Paula Lacey is the commercial director of Connecting Travel in the Middle East, based and headquartered in Dubai. Paula has worked with the team at Jacob’s Media in many of her previous roles.
Paula has extensive commercial experience in both major listed travel businesses and smaller companies across many sectors including retail, aviation, tour operating and hotel franchising, and also in media as commercial director of the first to air TV travel channel, TV Travel Shop.
Paula started her career as a frontline travel agent and quickly grew through the ranks. She moved in to tour operating working within the TUI Travel PLC group where she held a number of senior roles including Aviation Commercial Director for the Specialist and Adventure Division, and Managing Director of Distribution for the Sports Division. In 2014 Paula took on a Global Franchise Director role easyHotel Plc.
In 2016 Paula moved back to supporting the travel agency world becoming a Board director of Advantage Travel Partnership, the largest agent consortia in the UK, where she held the role of Group Commercial Director overseeing all commercial relationships and negotiations, group marketing and communications, and member services across both the leisure and corporate sectors.