HCI and EDI have formed a joint venture. The alliance increases HCI range of hotel
advisory and valuation services to include EcoResort development and consulting. It
allows EDI to synergize its unique services with the wide range of real estate and
consulting services provided by HCI.
EDI is one of the few companies worldwide that specializes in offering solutions and
opportunities in the niche Ecotourism market for the lodging industry. As the year of
2002 has been designated as the International Year of Ecotourism, the time seems ripe for
such a venture.
Hotel Consulting International (HCI) is a Boutique appraisal/consulting firm (www.hotelconsulting.net) devoted exclusively to the hospitality industry. Firm in its 10th year established as a leader in its field of hotel financial analysis. In 2000, assets exceeding $1.4 billion were evaluated by the company. Has completed 1,000 appraisal assignments in U.S. and internationally. Clients are leading investors (debt & equity) and hotel companies. Firm provides appraisals (valuations), market studies, feasibility reports, highest and best use studies, optimal franchise affiliation analyses, financial forecasts, and other specialized consulting services. Property types include major convention hotels (1,000 rooms plus), exclusive destination resorts, unique boutique hotels, condo-hotels, luxury resorts, country clubs and branded limited service hotels. In addition, assignments have included Condominium/ Residential Components, Interval Ownership, Golf and Country Club, Marina, Tennis Centers, Spa, Casino, Commercial, and Convention Center Facilities.
According to Hotel Consulting International (HCI)'s President O'Neill Uniquely designed, ecologically efficient hotels, represent excellent opportunities if strategically located. The investment is not high and are viewed more favorably by quasi- government financing agencies interested in economic development coupled with environmental sensitivity. He adds While EDI has been most active in the U.S. we believe his concept may also be well received in the Caribbean and Latin America where unique environmentally sensitive projects may qualify for international government finance.
O'Neill has 25 years of hotel operations, ownership, development, consulting and valuation experience. Designations include Member Appraisal Institute (MAI) and International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC). He has also received the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) designation. The CRE designation is the highest and most respected in the industry with only 1,000 practitioners worldwide and only several dedicated to the hospitality industry. In addition, O'Neill is a graduate of New York University with Masters Degree in Real Estate Development & Investment.
Ecotourism Development, Inc. EDI is a leading consulting firm devoted to programs for sustainable eco-resort and ecotourism development for the lodging industry worldwide. The primary goal of EDI's consulting services is to increase a property's occupancy, length of stay, and incorporate green features into the resort, marketing nature-based ecotourism opportunities and tours as a unique experience for guests. EDI's menu of services include: Eco-resorts, boutique hotels and lodging development, consulting, marketing and public relation programs, master plans and feasibility studies, equity and debt financing, site valuation, joint venture, partnerships and management.
EDI's President and Founder, Wendall Collins states 2002 has been designated the 'International Year of Ecotourism' and I truly believe that travelers are eager to learn about their world but within their own comfort zone. The use and practice of sustainable development techniques and proven conservation programs in conjunction with ecoexperiences programs/ is a niche that has yet to be fully exploited. Once this product type has been developed with some critical mass, such as has happened with boutique hotels it will be rewarding for its pioneers.
Market trends indicate that ecotourism is growing about 5% per year with an estimated 50 million travelers reported selecting an ecotourism experience during the past 3 years.
The primary goals of this consulting service are to boost a property's occupancy, increase the guest length of stay, incorporate green features into the resort, and market nature-based ecotourism opportunities and tours as a unique guest experience.
For additional information on the HCI/EDI joint venture, call (305) 856-7560 or access the respective web sites at: www.hotelconsulting.net, or www.ecotourismdev.com,