Kathrin Schlegel

After her A-levels and a commercial apprenticeship, Kathrin Schlegel gained first experience of the hotel business in the United Arab Emirates from 1989 on. Initially she started in the PR department of Chicago Beach Hotel Dubai, followed by Tour & Group Coordinator Gulf, after that as Leisure Sales Manager for all Hilton Hotels in the Emirates.

With the gulf crisis, Kathrin Schlegel made her way back home to Germany and worked as Area Sales Manager in the regional sales department for central Europe of Hilton Hotels, based in Frankfurt. She acquired knowledge of operator business at IRS, Information Reise Service in Neu-Isenburg. Kathrin Schlegel was responsible for purchasing, planning and marketing. In the beginning of 1995, Kathrin Schlegel was appointed to the Director of Sales & Marketing for central Europe for Abercrombie & Kent, one of the leading DMC Groups (Destination Management Company) worldwide and international luxury travel. Here, she attained profound destination know-how and the expertise for the German speaking market for Southern and Eastern Africa.

After four successful years of management activities at A&K, Kathrin Schlegel went into self-employment. She founded Tailor Made Consulting, a representative agency for top hotels and leading DMC’s worldwide for the German speaking source market. After its successful positioning, she expanded within a few years to a team of 7 members in Dreieich, near Frankfurt. Miscellaneous: Member of the Advisory Board of the South African Tourist Board.