Booking.com appoints Laura Houldsworth as new Managing Director for Asia Pacific
Booking.com, one of the world’s leading digital travel companies, has appointed Laura Houldsworth as Managing Director & Vice President for the Asia Pacific region, effective June 2021. She succeeds Angel Llull Mancas, who served as Managing Director for Asia Pacific since August 2018.
With full responsibility for the leadership and development of Booking.com’s Asia Pacific business, Laura will play a critical role in driving business growth, strategy and operations across one of the most dynamic and diverse regions for Booking.com. As the travel industry navigates its next phase of recovery, she will spearhead efforts to shape the future of travel in the region with a strong focus on supporting our partners in rebuilding their businesses, while ensuring the company continues to deliver the best value to our customers.
Laura joins Booking.com following 10 years at SAP Concur, where she most recently served as Senior Vice President & General Manager for Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China. Laura has previously held regional roles in BCD Travel and ABN Amro Private Banking.
“With over 15 years of experience managing multicultural teams in the Asia Pacific region, Laura has demonstrated incredible leadership forging into new and emerging markets and driving business growth across the region,” said Ripsy Bandourian, Vice President of Global Accommodations, “We are confident Laura will lead Asia Pacific brilliantly and we look forward to having her as part of our leadership team.”
“I am honored to join Booking.com and excited by its mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world at a pivotal moment in time for travel,” Laura said, “With Asia in various stages of reopening and recovery, I look forward to working closely with our teams, partners and customers achieve great growth and success together.”
Part of Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), Booking.com’s mission is to make it easier for everyone to experience the world. By investing in the technology that helps take the friction out of travel, Booking.com seamlessly connects millions of travellers with memorable experiences, a range of transportation options and incredible places to stay - from homes to hotels and much more. As one of the world’s largest travel marketplaces for both established brands and entrepreneurs of all sizes, Booking.com enables properties all over the world to reach a global audience and grow their businesses. Booking.com is available in 44 languages and offers more than 28 million total reported accommodation listings, including more than 6.4 million listings of homes, apartments and other unique places to stay. No matter where you want to go or what you want to do, Booking.com makes it easy and backs it all up with 24/7 customer support.