Luuc Elzinga is stepping down from his role as co-founder and CEO at Tiqets, the platform for museum and attraction bookings.
He will take up a new position as president of the business, making way for the arrival of Laurens Leurink to assume the top job.
Leurink was most recently CEO of medical technology brand Docly, based in Scandinavia, but he has an extensive background in travel technology stretching back to 2008.
He was chief operating officer at Booking.com in the Netherlands from 2008 to 2011, before becoming president of the global lodging group at Expedia Group between 2011 and 2016.
Leurink also had a one-year stint at Amadeus as its senior vice president of distribution.
Elzinga will now focus on long-term strategy and partnerships for the Amsterdam, Netherlands-based company.
In an interview with PhocusWire, he says the company has been majorly affected by the coronavirus outbreak with venues having closed and revenue dropping to zero.
However, the company has been able to tap into state support in the country to allow it to keep paying the majority of its salaries, "while we keep on building and working."
The company secured a $60 million investment round led by Airbnb in October 2019, giving it an opportunity to be "well financed for the coming years," he says.
"This puts us in a very special place in the ecosystem, which we take very seriously to support the industry recovery as fast as possible, when demand and supply bounce back.
* Check out this panel discussion in the PhocusWire Studio at The Phocuswright Conference 2019, featuring Elzinga and Alex Kremer, co-founder at event provider Arival.
A Discussion On: Experiences (PhocusWire @ Phocuswright Conference 2019)