TRAVELPORT has hired travel industry veteran Osamu Tokairin to head the company’s Japanese operations.
As managing director, he will lead the expansion of Travelport’s presence in Japan, taking into account as well the recent acquisition of the GDS’s third party distributor in April, Galileo Japan.
Osamu Tokairin, MD, Travelport Japan
Tokairin has over 25 years of experience working for both regional and global travel companies. Prior to joining Travelport, he has held various senior level management positions such as CEO of Kuoni Japan, managing director for Gulliver’s Travel Agency Japan and general manager of Toptour Corporation’s office in Los Angeles.
He takes over leadership of Travelport Japan from director and general manager Yoshinobu Aoyama, who will be retiring later this month.
“Japan is a highly strategic country for Travelport as we continue to invest in the region. We are delighted that Tokairin has joined us to lead the team to grow Travelport Japan’s presence,” said Mark Meehan, Travelport’s managing director, Asia-Pacific.
“In the meantime, I would like to thank Aoyama for his remarkable leadership of Galileo Japan over the past 30 years, and wish him all the best for his retirement. He will be missed by all of us here at Travelport.”