Hotelbeds firms up APAC sourcing team, with Andrew Hughes as regional head

Andrew Hughes

Hotelbeds Group, which is placing its growth in Asia-Pacific as a top priority, has unveiled its sourcing team for the region following the recent confirmation of its wholesale team.

Andrew Hughes, who was already doing hotel sourcing for Hotelbeds’ GTA brand, is now Asia-Pacific regional director for sourcing. In this role, Hughes will be responsible for all commercial aspects of the relationship with hotel suppliers, reporting directly to Sam Turner, the wholesale sales & sourcing director with global responsibility.

Andrew Hughes is now Asia-Pacific regional director for sourcing

Hughes began his hotel industry career with Best Western Australia before moving to InterContinental Hotel Group. In 2007, Hughes moved to Dubai to open Atlantis, The Palm Dubai, and two Mövenpicks in the region. In 2012, Hughes moved into the distribution space to work for GTA and relocated to Singapore.

Regional management positions that report to Hughes have also been confirmed, where all candidates have been appointed from within the group.

Maria Garcia will be the head of Thailand, and Patrick Torres will take the head of East Asia role. In regional manager roles, Andrew Boocock has been appointed to the Pacific region; Colm Flanagan will cover South-east Asia; Dan Zhao will be in charge of Indochina and the Philippines; and Marta Gonzales will lead China and Taiwan.

Earlier this year, the group also announced plans to increase its sourcing teams globally by 200 people in order to drive up the number of exclusively contracted hotels by 10,000 over the coming three years.

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