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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 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.