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Mr. Coll

Javier Coll

Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Apple Leisure Group

Javier Coll is Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Apple Leisure Group®, Co-founder of the group's luxury resort brand management company, AMResorts®, and its elite benefits program, Unlimited Vacation Club® (UVC). Mr. Coll has played a pivotal role in the development of both businesses.

The multidisciplinary executive applies more than 25 years of international hospitality operations and finance experience to skillfully direct the group's growth, development, mergers and acquisitions. Under Mr. Coll's leadership, AMResorts has become the largest Resort Brand Management company in Mexico and the Caribbean.

Since the inception of AMResorts in 2001 and prior to his appointment as Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer of Apple Leisure Group, Mr. Coll held diverse leadership roles in AMResorts, including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, and was directly involved in negotiating contracts, analyzing and selecting existing hotels for rebranding, plus supervising the development and construction of new hotels.

While defining the signature attributes of AMResorts' six luxurious brands, Mr. Coll also developed and implemented new operating procedures for each brand's finance, administration, auditing, IT and legal departments. He has been responsible and instrumental in developing strategies that would expand AMResorts' world-class portfolio.

Before joining AMResorts, Mr. Coll was the Deputy Managing Director of MAC Hotels, based in Palma de Mallorca, where he oversaw sales, marketing, operations and administration for the hotel chain. He was also Head of International Development (Spain), Managing Director (USA), and Director of Administration for Spain's Barceló Group. He began his career as an economist, developing viability studies of the transition from traditional European-plan hotels to the all-inclusive format.

Originally from Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Mr. Coll graduated from Universitat de les Illes Balears with a B.A. in Marketing & International Taxation and received an M.B.A. in Business Administration/Economics from Universitat de Barcelona.

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Mr. Coll can be contacted at +1 610-359-5913 or jcoll@applelg.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.