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Ms. Castells

Magalí Castells

Senior Association, HVS London

Magalí Castells is a senior associate at the HVS London office, part of the company's team of more than 300 people located in over 50 offices throughout the world who specialise in all types of hospitality assets including hotels, restaurants, casinos, shared ownership lodging, mixed-use developments, and golf courses, as well as conventions, sports, and entertainment facilities.

HVS associates help investors, operators and developers with any aspect of financing, developing, owning, or operating a hospitality property as well as having divisions specialising in valuations and appraisals, management, executive search, interior design and brokerage and transactions.

Before joining HVS, Ms. Castells gained operational and real estate development experience in Barcelona, Spain. She speaks English, Spanish, Catalan and French and holds an MSc in Hospitality Business from Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne.

Prior to gaining her master's, Ms. Castells graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from ESADE Business School, Barcelona, with a focus on finance and real estate.

Ms. Castells has worked with HVS for more than two years, in which time she has advised on several hotel valuations and feasibility studies throughout different markets within Europe. She has worked on a number of specialist reports for HVS including the 2019 European Hotel Valuation Index, published in February 2019, which she co-wrote with HVS director Sophie Perret. The report can be downloaded at https://www.hvs.com/article/8460-2019-european-hotel-valuation-index.

Ms. Castells has also published articles on the tourism and hotel market in Budapest, the burgeoning serviced apartment sector in Europe, supply and demand trends in Barcelona and the 2017 European Hotel Transactions report.

Please visit http://www.hvs.com for more information.

Ms. Castells can be contacted at +44 02078787701 or mcastells@hvs.com

Coming up in June 2020...

Sales & Marketing: Technology Rules

It is impossible for any hotel to develop an effective sales and marketing plan that doesn't include a wide-ranging digital strategy. Online platforms have impacted virtually every aspect of their business, due to major changes in how Internet users research, plan, and book their hotel visits. As a result, a successful plan includes generating traffic through the use of a hotel website, social media, email and a myriad of other digital marketing technologies. One such strategy uses data collection and automation technology to create personalized content to individual customers. The goal of personalization marketing is to engage potential customers by communicating with them as individuals - to establish a more personal relationship - as a way of encouraging them to visit a property. Video marketing is also extremely important. Showing someone authentic video from a specific location is immersive and engaging, and video is still the preferred way for customers to interact with a hotel brand. Voice and Visual Search are increasingly in demand, as consumers are moving away from typing queries into a search engine. Instead, they can simply speak their request into their phone, and find and book a hotel without ever typing a word. Similarly, other platforms allow consumers to search visually for almost any image, and find out pricing information, shopping comparisons and how-to-buy - all from the app. The adoption of Artificial Intelligence is also becoming popular. The ability of chatbots to answer simple questions or fulfill requests 24/7 is undeniably appealing. In addition, A.I. seems best positioned to qualify leads that can be later nurtured and closed by a human sales expert - all at a fraction of the cost of a traditional support team. The June Hotel Business Review will examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating these innovative technologies into their operations.