Wendy Wu names new Managing Director
Wendy Wu Tours has announced that the former Managing Director of STA Travel will lead its UK business.
Glen Mintrim will take on the title of UK Managing Director at the Asian specialist – a role that has been vacant for nearly a year since Mark Bloxham departed last October.
The new senior travel job will see Mintrim be based in London where he will look after the company's operations and drive its three-year growth plan, as well as "widening and developing" its links with the trade.
His career has seen him work in leadership positions for the past three decades including being Managing Director at STA Travel from 2011 to 2017, Head of Sales and Marketing for the UK and Ireland at Emirates Airline between 2004 and 2011, Global Key Account Manager at British Airways from 1997 to 2004 and Regional Manager at TUI between 1989 and 1997.
Most recently he has held the titles of Managing Director at The Crystal Maze Live Experience from 2018 to 2019 and Vice President for North Europe at Qatar Airways from 2017 to 2018.
Speaking about the appointment, Wendy Wu, Founder and Chairwoman at Wendy Wu Tours said: "Glen's track record in leading some of the UK's most profitable and commercially focussed travel companies is very impressive, plus he has the international experience and contacts in this sector making him ideal for the role.
"The company is experiencing a very strong trajectory of growth with year-on-year forward bookings up by 44 per cent for 2020, and Glen's experience in growing revenues in the travel space will ensure we are well poised to achieve our targets."
Mintrim added: "We have set out an ambitious and exciting three-year plan for the business, a plan that will see us launching a series of new and innovative new products as well as nurturing and developing our links with the trade.
"We absolutely value the continued support of our trade partners and hence will be rolling out more agent incentives and a series of exciting educationals over the next 12 months."
In other news, Travelodge revealed earlier this week that it intends to create 650 new hospitality and travel jobs as part of its plans to open up to 26 new hotels.
The new properties will all be based in UK seaside towns, with Bournemouth, Truro, Newquay, St Ives, Jersey, Hove, Aberystwyth, Bognor Regis and Oban all under consideration.
By Owen Mckeon