CLUB Med will aim to continue its double-digit growth in the Australian market under new regional head Rachael Harding, who joins the group after 15 years at The Travel Corporation.
Harding was last night confirmed to take up the role of general manager for Club Med Australia and New Zealand (TD breaking news), replacing previous head Madeleine Clow who has been appointed vice president of product and services, based in Lyon.
“We’re pleased to welcome such a well-recognised travel professional to lead the growth of Club Med in the Pacific as the company expands its portfolio across the region and globally,” said Xavier Desaulles, Club Med ceo East & South Asia and Pacific.
“Rachael’s passion for the brand and her industry experience made her the perfect candidate for this role,” he said.
Club Med says it has seen 50% growth in Australia and New Zealand over the past three years, which it is aiming to continue over coming seasons.
The group has seen record growth and profits since its takeover by Chinese company Fosun in 2015 and has plans to open three to five new resorts globally each year until 2020.
Harding has spent the past eight years as the high-profile director of sales for Trafalgar and confirmed her departure from The Travel Corporation this week (TD Mon).
She will take up her position with Club Med on 20 Aug.