Golf and hotel industry specialist Andrew Menear has headed to Spain for a new challenge after being appointed as director of sales at the five-star La Manga Club resort.

Menear took up his new position in Murcia, south-east Spain, earlier this month and will be responsible for overseeing the resort’s key international supplier markets, including the UK and Ireland.

The experienced sales and business development manager has worked in a variety of different roles in the golf and hospitality industry across the south of England – including QHotels, Macdonald Hotels and Resorts and – and is relishing the chance to promote one of Europe’s most iconic sports and leisure venues.

“It’s a great honour and privilege to be working for one of the most famous and respected names in the destination resorts world,” said Menear, who plays off a handicap of five.

“I’ve always wanted to work in Europe and this was an opportunity that was too good to turn down. La Manga Club is a unique place that has so much to offer, and I’m thoroughly looking forward to having this chance to spread my wings and cement the resort’s position as Europe’s leading golf, sports and leisure venue.”

Set in a privileged corner of Murcia and three times the size of Monaco, La Manga Club is hugely popular with golfers from the UK, Europe and beyond, with its extensive facilities including three 18-hole golf courses, a nine-hole, par-47 academy course and first-class golf training centre.

The resort has enjoyed an outstanding last 12 months and, as well as being voted ‘Europe’s Leading Sports Resort’ for the first time at the 2018 World Travel Awards, it has been named as ‘Europe’s Best Golf Venue’ at the World Golf Awards for the last two years running.

Also the official overseas training base of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), La Manga Club’s unrivalled other facilities include a 28-court tennis centre, a recently-opened European Cricket Performance Centre and a 2,000sqm Wellness Centre. The resort is host to Spain’s only official Chelsea FC Foundation Soccer School while, in addition, it features the choice of a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and townhouses and more than 15 bars and restaurants.