Emirates-owned bed bank appoints general manager

Emirates Group-owned bed bank Yalago has named Astrid Kastberg as general manager as it plans to expand globally.

She brings more than a decade of industry experience from Europe, including accommodation wholesale and travel technology, to the Dubai-based company.

Yalago expanded in to the UK in 2020 with its tailored Yalago Retail Connect offering, targeting UK-based travel agents.

The firm recovered to pre-Covid levels of business last year and reported first quarter sales growth of 73% compared to the same period in 2019.

Yalago plans to make several appointments this year, with a focus on Brazil, Europe, North America, and the Middle East, alongside other key markets identified as offering “unparalleled opportunities” to grow its customer base.

Its accommodation inventory is also set to undergo “significant growth” in line with increases in demand.

Kastberg said: “Throughout the time of the global pandemic, Yalago has demonstrated resilience and growth in the face of one of the most challenging periods in our industry’s history – a testament to its offering, and our incredible team.

“Re-locating from Spain to the UAE where Yalago is headquartered and its story began, I’m excited to have the opportunity to take the brand to the next level as part of ambitious growth plans for 2022.”

Global ground services and destination management divisional vice president at dnata Travel Group, Sébastien Doussin, said: “Yalago has continued to prove an industry success story despite challenging conditions, and we are excited to grow our global team.

“Another of our focus points in 2022 is to improve the operational service element for our suppliers, and ensure the best service possible for their global customers, supported by strong technology.

“With game-changing advancements on the horizon across the business, we have much more in the way of exciting announcements to come for Yalago this year.”

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