KASA Hotel Collection has announced the appointment of Kai Jockel as area manager of KASA Hotel Collection in Mexico. KASA Hotel Collection currently operates one hotel located in Aldea Zam: Hotel KASA Parota Tulum. A second hotel, the Hotel KASA Riviera Maya will open in June 2019, and it will be followed by a third in September 2019; two more hotels are planned for 2020. Hotel KASA Parota Tulum and Hotel KASA Riviera Maya are both members of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
A veteran of the hospitality industry with more than 30 years of experience, Jockel will be responsible for overall operation of the five hotels, including the planning and preparation for the four yet to open. Kai’s new position with KASA Hotel Collection marks his return to Mexico after 18 years, adding to his more than 10 years in hospitality in Latin America.
Jockel’s hospitality background spans the globe, from Croatia to Colombia, and Costa Rica to China. He has managed both boutique and larger hotels, ranging from fewer than 100 rooms to more than 800. He has worked with hotel chains in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe, including Marriott, Sheraton, Hilton and Starwood. Jockel, according to Kasa Hotel Collection, is an expert in property pre-openings, re-openings and positioning, taking responsibility for everything from the initial stages of planning to successful operation and growth. He is fluent in German, English and Spanish.
Since 2014, he has served as an instructor for eCornell, teaching courses focused on Food Service, Marketing and Revenue Management for Cornell University working with the online university for hotel management.