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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 +44 020-787-87701 or mcastells@hvs.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.