UK-BASED wholesale tour operator, JacTravel, has appointed Abba Lee to lead its new office in Hong Kong.
Lee joins from Hotelbeds, where he managed the transition from Pacific World upon acquisition and was responsible for establishing the company as the predominant wholesaler in Hong Kong and the Greater China region.
At JacTravel, Lee will be responsible for the company’s planned product expansion in Asia. Based in Hong Kong, he will have a team of five to help grow the breadth and depth of JacTravel’s inventory in the Far East.
Since 2009, JacTravel has increased its sales in Asia by 319 per cent to over eight million pounds (US$12.9 million), while its client base has grown by more than 20 new clients in the past year.
Lee’s appointment and the opening of a local office will help JacTravel to rapidly deliver its growth aspirations for the region, which are to triple present revenues. The region has grown to over 350 directly contracted hotels in key locations, such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in the past year.
Lee envisions building the company’s locally sourced inventory to more than 1,500 hand-picked properties within the coming year.