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HostelBookers Make Key Industry Appointments As Headcount Grows By 37%

employee 14-Aug-2008

HostelBookers.com - one of the world’s leading budget accommodation websites - has experienced phenomenal growth in 2008 with a 37% increase in number of employees. 

The company now employs 67 staff, with a spate of recent high profile appointments including a new Travel Trade Business Development Manager, an Affiliate Sales Manager and User Experience Manager.

Carl Cromie has joined as Travel Trade Business Development Manager where he will be focusing on growing relationships with tour operators and developing group sales. Carl has nearly 15 years in the travel and leisure industry and as well as his most recent role at leading travel technology company Comtec, he has worked for a variety of tour operators.

David Hughes brings ten years of travel experience with him to the role of Affiliate Sales Manager at HostelBookers. He was previously a Manager at Flight Centre and brings a broad knowledge of sales and marketing both on and off-line.  David will be concentrating on further developing HostelBookers’ wide range of affiliate partners and ensuring the site is working with and marketing to key industry partners.

Kerry Harding joins HostelBookers from the Collinson Group, a provider of consumer and B2B solutions to clients in the travel industry. Kerry’s new role as User Experience Manager will enable her to bring her broad experience of website architecture and user experience to the team in order to ensure that www.hostelbookers.com continues to provide customers with the best possible online experience.  

David Smith, Chief Operating Officer for HostelBookers, comments: “Our growth this year is staggering, and these key appointments will help us to drive the product forward and focus on trade relationships, affiliates, groups and user experience. We’ll soon be launching a new look site with improved usability and a range of new features, and we’re anticipating our rapid growth to be further increased by these new positions.”