Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Quintana

David Quintana

VP Strategy & Development, Grupo Xcaret

David Quintana is an award-winning architect and the Vice President of Strategy and Development for Grupo Xcaret, the leader in sustainable and socially responsible tourism in the Mexican Caribbean.

Mr. Quintana's unique vision and diverse experience led him to incorporate innovative and sustainable concepts when designing Hotel Xcaret, an eco-conscious resort that highlights the very best of Mexico while redefining the traditional all-inclusive concept. Passionate about finding ways to exhibit Mexico's unique culture and nature, Quintana continuously seeks innovative ways to bring the region's distinctive offerings to life in a way that has never been seen or done before.

Mr. Quintana's father, Miguel Quintana Pali, a renowned architect and President and CEO of Grupo Xcaret, inspired him to purse his current career path. The father/son duo has worked together on multiple projects in the past, such as developing Xenses, a half-day recreational park that awakens visitors' senses and challenges their perceptions through sensorial journeys in water, air and land.

Mr. Quintana's goal during the construction of Hotel Xcaret Mexico was to ensure that guests kept Mexico in their memory as a result of the uniquely crafted experiences offered throughout the property. He successfully captured the country's eclectic culture by integrating locally-inspired design, style and architecture. The hotel features 900 spacious guest suites, 11 distinct dining destinations, multiple swimming pools, a world-class spa and wellness center.

Apart from his expertise in architecture and design, Mr. Quintana has helped shape Hotel Xcaret Mexico as a place that represents every aspect of the vibrant destination through all forms of art, including top-class gastronomy, culture and music.

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

Mr. Quintana can be contacted at dquintana@experienciasxcaret.com.mx

Coming up in May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.