Célia Pronto is the Managing Director of Love Home Swap, a home exchange site in Europe and the rest of the world. Having joined the company in January 2020, she is a passionate advocate of the home swapping experience.
Since joining Love Home Swap, Célia’s goal has been to ‘transform the way the world travels’ for a broad array of audiences including families, empty-nesters, couples and solo travellers. But more than that – and hot on the heels of a pandemic that has changed the way the world works and travels – Célia is keen to promote the benefits of home swapping beyond a holiday. From those looking for a change of scenery while they work from home, through to expats and those wanting to experience a new location before they commit to moving there, Célia relishes the opportunity of encouraging members to embrace the sharing community and sees opportunities in the growing trend of exchanging homes in Europe.
“I want people to enjoy experiences, not just holidays. Members of home swapping sites aren’t just swapping homes, to some extent, they’re swapping lives too. 85% of our members seek travel for new experiences, which has never been more wanted and needed than today. This is a pivotal moment of change for the travel industry and for the world as a whole, and I believe that home swapping is the future of the best travel experiences.”
With a background in the digital transformation of companies in a range of industries, Célia loves challenger brands that try to do something different, and she has held senior level roles at the Casual Dining Group, the Ford Retail Group, InterContinental Hotels, Unilever, STA Travel and Bookatable. She is also an ambassador for Women on Boards and she is an advisory board member for social enterprise initiative MarketingKind.