Avanti Appoints New COO

Kyoto Golden Pavilion
Kyoto Golden Pavilion is one destination Avanti offers on their customizable tours.

Avanti Destinations has announced that Mark Grundy has been appointed to chief operating officer. He will report to Avanti’s president and CEO, Harry Dalgaard. Grundy joined the Portland, Oregon,-based FIT tour operator as managing director of Asia in October 2015.

Mark Grundy

“In the space of two short years, Mark successfully developed, launched and then expanded our award-winning Asia program,” said Dalgaard in a written statement. “His appointment strengthens our executive team, joining Chief Financial Officer Susan Marra and Chief Marketing Officer, John Hanratty."

As COO, Grundy will be responsible for day-to-day operations, assist in growing the business, and maintain customer service for travel agent partners.

Grundy brings to the role more than 20 years of experience in the travel industry. He has served as president and senior vice president of Wendy Wu Tours, a UK based tour operator to China. Before that, he co-founded Destination America, which was later acquired by Trafalgar Tours. Grundy began his career at American Tours International.

Since its founding in 1981, Avanti has been selling independent travel products and customizable vacations in Europe, Central and South America, and Asia. It offers air, rail, rental cars, hotels, sightseeing/attractions, transfers and experiential options and specializes in hand-picked, locally-owned hotels. The company sells exclusively to travel agents.

Earlier this month, the company announced its 2018-2019 lineup of travel itineraries which includes the addition of over 50 boutique and luxury hotels, as well as eight new itineraries in 14 Asian countries. 

To book customized FIT travel, visit avantidestinations.com or call 1-800-422-5053 to speak with a travel specialist.   

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