacTravel, the UK-based travel wholesaler best known for its extensive range of hotel beds online and inbound travel services has recruited Alexia Renedo to lead the sales efforts globally, as Director of Sales, for its expanding online FIT division.
She will oversee a team of 13 staff and be responsible for both existing customers and new business worldwide.
In her new role, Alexia will be meeting existing and prospective clients around the world. Her team’s core activity is selling JacTravel’s B2B booking system and XML links in to its extensive inventory of hotel accommodation, which trade customers can access on a net rate basis. That inventory currently comprises over 7,000 properties in more than 550 cities and is growing steadily.
JacTravel’s Director of Online, Angela Skelly said: “I am delighted that Alexia has decided to join us. We have significant expansion plans for the business particularly in American and Asian markets building on what we have achieved over the last 2 years. I have every confidence that under her leadership, our business will continue to grow at a very rapid pace. ”
Alexia brings a wealth of experience in business development in emerging and well established markets. She initially worked as Business Development Manager for GTA where she spearheaded the growth of the business into the Latin American markets in the 90s. She also held the position of Business Development Manager at Destinations of the World (DOTW) where she was involved in establishing its European arm, product development and the opening of new markets. Her latest appointment was as Vice President of Sales EMEA at Tourico Holidays, where she played an instrumental role in the company’s expansion into the European and Middle East region.
Alexia Renedo said: “JacTravel’s reputation and success in the market have been built on the strength of its online hotel product and highly responsive customer service. I am thrilled to join the company at this pivotal moment in its growth and look forward to contributing to the next exciting period of global expansion.”In 2012, JacTravel was UKInbound’s Tour Operator of the Year; it won the Sunday Times Profit Track 100 Award for Customer Service and it featured in several highly-regarded rankings of fast-growing businesses.” From 2009 to 2012, JacTravel grew its sales 80% from £70m to £125m. During this time, it also created 28 new jobs and is planning to add another 25 this year.