Meet Selina Wakeling, Global Head of Sales at Cheval Residences Serviced Apartments in London. We recently sat down with Selina to ask our most pressing questions about her career, her thoughts on the extended-stay industry, her most memorable moments, who inspires her, and more.
Q: What is your biggest triumph?
A: Setting up my own apartment agency.
Q: What is your biggest regret?
A: Turning down appearing on the second season of BBC One’s The Apprentice.
Q: What was your most memorable experience while traveling?
A: Seeing the sunrise at Angkor Wat.
Q: Which company do you think is doing a brilliant job in promoting itself?
A: Zoku — https://livezoku.com.
Q: What’s still on your bucket list?
A: A Virgin Galactic space tourism experience.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: Sir Mo Farrah, the British distance runner, and Usane Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter
Q: Where do you foresee the most potential for growth in the extended-stay market?
A: The international student living market.
Q: Which city would you LOVE to see the next opening of Cheval Residences?
A: New York City, without a doubt.
Q: What advice would you give Airbnb?
A: Make the verification process for listings more authentic as there are too many fake listings.
Q: Would the advice be different for Marriott Hotels?
A: Yes. Their brand value is eroding from overexpansion and that needs to be addressed quickly.
Q: What do you most admire in a person and what do you dislike the most?
A: I admire energy and positivity and I dislike insincerity.
Q: What is the most underrated experience in London you urge visitors to try?
A: You just can’t beat a good English pub. Rather than the touristy ones, I like Lore of the Land, which is owned by British Director Guy Ritchie (Madonna’s former husband). It is slightly off-the-beaten track in Fitzrovia, London. Here you can taste excellent beers from Ritchie’s own brewery, Gritchie Brew Co. and delicious food which is locally sourced. The last time I was there I spotted David Beckham!