Crypto travel booking site Travala names former Booking.com exec as new CEO

Crypto travel booking site Travala names former Booking.com exec as new CEO

Travala.com, a cryptocurrency-friendly hotel, and accommodation booking service, announced today it has appointed Juan Otero as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Mr. Otero commented: “I am incredibly excited to take the CEO role and help Travala.com reach its next phase of growth. As a team, we plan to turn Travala.com into a leading online travel agency and pave the way for decentralized travel technology and mass adoption of cryptocurrencies.”

Juan is a serial tech entrepreneur and innovation advocate with 15+ years’ experience in building, scaling and leading disruptive companies. He previously held a management position at leading online travel booking site, Booking.com. Juan also founded and successfully raised multiple VC rounds for one of Europe’s fastest-growing digital companies. This company was later sold to The Michelin Group (ML).

His background and experience in tech have also led to his involvement as an Advisor in several leading start-ups, start-up accelerators such as Silicon Valley’s Founder Institute and government organizations such as the European Institute of Innovation & Technology and the European Commission in Brussels.

CEO to CSO

Matt Luczynski, the former CEO, will now serve as the new Chief Strategy Officer (CSO). Matt’s focus will shift to planning Travala.com’s future innovations and long-term objectives.

“Having led and formed the foundations of Travala.com over the past three years, it is now time to pass on the baton of CEO. This will allow me to focus my energy on innovating within the company, which has always been my passion. I am passing the role on while the company is in a strong position, having completed multiple funding rounds from crowdfunds and blockchain funds along with increasing revenues. Going forward you can expect to see the benefits of moves made over the past 12 months of operations as we continue on our journey.”
– Matt Luczynski, Former Travala CEO, and new CSO