LUANG PRABANG — Apple Tree Group is strengthening its presence in Laos with the appointment of French native Coralie Vongsouthi as sales and marketing manager for boutique resort Villa Maly and eco-retreat Kamu Lodge Experience.
A fresh face on Luang Prabang’s hospitality scene, Vongsouthi began her career with degrees in Technical Tourism and Applied Foreign Languages from Montpellier, France. She sharpened her knowledge of the luxury travel market working in sales at top travel agencies in France, before going on to work for notable non-profit organizations in India and Laos.
From 2006 to 2009, Vongsouthi founded the French eco-tourism and eco-volunteering association GONDWANA, and served as vice-president and organizer of the Noria Project.
The 31-year-old joins Apple Tree Group in Luang Prabang off her latest post as operations manager for the Elephant Conservation Center in Sayaboury. Vongsouthi is no stranger to the plight of Laos’ gentle giants. She spent four years working with the non-profit organization ElefantAsia before signing on for a stint as a product manager for Elephant Adventures by Green Discovery Laos.
Vongsouthi is fluent in English, French, Lao and Spanish.