JacTravel invests in the USA

6 Jul 2015

JacTravel, the UK-based B2B travel wholesaler, best-known for hotels on line and inbound travel services, is making a significant investment to accelerate its expansion and achieve future success in the USA.

Last month, it opened a new office in Orlando under the leadership of Susan Stiner, Regional Head of Contracting for the Americas, who has over 15 years’ experience in the travel industry, with a track record of successfully running fast growing hotel contracting operations.  Susan presently has four staff reporting directly to her but with plans for significant growth in Hotel partners across the USA and Americas - to rapidly grow Hotel distribution to its international client base, she is actively adding to that team and is in the process of recruiting two more.

Susan, who reports in to Juan Morterero, Vice President of Contracting, based in London, is responsible for product supply agreements with hotels for the Americas and for rapidly growing the US portfolio, which currently numbers over a thousand hotels.

During the past year, the highest growth regions in JacTravel’s US operations have been in Florida, particularly Miami and Orlando where bookings have increased by more than 55%, Chicago, where the uplift has been over 100%, demonstrating the city’s appeal as a tourist destination, and New York, thanks to product expansion, the opening of new upscale hotels and a willingness of many markets to choose Downtown and Brooklyn as alternatives to traditional Midtown hotels in Manhattan. In addition, Latin America is performing well as a source market, having bounced back after the World Cup in Brazil caused a slowdown last summer.

Terry Williamson, CEO, JacTravel, said: “We are seeing a higher growth in the US than in any other global destination market. We have already exceeded our target set for this year, and see tremendous opportunities to accelerate that growth, hence the added investment, with a plan to double our turnover in America next year. The office opening and recruitment of Susan are evidence that the company is prepared to invest heavily to support its growth objectives. It is a market where we intend to continue cementing long term relationships with Hotel partners. 

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