Andy Washington joins Culture Trip to head online booking division

George Sell By George Sell
03 July 2018 | Updated 03 July 2018

UK: Online travel content start-up Culture Trip has appointed former Expedia MD Andy Washington to drive the launch of its new online travel booking division.

Washington has extensive experience of online travel retailing including most recently as CEO B2C Europe, dnata and MD Expedia Northern Europe (including UK) & ebookers, EMEA. He has also previously worked for Cosmos, Lastminute.com, Thomas Cook and the Emirates Group. 
 
He starts this new role as SVP travel today and will report directly to Culture Trip's recently appointed COO Jeff Szczepanski, formerly COO of Stack Overflow and co-founder of Allworx.
 
Washington joins a number of recent senior hires which Culture Trip confirmed in April as it announced $80 million in Series B funding to aggressively grow the business across all areas, alongside a company re-brand.
 
He will develop Culture Trip's future online travel booking division, leveraging the content it produces across its website and app, the company will connect hand-picked boutique and lifestyle hotels, independent hotels, hostels and experience providers with its millennial following.
 
Washington said: "Culture Trip's inspirational content has location at its heart, the local knowledge of its global network of contributors' means it can uniquely get under the skin of a place and tap into the zeitgeist for truly authentic experiences. The scale and engagement of its existing audience means it offers an enviable connection to hard-to-reach discerning millennials and I believe it will be a game changer in the travel industry for hotels and tourist boards looking to acquire and motivate new visitors."
 
Dr Kris Naudts, Culture Trip's founder and CEO said: "We're building a leading, global consumer brand that will disrupt the travel industry through creative content and technology. As we continue to grow,  I'm looking to bring together leading minds from tech and travel to pioneer and innovate and Andy's extensive travel experience and insight will be a key driver in that."
 

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