Thomas Cook Hotels and resorts has appointed two senior hospitality figures in its Spain office including former Tui hotels boss Neil Evans.

The appointments come as Cook sets its sights on strengthening its own-brand and managed hotel portfolio of 200 properties. It has opened 12 so far this year.

Evans joins as director of operations on July 1 from his most recent role as chief operating officer at Karisma Hotels & Resorts to oversee Thomas Cook Hotels & Resorts.

His background includes 15 years at Tui, including 11 years as managing director for its hotel division.

Cecilia Svane joins from GCH Hotels as head of e-commerce to support Thomas Cook’s direct hotel sales.

Cook’s hotel division now has around 1,650 people based in Palma, on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

Enric Noguer, chief of hotels & resorts for Thomas Cook said: “Given our recent expansion with 12 new hotels already opened this summer, I wanted to add more strength within our operations team and bring together the teams across Spain and Greece as well as franchise hotels and guest experience, training and CRM under one leader.”

The company has around 12,000 rooms operating under the eight Thomas Cook hotel brands in Spain.