Joan Vila

Executive Chairman
Hotelbeds Group

Joan Vila Executive Chairman
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.

Sessions

Executive Interview: Hotelbeds Group

A series of acquisitions has cemented the leadership position of the world's largest bedbank, but can they compete on a global scale? Their executive chairman explains how the newly merged business will influence hotel distribution for years to come.