From Guardo to Global: The Journey of Raúl González in the Tourism Industry

Raúl González (Barceló) is known for his ability to sleep effortlessly, even while on his feet

Raúl González was born in Guardo (Palencia) in 1961, a place he describes as rather strange. His father was stationed there for work, and it was on September 27, International Tourism Day, leading González to believe he was predestined to work in the sector. Currently serving as the CEO for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East of Barceló Hotel Group, the second-largest Spanish chain by number of rooms, González grew up, studied, and lived in Bilbao until his work with the hotel company led him to reside in Palma de Mallorca. Despite the challenges of the industry, González admits to enjoying taking risks, believing that being fearless and a bit mad is necessary to stay ahead in the market.

When asked about his travel habits, González expressed his love for traveling and meeting new people. However, he admitted that excessive travel can be exhausting, leading to moments of laziness during long 12-hour trips. González shared that he typically takes around 200 flights per year, considering it a crucial aspect of his work in the tourism industry. He emphasized the importance of setting an example and staying connected with the hotels under his supervision.

González reflected on the evolution of his career, noting that as responsibilities increased, he became less of an economist and more focused on fostering personal relationships. He emphasized the importance of understanding and connecting with people in various roles, ranging from team members to hotel owners. Despite the changing dynamics of his work, González expressed an appreciation for seeing his team members grow and surpass him in certain areas.

As for his personal interests, González mentioned his love for sports like paddle tennis and tennis

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