HRS names EMEA chief, Booking’s new UK tech hub and more

This is a roundup of announcements related to people moves and business expansions in travel in August 2018.

9 August 2018


  • The hotel solutions specialist has named Chris Crowley as Vice President for EMEA. He is a former president of  the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) and recently joined the board of the Institute of Travel Management (ITM) as a supplier director. He joins from BCD Travel and will work out of HRS’ London office.

Booking to move in Manchester

  • Booking Holdings is investing £100 million in a new tech hub in Manchester and will move staff from four different locations in the city to the new 220,000 sq ft base, Manchester Goods Yard, which is due to be finished in 2020. The campus will be the base for its global transport business following its $500 million investment in China’s mobility giant Didi.

2 August 2018

GetYourGuide strengthens engineering  team

  • GetYourGuide has announced three new appointments to its tech line-up, with Udi Nir named as its chief technology officer. He has 25 years of experience in Silicon Valley, most recently as VP of engineering at online groceries marketplace Instacart. He was co-founder of a unified communication platform Threadsy, which was bought by Facebook in 2012, and has also been a senior engineer at eBay. Elsewhere, Simone Basso and Roman Fuchs have joined his team. Basso joins as director of engineering after six years with LSE-listed food delivery marketplace JustEat. Fuchs will be engineering manager and joins GetYourGuide from Airbnb in San Francisco, where his most recent role was with its corporate travel arm, Airbnb For Work.

Shiji opens new office in Australia

  • Beijing-based hospitality tech provider Shiji is opening a new office in Sydney Australia as part of its ongoing global expansion. The office will be headed up by Anthony Stevens. Shiji has more than 50 subsidiaries around the globe, including ReviewPro and Snapshot. Earlier this year an investment arm of Chinese online giant Alibaba Group put $468 million dollars into Shiji.

See also:

Our round-up of senior appointments made in July, featuring Sabre, OTA Insight, Avvio, TravelStart, ETTSA, CWT and more

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