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March 28, 2019 Appointments / Movers & Shakers No Comments Email Email

Bedsonline, the leading global provider of accommodation and complementary travel products exclusively for travel agents, has today announced the strengthening of its senior leadership team and the structure for Indonesia and Singapore.

Tomeu Gili has been recruited as the Director of Sales for Bedsonline’s Asian, Middle Eastern and African source markets, a new position created combining both regions under one leader. In this role Tomeu will be based in Dubai and will lead a team of seventy sales people.

Tomeu brings with him over 20 years of experience in the travel industry, most recently in leadership positions for companies such as Destinations of the World, RTS and Gowaii Corp.

Previous to this Tomeu worked for Bedsonline in senior leadership roles for 12 years, since the brand’s launch in 2003. During this time, he held a range of positions including Head of Sales for Middle East and Asia Pacific and Head of Sales for South EuropeMexico, the Caribbean and Africa.

In addition, Elif Esen has been appointed as the Bedsonline Regional Sales Manager for the Indonesia and Singapore markets. Elif will be responsible for providing Bedsonline’s clients – made up solely of travel agents – in the Indonesian and Singaporean markets with the highest standards of customer service, along with further expanding and diversifying the number of travel agent subscribers.

Previously Elif had been with Hotelbeds for over 22 years and was most recently the Bedsonline Asia Head of Sales, having joined the Hotelbeds destination offices in Turkey in 1997.

In this role Elif will be based in Singapore and will lead a team of 8 people. Additionally, the roles reporting to Elif have been confirmed, with Agnes Febiyanti Paat, Muhamad Boy Valentino, Yusnita Ramdah, Lilies Wirjohadikusumo, Tracy Adikarta and Gilang Kurniawan, taking the roles of Key Account Managers in IndonesiaYance Irawan has been appointed as Sales Executive for IndonesiaDesmond Wong will cover Singapore.

Tomeu Gili, Retail Travel Agents Director for Asia, The Middle East and Africa, comments: “It’s an honor to be coming back to Bedsonline. I was privileged to be part of the team that launched the brand over 15 years ago in Spain and witness its rapid expansion at that time. Now, with a portfolio of over 50,000 travel agency customers worldwide backed by a class leading booking platform that has gone from strength to strength, this is an exciting time indeed to be returning to the business.

“As part of the recent rebranding and launch of our new value proposition, we’re dedicated to continually improving the customer experience, beyond simply our highly sophisticated booking platform with its advanced functionalities. Essential to this is having in place strong teams with unbeatable local knowledge and commitment to the best service possible for our purely travel agent only customer base. I´m certain that in Elif and her team we have the best line-up available in the market.” 

Elif Esen, Regional Sales Manager, Indonesia and Singapore at Bedsonline, comments“I am very pleased to be taking on this role and having such a strong team in place during this decisive stage in the development of the Bedsonline brand. Throughout the Indonesia and Singapore markets, already we started reaching out to our travel partners – who are made up solely of travel agents – to explain how they will benefit from the new and enhanced Bedsonline offering. This includes enhancements we have made by meticulously selecting the best-of-class functionalities from the GTA platform, as well as the growth of our product portfolio to reach over 180,000 hotels and the strengthened position to negotiate the best deals for our travel partners.”

Recently it was announced that the parent company of both GTA and Bedsonline, Hotelbeds, will consolidate its retail product portfolio and offerings globally under the newly refreshed Bedsonline brand and platform.

Today’s news follows a recent series of sales meetings, presentations, and customer events held in Indonesia and Singapore to celebrate the launch of a new brand identity and website, whilst educating travel agent customers – both existing Bedsonline customers and those moving over from GTA – on the benefits of moving onto the new enhanced Bedsonline platform. Travel agent clients in Indonesia and Singapore have completed transition smoothly. Both workshops and technical support are on hand to support a seamless migration.

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