Press Release Date: 04 Aug, 2010

GUOMAN & THISTLE STRENGHTENS INTERNATIONAL SALES FORCE

Following a recent international sales expansion, Guoman & Thistle Hotels has invested further in its global sales structure by appointing two sales heads to actively seek out opportunities and showcase all 38 properties within the Guoman & Thistle’s distinct portfolios internationally.

Created by Guoman and Thistle to target and secure major corporate, meeting and leisure opportunities for the UK, the new appointments have been selected within two key marketplaces for the group; North America and central Europe.

James Enright joins as Vice President of US Sales, based in Washington DC.  Benefiting from a wealth of experience within the US market having held positions with destination management company PRA and Forte Hotels, the position sees Enright return to represent the group, having previously held a successful sales role with the company in The United States. 

Enright’s appointment is a clear part of Guoman and Thistle Hotels’ international sales strategy to further disseminate into the US sales market and establish strong networks in the region to promote and sell the two brands internationally. 

Guoman and Thistle’s second major appointment is Monika Krauthahn who will represent the group in the role of Director of Sales, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  Based in Dusseldorf, Krauthahn will use her sales expertise and extensive knowledge of the German, Austrian and Swiss markets to execute sales opportunities for the group.

 Krauthahn’s expertise for this position is drawn from previous sales director and business development roles for the renowned Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Hamburg and Hilton International, as well as her vast experience advising hospitality clients targeting this region of Europe, including: IMC Group, MacDonald Hotels & Resorts, Six Senses Hotels & Resorts in Asia and Grand Heritage Hotels UK, as Owner and CEO of her own sales and marketing consultancy, Krauthahn Consulting. 

Edward Pinchard, Director of Sales London & International, Guoman & Thistle Hotels comments:  “We are delighted to be welcoming both James and Monika to our group – their proven expertise, successes in their markets and industry knowledge will undoubtedly prove a true asset to our continued international sales development. 

We have extreme confidence in the quality of our properties and our sales strategy is to further develop our global sales outreach, it’s crucial we bring in these credible, expert sales directors to represent us in these major markets.”