Malaysian travel startup, Tourplus Technology Sdn Bhd (Tourplus) has hired Chan Huan Gee as its Chief Operations Officer to fulfil the role in ensuring the business development and merchant acquisition for Tourplus to hit its target revenue in 2021.
A veteran in the online travel industry, Huan Gee’s career included Agoda Malaysia’s Country Director position serving the company for almost 9 years, to which he also served as the Senior Advisor for the Japanese market.
A seasoned player in the travel tech space, he also spent 2 years as the Chief Visionary Officer for GOEureka, a travel tech company utilising blockchain technology that builds a hotel booking platform.
CEO & Founder of Tourplus Rickson Goh said, “Huan Gee brings 17 years of tourism and hospitality sector knowledge traversing across both international and local market experiences with him. We believe he will help the company in growing our presence in both the local and ASEAN markets. With his expertise, we are delighted to welcome him to lead the strategic role for our business development and merchant acquisition team.”
“I am excited to be onboard Tourplus and look forward to ensuring business continuity in 2021 and beyond, especially as we tread in unprecedented times. On top of that, Covid-19 has accelerated the need for digitisation and we hope to remain active in this new norm. Travel tech has become an influential part of the tourism industry that brings a good indicator of how technology has been transforming the travel marketplace. I look forward to actively taking Tourplus into a more prominent role in the travel tech space with the team,” Huan Gee said.
On the latest development in their business extension plan, Tourplus has been appointed as a Technology Solution Provider for the BSN-MDEC Technology Grant programme that looks into propelling Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) into transformation to the digital world.
Tourplus was appointed under MDEC’s supervision to assist SMEs adopt digitalisation in their daily operations.
To date, Tourplus has helped various Malaysian SMEs in guiding them through the application to the grant programs specifically in digital solutions such as web development, Social Media Marketing and online distribution channels.
“The initiative entitles eligible SMEs to a 50% matching grant of up to RM5,000 and limited to 100,000 SMEs. We understand the challenges that SMEs are facing when going through a full digitisation programme and our bundled digital solutions come in a variety of packages for them to choose with easy implementation,” Rickson said.