Corporate Profile

The Destination Asia Corporate Profile provides our clients with an overview of the company structure and information on the visionary executives who lead Destination Asia, who deliver the absolute pinnacle of service to our international clientele. Here you will find background information on the Destination Asia Group, including its history and current day services. We also introduce our International Sales Offices and those who are responsible for delivering the services on the ground.

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OUR GROUP OPERATIONS

 

Monique Arnoux - Chief Executive Officer


Monique has been in the travel industry since the very beginning of her career, taking on different responsibilities across Asia. First with hotels, then a global representation company, followed by a global hotel chain in a regional capacity, onwards to the B2C, then B2B and finally in the DMC area. She joins Destination Asia from the Destination Management division of Hotelbeds Group where she was Global Sales and Marketing Director based in Bangkok. Prior to the 10-year tenure at Hotelbeds Group where she held various regional positions, Monique was the Director and Head of FIT at Pacific World Network, based in Hong Kong.

“I was once told words of wisdom about the work of a DMC – Never forget that we are the ones that inspire peoples’ dreams and lasting memories!“

Jirawan Chinjenpradit - Chief Financial Officer



Jirawan (Aey), has been a key member of Destination Asia Group since joining the company in 2015 as Chief Financial Officer. Graduating with an MBA from Loyola University in Chicago, Aey has business acumen in the fields of banking, hospitality and the travel sector. With over 15 years experience in finance and accounting and 7 years of practice in a regional finance role, Aey has been instrumental in driving forward our finance team from the head office in Bangkok.

“Working in travel has enabled me to not only see more of the world but also meet many talented people from different cultures and backgrounds – which can provide a nice break from focusing on numbers!”

Julius Cordell - Group HR Director


Julius has been with Destination Asia since 2018 as the Group HR Director. Beginning his career as a psychologist, he believes in driving a high-performance culture through engagement, performance management, and the development of staff. Prior to joining Destination Asia, Julius worked for the Emirates Group based in Dubai, focusing on HR Planning and Performance, as well as Leadership and Talent. He holds a Master of Psychology and a Master of Business Administration specialising in HR from Australian Universities.

“My biggest passions in life are travel, experiencing different cultures, and driving people to be the best they can. I am so fortunate to be able to marry all my passions in my job! Together with my awesome HR colleagues, we aspire to support our people so they can deliver exceptional experiences to all our clients.”

Stephen Hooper - Project Director



Stephen started his life-long career in tourism working on the frontline as an International Rep with the UK’s largest tour operator, often working the summers in beach destinations and the winters skiing in the mountains. His travels and work have since taken to him six continents. In 2007 he moved to Thailand to join Hotelbeds and went on to hold the position of Country Manager at Destination Services, before joining Destination Asia in 2018. Steve now leads the Project Team from the head office in Bangkok.

“I consider myself to be very fortunate working in the tourism sector, helping make peoples’ dreams come true. The greatest thing about working in tourism is that no two days are the same, and you never know what is going to happen when you wake up in the morning.”

Katie Buxton - Global Director of Sales



Katie Buxton worked with Destination Asia Group for more than seven years in the position of General Manager (Hong Kong) before assuming the role of Global Director of Sales. An Australian national, Katie provides leadership and strategic direction for Destination Asia’s worldwide sales network. In addition to her management and customer service capability, Katie possesses excellent communication skills and an extensive track record of developing initiatives to increase market share.

“Every day is different and poses a new challenge to relish. I am fortunate to work with all our valued clients and partners in our overseas markets – and have had the opportunity to travel extensively through the stunning continent of Asia.”

Juan Paredes - Group Product Director


Colombian-born Juan is an accomplished and growth-focused leader with over 15 years experience working with DMCs, Tour Operators, Hotels and Event Management companies. After leaving his native Colombia at the age of 18 with a goal to travel the world, Juan has travelled to more than 50 countries and has lived and worked in Cambodia, South Africa, U.S.A, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, UAE and Qatar. In 2019 he added Thailand to the list to join Destination Asia at the headquarters in Bangkok as Group Product Director.

“I am all about the people and my mission in life is to make a difference any way I can. Creating meaningful and life-changing travel experiences is what I enjoy the most, and if these can change people’s lives, then jackpot.”

Alvin Materi - Regional Director, Cruise Asia



Alvin has more than 25 years of personal involvement in the cruise industry, during which time he has held the position of Shore Excursion Manager for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, as well as various senior management roles in Vietnam, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and the United States. A Canadian national, Alvin works with key markets to identify new business opportunities and directs the Cruise Asia global sales and operational departments. Alvin also heads product development, port consulting and itinerary planning, and directs the ongoing long term relationships for Cruise Asia by Destination Asia.

“I have been fortunate to work and live in the most vibrant part of the world for more than half of my life, creating unique travel experiences and sharing them with my clients, friends and family.”

David Andrews - Group Marketing Director



David has an extensive background in journalism and spent a number of years working for Archant Media in the UK. Graduating from Leeds Metropolitan, he then assumed the position of editorial assistant at a magazine in London before moving into a web editor role for several publications. Since then he has worked in three different continents, finally falling in love with Asia and Thailand. Joining Destination Asia in 2014, David now leads the marketing and communications team from the head office in Bangkok.

“I’m proud to be part of a creative team that loves generating awareness, interest and action through the ever-growing types of media available to us. It’s a challenge we rise to every day!”