Travelport (NYSE:TVPT), a leading travel commerce platform, has appointed a seasoned travel industry executive as its new Managing Director for Travelport Japan. Osamu Tokairin has recently joined the company to lead the expansion of Travelport’s presence in Japan following the announcement of the acquisition of its third party distributor in April.
A well-known leader in the Japan travel industry, Mr. Tokairin has over 25 years of experience working for both regional and global travel companies. Prior to joining Travelport, he has held various senior level management positions such as CEO of Kuoni Japan, Managing Director for Gulliver’s Travel Agency Japan, and General Manager of Toptour Corporation’s office in LA.
Since the acquisition of Travelport’s third party distributor, Galileo Japan K.K. (GJKK), Yoshinobu Aoyama, Director and General Manager, had been leading the successful integration of GJKK into Travelport Japan. After servicing GJKK for almost 30 years, Mr. Aoyama will be retiring this month.
Mark Meehan, Travelport’s Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, commented: “Japan is a highly strategic country for Travelport as we continue to invest in the region. We are delighted that Mr. Tokairin has joined us to lead the team to grow Travelport Japan’s presence. In the meantime, I would like to thank Mr. Aoyama for his remarkable leadership of Galileo Japan K.K. over the past 30 years, and wish him all the best for his retirement. He will be missed by all of us here at Travelport.”
Japan is the world’s third largest economy in terms of GDP and one of the world’s largest travel markets, only behind the United States and China. Travelport’s recent investments in the region further demonstrates the company’s commitment in growing its footprint in Japan.