New Board Of Directors For Bidroom
02.10.2018 - Bidroom, the world's fastest-growing OTC (Online Travel Community), has announced the expansion of the group's Board of Directors. Experienced hoteliers and investors Bas Tolmeijer, Francesco Monaco and John Stoffers are joining the board.
(From left to right): Francesco Monaco, Michael Ros, John Stoffers, Bas Tolmeijer, Casper Knieriem
Bidroom was launched in 2014 when room became available for new players in the market due to the high commissions of OTAs. Founders of Bidroom, Michael Ros and Casper Knieriem: ‘Because the revolutionary concept is so popular among hoteliers, the number of members of our community has soared. Partly through intensive cooperation with credit card company Visa, our company has now become a prominent player on the market and we are ready for the next step. By bringing in these professionals, we can further shape our mission to shake up the OTA market and make it fairer.’
Tolmeijer, Monaco and Stoffers have earned their spurs in the international hotel sector, having been co-founders of Apollo Hotels, which was successfully sold to the listed Fattal Hotels this summer. In the new board, Bas Tolmeijer will fulfil the role of Chief Executive Officer of Bidroom. ‘From our years of experience in the hotel business, we know how much pressure the OTAs place on the shoulders of hoteliers in the form of obligations, demands and rising commissions. We look forward to working with the team to promote the global growth of the Bidroom community, with which we can make a real difference for travellers and hotels.’
The five-member board comprises Michael Ros, as Chief Operating Officer (COO) responsible for the entire operations, Casper Knieriem (Chief Development Officer) with international development as his portfolio, John Stoffers as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Francesco Monaco, as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) responsible for the commercial strategy, and Bas Tolmeijer as CEO.
Bidroom.com is an Online Travel Community and a hotel booking platform with over +120,000 hotels in 128 countries. The concept is distinct from online travel agencies (OTAs) because it does not charge commission from hotels. This considerable saving is then shared with the booker who is therefore guaranteed the best price, which is also demonstrably cheaper than all well-known OTAs. It’s the world’s 1st booking platform that doesn’t charge commissions from hotels. Founded in 2014 in The Hague, Bidroom aims to disrupt the Online Travel Agency market with its original approach to hotel booking. In recent years, Bidroom won numerous awards, including the 2017 World Tourism Forum Awards in Lucerne.