AAT Kings Tours is pleased to announce two new appointments. Takahiro Kondo will take up the newly created position of Senior Sales Manager Asia, and Katie Laird has been promoted to Manager International Operations.
Takahiro has been promoted to the position of Senior Sales Manager Asia with responsibility for all Asian markets including Japan. He takes on the role after many years working with the Japanese market. He first joined AAT Kings as a Japanese-speaking guide then progressed to product development, operations and sales roles, and recently celebrated a 15 year milestone with AAT Kings.
“Both Takahiro and Katie are much loved members of our team, having worked their way up the ranks over the years, and I’m certain they will thrive in their new roles,” said AAT Kings Managing Director Anthony Hayes.
“Takahiro has been incredibly successful in promoting our Japanese language touring programme in the Northern Territory with these tours now becoming some of our most popular amongst Japanese travellers visiting Australia. Drawing on his customer service expertise, Takahiro’s main focus will be to further grow our important Asian markets,” continued Hayes.
Like Takahiro, Katie has been involved in many facets of the AAT Kings business, including reservations, operations, product, and most recently in a business development role focusing on the inbound market and OTAs.
“Katie is a huge asset to our team, bringing a wealth of experience and genuine passion for our brand. With responsibility for all our international and inbound sales and marketing administration Katie will be an invaluable support to our market sales managers and teams by providing crucial centralised support,” concluded Hayes.
Both Takahiro and Katie will share responsibility for onshore Inbound Tour Operators with Takahiro taking the lead on Eastern Hemisphere and Katie on Western Hemisphere. Takahiro and Katie have hit the ground running with their appointments taking effect immediately. They will continue to report into Fleur Ulbrick, Head of International Sales at AAT Kings.