Supplier Spotlight - Catalonia Bávaro Beach, Golf & Casino Resorts

Catalonia Bávaro Beach, Golf & Casino Resorts logo

Number of years company has been in business:
39 years

In 50 words or less, please share a quick description for your company:
Catalonia Hotels & Resorts is a chain of family hotels founded by the Vallet brothers. After its beginnings in the real estate sector, the business opened its first establishment in 1983, to become one of the largest hotel chains in Spain. The company currently has 73 establishments in more than 20 different destinations: 56 hotels in Spain, one in Brussels, one in Berlin, one in Amsterdam, one in Porto, 12 resorts in the Caribbean (6 in the Dominican Republic and 6 in Mexico) and one city hotel in Santo Domingo. We are currently the leading hotel chain in Barcelona with more than 3,000 rooms on offer.

Do you have a Travel Advisor Specialist Program and if so please share the URL where advisors can learn more or sign-up:
Punta Cana
dominicana.eventos@cataloniahotels.com
http://www.cataloniahotels.com
http://www.booking.com/catalonia_punta/cana
CENTRAL OFFICE IN SPAIN
C/Còrsega, 323 (Passeig de Gràcia / Av. Diagonal),
08037 Barcelona
Sales: booking@cataloniahotels.com
Ph: (0034) 93 236 00 00 / Fax: (0034) 93 236 00 26
7:00 pm

Share a little about the company culture (what you're most excited about as an employee):
In addition to working to offer their clients a good product and have unforgettable experiences. I really like the programs that Catalonia has for his employees. Training: For example, they offer constantly running courses designed to improve the work skills and personal development
of our teams. Social policies. Support to employees and their families, employee recognition
and charity work. Youth employment. We offer young talent dual training, scholarships and career plans. Social vulnerability. Recruitment and training of people in a vulnerable position. Recruitment of disabled people.

JUNIOR HOTEL MANAGERS
Our company seeks young people who wish to join a hotel chain with the ambition and drive to occupy positions of responsibility in hotel management. Initially, we are looking for people with at least two years of experience in middle management posts who have organizational and leadership skills, and who are hard working. All future managers should successfully pass this programme, be willing to put up with the disadvantages of the job, have good interpersonal skills and a cultural background suited to the job

As it relates to romance travel, what unique value proposition(s) set your brand apart from the competition?
WE ARE HERE TO CONSENT YOU
We want you to feel special, our greatest satisfaction is serving you the way you deserve. That is why at Catalonia we offer a personalized service to each of our guests. The warmth of the service distinguishes us and we strive to anticipate all your wishes to pamper you. Because we not only want you to enjoy, we want come back.
WE CREATE DREAM WEDDINGS
We make the most important day of your life an unforgettable moment. Celebrate your wedding or renewal of vows in a paradisiacal place surrounded by crystal clear waters, soft white sand and sunsets that make you fall in love. Let our team of wedding coordinators take care of all the details, while you enjoy all the luxury and comfort of our spectacular resorts in the Caribbean. 
Our wedding services are available at all Catalonia resorts in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. We offer perfect romantic packages to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, marriage proposals or simply because you want to pamper your loved one. For a honeymoon or a romantic getaway, our Privileged Romance rooms offer you a complimentary massage in our exclusive spa, romantic dinners and much more. (NOW I TALK ABOUT THE WEDDING PACKAGES WE OFFER)

Can you share a success story (with WOW factors) when working with travel advisors?
Working with travel agents helps us a lot in the process of the details and coordination of the event, first because it knows your client better and constantly reminds them that deadlines are approaching or that they have a meeting to choose the cake or table linen, etc., it helps to let nothing be delayed. Once we had an event with a group of almost 200 people, a group of notaries. The travel agent forgot some materials to take notes, among other things, we assist you and try to support you in any situation that arises so that the event is successful.

What is new and exciting that you're looking forward to share with this year's Romance Travel Forum delegates?
I want to know the plans and sales strategies that they offer this year and what is the forecast for this year, in relation to requests for weddings and events

The travel industry is forever evolving. What are some of the trends you're seeing, and what initiatives is your brand developing to support travel sellers grow their business?
We conduct market surveys and draw up feasibility studies focused on the future. We do not seek short-term returns, but rather stick to our vision of continuity, which implies taking meticulous care in the preventive maintenance of our assets. We design our plans with our customers in mind. They are our biggest asset and we seek to constantly exceed their expectations. We work on every last detail to achieve excellent quality standards and conduct internal and external controls to deliver the best quality of service to our guests. We invest in refurbishments and in keeping our properties in perfect condition.

What are your traditional commission structures?
We offer 20% commission on wedding packages for travel agents (AAVV), other additional ones are not commissioned. In relation to the rooms, we offer a competitive net rate for you to place your markup, in the case of groups that are paid through the AAVV and it pays the hotel.

Why should travel advisors work with your brand?
The Catalonia Hotels & Resorts chain is committed to excellence. We aim to give our guests full satisfaction by always offering them the best value for money. We are acutely aware that quality and staff training are the core of our business. We live in a world where technology and high demands have made the smallest details such as the capacity to respond, approachability and anticipating our guests’ needs make all the difference. We are able to achieve all of this thorough: Our experience, we are forward-looking, financial growth, Sound policies, Approachability, Tailored solutions, Excellent value for money.

What tools/technologies do you have in place to support travel sellers, and do they integrate into current available technologies? If yes, please share which ones.
Catalonia offers a variety of corporate materials, to that you’re up-to-date of the latest news, like the press kit.
(Do not hesitate to contact us (prensa@cataloniahotels.com) if you specifically need photographs of one of our establishments.)
booking@cataloniahotels.com

When communicating with your company, what can travel advisors expect (ie turnaround time, dedicated point person, etc.)?
Your request will be answered in less than 48 hours (from Monday to Friday).
CENTRAL OFFICE IN SPAIN
C/Còrsega, 323 (Passeig de Gràcia / Av. Diagonal),
08037 Barcelona
Sales: booking@cataloniahotels.com
Ph: (0034) 93 236 00 00 / Fax: (0034) 93 236 00 26
7:00 pm

How and where can travel advisors book or get support when selling your product?
Through our page https://www.cataloniahotels.com/es 

booking@cataloniahotels.com 

In light of Covid19 still being a part of our day-to-day operations, are there protocols you think are essential for travel advisors to be aware of when booking your brand?
The measures that must always be maintained are: educate and encourage hygiene habits, protect employees and clients from sick individuals, ensure the hygienic handling of products that come into contact with a large number of people.