Abdul Wasim Khan, Founder and CEO is responsible for the overall management of the Avantgarde Travels Group. Besides its vision and strategic planning, he works to ensure the group is delivering the best services to its clientele. He regularly consults with customers to ascertain new developments in diversified source markets.
The expansion of the Group is typical of his understanding to the customer demand and a future that includes a broad range of inter-disciplinary market segments, matched with unique products. He works closely with his team to create unique events that are keenly remembered by those involved.
He is not only a ‘father figure’ to each staff member of the Avantgarde family, but is also a ‘visionary’ leader.
Mr. Khan is Masters in Business Administration with more than 28 years of experience in the field of travel & tourism. He started his career as Marketing Manager in “Shangri-La Resort Hotels” where he promoted tourism in northern areas of Pakistan for three years.
He also worked as General Manager Marketing in Travel Walji’s (Pvt) Ltd, a pioneer and leading organization in the field of travel & tourism in Pakistan. He participated in different domestic and international travel trade exhibitions and developed a network of service providers around the world.
While in Walji’s he remained associated with Avis Car Rental, the world leading brand, for 15 years to implement and promote Avis global programs in Pakistan, where he successfully developed strategic partnerships with famous local brands for common customers to achieve the mutually beneficial goals, both locally and overseas.
During his stay in Walji’s, he remained associated for three years with an IFC funded project to create awareness among small accommodation providers about sustainable tourism; and to help them engage in practical activities that would improve their business in short term as well as caring for their destination in the longer term. In this regard, attended several International conferences organized in different parts of the world.
He worked in Oasis Travels (Pvt) Ltd, one of the leading Travel Management Company in Pakistan, as Vice President and branch head in Islamabad for four years.
Currently Mr. Khan is working as Chief Executive in Avantgarde Travels (Private) Limited, that was established in September, 2011 with a focus to provide reliable, affordable and quality travel related services to its valued customers.