Joan Vilà is the Executive Chairman of Hotelbeds Group, which includes the world’s leading B2B bedbank that serves the global travel industry.
The role of Hotelbeds in the accommodation market is to connect two very fragmented ends. On one side the hotels and on the other the B2C intermediaries (tour operators, travel agencies, OTAs, etc). Hotelbeds provides efficient capillary distribution to the hotels and hotel availability at competitive rates to the B2C intermediaries.
Joan has led Hotelbeds from its creation in 2001 and for 13 years was also Group Management Board member of First Choice Holidays PLC and TUI Travel PLC.
Holding an MBA from IESE, Joan has also completed the Senior Executive Program at Columbia Business School. He is Vice-Chairman of the JSF Travel & Tourism School, partnered by IESE and Wharton.
Hotelbeds Group was acquired in September 2016 by Cinven and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.