Meet The Team

Team Munich - Duesseldorf - German Speaking Markets

Market Profile

Germany, Switzerland and Austria are some of the biggest outbound markets, accounting for more than 100 million people in some of Europe’s strongest markets. Germany is one of the world’s largest outbound markets, having more than 80 million outbound trips per year. There are over 2000 potential tour operators in the region including Wholesale Agents, PCOs and Tour Operators. Germans believe that holidays are the one thing they are least willing to sacrifice. The Continental Europe market is one of the most diversified markets in the world. Travelers from this region have great spending power and enjoy long, paid vacation, of up to 30 days per year.

Carla Cantara Wiegand

Director

Carla oversees all initiatives pertaining to business development for REPS Unlimited. Her career history includes more than 20 years’ experience holding key management positions for hotels and resorts in Asia.

Jill Siebert

Head of Team Operations

Jill is in-charge of ensuring the highest quality of services that the REPS Unlimited teams deliver to our partners, covering all outbound source markets in Europe and Asia Pacific.

Marc Sievert

Executive Board Member

Having founded the company in 2009, Marc Sievert is part of the Executive Board. Backed by more than 25 years’ experience in tourism, Marc provides global directions for the company and our partners

Kerstin Vandré

Senior Member Team Accounting

Kerstin supports our team by providing the necessary logistical and administrative assistance, necessary for the efficient and timely delivery of our services.

Sarah Fonk

Senior Team Member

Sarah promotes our partners to tour operators and travel agencies within the German-speaking countries. Sarah identifies the potential travel companies for each of our partners and engages with their products managers to include our partners in their tour programs for FIT and Group bookings.

Team New Delhi - India & Sri Lanka

Market Profile

India has one of the fastest growing outbound markets in Asia, and forecasts predict it will account for 40 million outbound tourists by 2020. Growing the India outbound tourism market is a big opportunity as most Indians prefer Asian countries for short-term trips. Furthermore, the growing middle class is turning to international travel more often. International leisure travelers on average are 25-65 years old. Most notably, two-thirds of these leisure travelers tend to holiday abroad with immediate and extended families.

Nisha Shrivastva

Head of Team

With more than 17 years of experience in the travel industry, Nisha has handled international and domestic clients with a thorough understanding of the dynamics of the Indian outbound market.

Vandana Mathur

Senior Member PR& Media

An expert in public relations and digital promotions, Vandana effectively promotes our partner hotels and tourism boards through a variety of traditional and online media initiatives.

Team Moscow - Russia and CIS Countries

Market Profile

The number of Russians vacationing abroad has recovered and have almost surpasssed the pre-crisis peak. Indicators show that outbound tourism grew 27% over the first nine months of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017. 31 million Russian citizens travelled abroad during that period, rising from 24 million the previous year. In the earlier years Russian tourists preferred 3* hotels, whereas nowadays the share of the tourists choosing 4* and 5* hotels increased by more than 50% according to tour operators.

Olga Kazakova

Senior Team Member

Olga has had more than 20 years experience working for DMCs, tour operators, travel agencies and hotel chains. Having built a strong network in Russia and CIS, Olga take the lead with all our sales and marketing initiativs for these outbound markets.

Team Barcelona - Spain and Portugal

Market Profile

Spain is one of the largest markets in Europe with a very strong outbound market. Spain is one the strongest low season markets. Most of their outbound traffic takes place during the summer time, the traditional low season in Asia making the Spanish market a very attractive low season market feeder. The peak of their travel is around July and August. The Spanish market is still relatively new to many marketswhich means that the market is also not yet oversupplied with products, allowing new hotels and products a good opportunity to establish a strong market presence. Majority of the Spanish Tour Operators still very much prefer to communicate in Spanish and rely much more on the recommendation of the representation company versus other source markets. The Spanish market prefers traveling in groups, allowing a good volume to your hotel.

Nuria Sabater

Senior Team Member

Nuria is in-charge of the Spanish and Portuguese markets. With more than two decades of sales experience working within the travel industry, Nuria has a well-established network with outbound tour operators, travel agencies and conglomerates. Based in Barcelona, Nuria brings on board her product expertise and passion for the global destinations she is promoting to her markets.

Team Paris - France, Belgium and Switzerland

Market Profile

With a population of close to 70M, 69% plan to travel for the summer holidays and during other times of the year. In 2018, statistics for outbound overnight travel registered an increase of 25M from 2017. There had been a consistent upward trend in outbound travel from 2012. The desire to travel for the holidays ranks high similar to other the European countries and the average length of trips taken is 10 days. Experiencing new cultures, visiting cosmopolitan cities and enjoying landscapes rank high in the interests of a French traveler.

Najoua Janin

Head of Team

With more than 20 years of experience in the tourism industry, Najoua has held several management positions in different key areas of tourism. Equipped with a deep understanding of the French-speaking markets, Najoua is best known by her clients and peers as creative, enthusiastic and result-driven.

Team London - United Kingdom and Ireland

Market Profile

The United Kingdom is one of the largest tourist generating region in the world. It was projected to reach nearly US$ 70 billion by 2020. In 2017, the average UK resident was abroad for a total of 10.2 nights, and spent £616 while there. In total, 72.8 million trips were taken, amounting to £44.8 billion spent abroad by tourists from the UK. This is an 3% increase from 2016, or 2 million more visits. Generally speaking, this country’s residents are taking more holidays, and spending more of their hard-earned pounds while away.

Simon Hemmings

Head of Team

Simon had been working for nearly 12 years with Freedom Destinations, one of the UK’s largest independent tour operators. Over the years, Simon held various management positions in sales, marketing, product and business development, giving him a strong foundation in understanding the UK’s outbound travel market. Simon is keen to work closely with our DMC Partners to create unique tours and experiences which he can promote to his well-established network of travel companies.

Team North America - USA, Canada and Mexico

Market Profile

With a population of 579,000,000, North America has historically been the most valuable outbound tourism market in the world. In 2019, US travelers had total departures of 99,700,000 (44.5M overseas and 54.9M to Canada & Mexico) and this number has grown at 7.7% annually. All this activity generated spending on travel & tourism of US$149.9 Billion in 2019.

Scott Busch

Head of Team

Scott has worked with many well-established, multinational DMCs in a senior management capacity, and has spent years in various Asian destinations. Scott’s energy, market knowledge, innovative ideas and the drive to succeed, make him an asset to our clients

Lina Ratwani

Senior Team Member

Lina has had extensive work experience with both locally-owned and multinational DMCs within different Asian countries. Her experience in sales, product, and database management makes her a valued member of the team.

Team Sydney - Australia and New Zealand

Market Profile

Australia and New Zealand are regarded as two steadily growing outbound markets for Asia. According to the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), Australia alone accounts for over 11.3 million international travellers in 2019. On average, this is a 2.6% increase from the previous year, and it was forecasted to steadily increase 5% by the end of 2021. Our market tends to focus highly on vacations that are a great value and a good price, regardless of their spending power. The most highly preferred destination for Australian and New Zealand travellers is Indonesia since it is a neighbouring country and an inexpensive holiday destination that our market see as great value.

Oliver Wijaya

Senior Team Member

A strategic thinker, Oliver can be relied upon to initiate tailormade sales initiatives that are fitting with the requirements of the Australian outbound market, bringing value to our hotel, resort and DMC partners. A graduate of Business in Marketing and Tourism Management, Oliver excels in creating marketing opportunities and collaborating with his large network of retail agents and travel companies.