Jude Bolger (Ambassador)
Jude has been involved in the hospitality industry for over 20 years and has held roles in an operational, advisory and real-estate development context. He specialises in the areas of concept development, strategic planning, feasibility and operator selection across the hotel, gaming and tourism sectors.
With the benefit of many hats within the industry, Jude adds significant value by understanding the linkage between concept, feasibility and strategic planning with operations. This insight provided at the early stage of hospitality development projects has the capacity to reduce development cost through lower levels of contract variation, value-engineering and future-proofing.
Having had major hotel operator development experience, clients benefit throughout operator selection processes in negotiation of leasehold arrangements, franchises and management contracts. Incorporation of clauses that are favourable and less onerous on asset holders allow for sustainable financial returns to be realised.
In an advisory and real-estate development context, Jude has wide ranging experience that includes hotel feasibility, pre-feasibility tourism master-planning, operator selection, gaming market opportunity assessment, tourism attraction development, owner representation, operations reviews, Excel model building and desktop valuations amongst other. In Europe, Jude gained his consulting experience with TRI Hospitality Consulting in London where he worked on a large variety of hospitality development projects internationally. He subsequently joined Choice Hotels Europe as their Acquisition Manager and was involved on the roll out and leasehold negotiation of select-service brands in the UK. In Australia, Jude and has held roles with DWS Hospitality Specialists and Jones Lang LaSalle before establishing HDI Advisory. Geographically, Jude has undertaken advisory projects in Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Cape Verde, Cyprus, France, Georgia, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Thailand and the UK.
Operationally, Jude has worked in exclusive four and five-star properties across all departments in a management training capacity as well as direct employment. Properties include Lindeth Fell Hotel in the UK; Ballynahinch Castle and Hotel Europe in Ireland; and the Hotel Royal Savoy in Switzerland.
Jude holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Property Studies; Master of Business Studies in Planning and Strategic Management; Bachelor of Business Studies in Tourism and Hospitality Management; and a Diploma of Business Studies specialising in Hotel & Catering Management. He is a member of SKAL International and of the Australian Property Institute.