Peter Lucas has been appointed chief executive officer of the Flight Centre Travel Group’s (ASX: FLT) hotel management business, BHMA. Peter Lucas is a highly experienced hotelier who has an extensive track record of operating hotels across Asia. Before joining BHMA, he was Boutique Corporation’s senior vice president of asset operations and oversaw hotel, serviced apartment and food and beverage portfolios.

Prior to this, he was chief operating officer with Destination Properties, where he asset-managed hotels operated by Accor, Starwood, Hilton and Swissotel, as well as food and beverage operations for franchised restaurants such as Hard Rock Café.

Peter has more than 35 years of comprehensive leadership experience in the hotel and serviced apartment industries. He has worked in a range of global markets, with experience in 7 countries.

In announcing the appointment, Flight Centre Travel Group Head of Global Hotel Network Kent Davidson said: “Peter is an outstanding professional in his field and I am sure that BHMA will benefit enormously from his contribution. He has joined us at the perfect time to assist in building our various brands in order to achieve further expansion both within and beyond the regions where we are currently active.”

“I am very proud to be given the opportunity to work with BHMA by the Flight Centre Travel Group.Said, Peter Lucas.

“It is an exciting time for the business with the new X2 Bali Breakers Resort and X2 Pattaya Oceanphere Residences properties opening in the next quarter. This is a company that has set new standards across Asia in recent years so I look forward to driving sales over the coming months and actively pursuing new opportunities to capitalize on our outstanding reputation for exceeding client expectations.”

FLT, which is based in Australia, is one of the world’s largest travel operators and has about 3,000 leisure and corporate travel outlets in 23 countries.

BHMA, which was acquired last year, is a key component of the company’s Global Hotel Network, which specializes in delivering inspirational travel experiences.