This week, we’re back with another update on the people behind Lifestyle Barcelona’s exotic activities and services with an interview with professional, put-together Raquel Consul, Lifestyle Barcelona/Lifestyle DMC co-founder and Director of Operations.
Some people stumble upon Barcelona as a wonderfully well-kept secret; others hear about the city’s mythical passageways and modern vibe for years before they visit. There are a few, however, lucky enough to claim this ancient bastion of culture as their hometown–and Lifestyle Barcelona’s own Raquel Consul is one of these few.
Born in Barcelona, Raquel has lived here for her entire life. Aside from a five-year stint in London, where she went to university, Barcelona has been her home forever.
“I lived abroad for a period of time,” she says, “but something pulled me back… and I had to come back.”
Currently the Director of Operations, Raquel co-founded Lifestyle Barcelona and its corporate partner, Lifestyle DMC, back in 2003. Since then, she has watched the destination management industry shift as the Internet opened the world up to exciting new possibilities. Suddenly, they could reach whole groups that they hadn’t been able to before. Their practices changed.
“You never get bored,” Raquel says. “There is always a new challenge, new people; it’s an industry that evolves.”
As she spends most of her time on the DMC side, Raquel is tasked with facilitating whole brand-new adventures. In her role, she gets to craft every part of an experience, planning out everything from the entertainment to the hotels.
“I always think about something as a whole instead of a single activity, where there are lots of elements involved,” she says. “From choosing a venue, to a catering company suitable for the occasion, production, [and] entertainment… etc.”
Centering the business in Barcelona has its benefits, too. The city has many quirks, from its flourishing gastronomy to its thrilling history, but when about what Raquel thinks the city’s most interesting quality is, she has a surprising answer.
“It would have to be its location, and the power of the brand Barcelona,” she says. “I think the city opened itself to the world with the 1992 Olympics, and since then it has had some ups and downs… [Now] we are learning how to manage its growth and evolution. I like the fact that a lot of things happen in the streets of Barcelona, so you can walk around and there is always something going on. The city is alive!”
It certainly is. Bursting with color and creativity, Barcelona has become a place renowned the world over for its food, culture, and beautiful landmarks. But it isn’t just that: it’s a modern hub, bustling with new businesses and innovation. Raquel’s favorite thing about the city? How easily you can get from place to place.
“You can be anywhere in the city, and in the space of ten minutes you can be having lunch with a friend, or having a meeting with a provider, or going home,” she says. “It is a city that makes your life less complicated.”
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