Discova farewells regional manager

SINGAPORE, (04 June 2020) — Discova announced at the weekend the departure of Kenneth Joergensen, regional general manager for Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore following a corporate restructuring.

Flight Centre created Discova after it purchased Buffalo Tours Asia and the North American Olympus Tours in July 2019 and merged the management and operations of the two independent companies under the new branding.

Now less than a year later, Discova’s business has almost come to a halt due to global Covid-19 crisis. In response, Joergensen departs, and the group reports that Peter Christiansen, general manager for Indonesia and Malaysia will now oversee Thailand operations.

Andy Connor will be stepping up to the role of country manager for Thailand, and Singapore continues to be led by Caroline Tan.

Discova managing director, Suyin Lee,  said: “Joergensen played an instrumental part in building Discova’s Southeast Asia business, and Buffalo Tours before that.”

Like many other travel companies, Discova has not been immune to the effects of the shutdown of global travel which has prompted a massive restructuring.

Prior to the merger into one trave brand, Buffalo Tours managed a successful inbound tour portfolio of customized tours in Asia, and Olympus Tours focused on-ground operations in  Mexico, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.

At the time of the merger, Discova managing director, Greg Kitchen said:  “This merger is not about changing who we are – it’s about underscoring our core values to allow us to expand our global reach.”

Backed by the Flight Centre Travel Group, Discova claims to operate in 14 countries in Asia, Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean.