John Bevan Appointed Managing Director, VP of SpaFinder® Europe
Bevan to Lead Expanded Travel and Digital Offerings in UK
New York, NY - February 04, 2013 – SpaFinder® Wellness, Inc., today announced John Bevan has been named managing director and vice president of SpaFinder® Europe Limited, a division of SpaFinder Wellness. As the company continues its expansion, Bevan will lead the introduction of new travel initiatives, gifting products, and technology that will help people easily connect with the SpaFinder Wellness Global Network of over 20,000 spa and wellness providers.
Bevan has spent more than 25 years in the travel industry and has deep online travel experience. He was formerly managing director of Voyage Privé UK Ltd, a members-only luxury travel club, and managing director of the UK and Ireland for Lastminute.com, the UK’s leading online travel and leisure retailer. During his tenure at Voyage Privé and Lastminute.com, he achieved significant business growth for both companies, as well as improved working efficiencies and cost reductions. Previously, Bevan also was group marketing and product director of Online Travel Corporation PLC and managing director of Emap Digital Travel.
“As we look to expand our reach and offerings in the UK, John’s exceptional background and proven abilities in Internet marketing, online sales, staffing, and management make him a formidable managing director and the perfect person to head this division,” said SpaFinder Wellness Chairman and CEO Pete Ellis. “In other countries, we have greatly expanded our gift card program and introduced a new last-minute sales product to help spas and yoga/fitness/Pilates studios manage inventory. I look forward to John bringing these initiatives to the UK.”
SpaFinder, which was founded in 1986, recently re-branded as SpaFinder Wellness, in recognition of the company’s more diverse wellness focus. In 2012 the company also launched a corporate wellness program, which offers employers incentives fully aligned with health objectives.
“I am delighted to be joining such a dynamic and forward-thinking business and look forward to using the 25 years’ experience I gained in travel to further develop SpaFinder Wellness in the UK,” said Bevan. “Spa and wellness have the same opportunities in online distribution and sales that travel companies experienced a few years ago. It is exciting to be part of a changing and expanding industry.”
About SpaFinder® Wellness
Every year SpaFinder Wellness connects millions of people seeking access to a healthier, happier lifestyle with its worldwide network of over 20,000 wellness providers. Only the SpaFinder Wellness Network has the breadth and resources to support a vast range of corporate/business and personal wellness initiatives. Its unique digital platform is the only destination that gives people everywhere the ability to discover, search, evaluate, and purchase services easily and conveniently—whether they are seeking spa, fitness, yoga, Pilates, or other wellness experiences and services. The company is the largest retailer and wholesaler of gift cards for the spa and wellness industry, and also offers SpaFinder Wellness currency to support corporate wellness programs that help employees maintain healthy, productive lifestyles. For more information, please visit www.SpaFinder.com or www.SpaFinder.co.uk
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