&Beyond has announces the appointment of Gael Timms as regional director of touring for Southern Africa.
“Gael is one of the best destination management company operators in the business and brings to &Beyond over 35 years of experience in both tour operating and lodges,” said Joss Kent, &Beyond chief executive.
“I am thrilled that she has joined &Beyond’s leadership team.
“There is no doubt that she will help us achieve our focused mission of being the finest luxury experiential travel company in Africa with a particular focus for Gael of creating extraordinary adventures and guest experiences across Southern Africa.”
Gael played a pivotal role in establishing Abercrombie & Kent’s destination management company in South Africa.
In 1986, she was transferred to A&K USA to manage the FIT and brochure touring divisions. Upon returning to South Africa, Gael worked for various companies, including World Leisure Holidays as director of operations.
Returning to A&K in 1997, Gael held the key role of General Manager of A&K Southern Africa and in 2001 the Sanctuary Retreats Botswana luxury lodge circuit was added to her portfolio.
Most recently, Gael was the regional managing director for A&K Southern Africa, before taking a sabbatical to spend more time with her family.
“I have always admired the philanthropic work &Beyond does for conservation areas and the surrounding communities, and that is what inspired me to end my sabbatical,” said Timms.
“&Beyond pioneered the conservation model and has been a leader ever since. I am passionate about creating unforgettable experiences for guests and clients, either at the lodges or on tailor-made adventures and I am looking forward not only to the challenge, but also to be working under Joss’ dynamic leadership once again.”