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Mr. Ashbel

Boaz Ashbel

Managing Director, Aztec Group

As Managing Director of Aztec Group, Inc., Bo Ashbel focuses solely on hospitality acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, and debt and equity financing. His area of expertise involves a variety of hospitality property transactions and financing, including select and full-service hotels, convention-oriented resorts, as well as condominium hotels.

Mr. Ashbel's 25 years of hospitality experience includes acquisitions and dispositions, debt, mezzanine, and equity financing, joint venture creation and capital restructuring, market research, economic impact analysis, financial analyses, appraisals and operational reviews for a variety of existing and proposed hotels, resorts and other leisure-oriented properties.

Prior to joining Aztec, Mr. Ashbel founded Ashbel Realty Advisors, Inc., which facilitated the acquisition, disposition, joint ventures, and debt and equity financing for hospitality properties. Over the past 15 years, he has been involved as a principal in a number of hospitality related projects, gaining a keen understanding of operational and ownership related issues.

Mr. Ashbel gained considerable experience at Landauer Associates, Inc., Pannell Kerr Forster, and Laventhol & Horwath where he directed hotel related valuations and appraisals, as well as feasibility studies and developmental consulting for projects located throughout the Caribbean, South Florida and other international locations.

Mr. Ashbel graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel Administration. He is a former Vice President of the Cornell Society of Hotelmen, a Tourism Committee member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and an active Florida Real Estate and Mortgage Broker.

Please visit www.aztecgroup.com for more information.

Mr. Ashbel can be contacted at 305-854-5000 or bashbel@aztecgroup.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.