New Delhi, Delhi, India
Expedia, one of the world’s largest online travel company, announced the appointment of Simon Fiquet as General Manager for South East Asia and India. As a part of APAC management team, Fiquet will be responsible for expanding the brand’s footprint, P&L and strategic business direction for Expedia brand across 7 point of sales. Based out of Singapore, he will manage operational execution, introduction of innovative products and the overall business results for Expedia. He will report to Jonathon Neal, CEO, AirAsiaExpedia.
Commenting on his new assignment, Simon said, “I am very excited to be a part of Expedia, which is extremely well positioned to accelerate its development in this part of Asia. With their unique set of dynamic demographic shifts, technology disruption and passion for travel, South East Asia and India currently offer tremendous business opportunities for the brand. I look forward to the new challenges and success in this endeavour, especially in the Indian market that is witnessing over 30% growth in the online travel segment. Technology, especially smartphones and the rapid expansion of internet access, is profoundly changing the way Indians view the world, plan, and shop and experience their travels. We are working towards simplifying the travel research and booking experience for Indian travellers, and creating the perfect Travel companion, through Expedia’s cutting edge technology, data analytics & innovative travel products.”
Fiquet brings with him a rich and versatile experience from travel industry, having headed the APAC team for Google Travel. His key responsibilities at Google included P&L, sales, team building and driving partnerships with largest travel companies across online travel agents, hotel chains, airlines, tourism boards & meta-search engines. He has been an active speaker at various leading travel conferences including Asia Leaders EyeForTravel (2015), HICAP update (2015), Travel Distribution Summit (2014), Web In Travel (2014), WTTC Asia (2013) and UNWTO Asia (2013). Prior to this, he worked in various Sales positions in Europe for Google and as a strategy consultant for Mars&Co.
Simon Fiquet holds an Electrical Engineering degree (Electrical & Aerospace Engineering) from the University de Montréal – École Polytechnique de Montréal and a Masters of Applied Science from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, the most prestigious educational institution in France.
Expedia is one of the world’s largest full service online travel agency with localized sites in 33 countries. Expedia is a one-stop solution for all travel needs, with a comprehensive and distinctive suite of travel solutions covering over 30,000 destinations in over 200 countries with 15000+ holiday activities and 400+ airlines worldwide. Expedia helps consumers not only book flights, hotels, buses and tourist attractions globally, but also provides services like visa and car rentals, supported by a 24×7 call center in India. The portal also features over 11 million independent and verified traveller reviews; the portal allows access to reviews by Indian travellers, to help consumers make an apt hotel choice.