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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 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.