About Us

“In Real Estate know how is important, but know who is what really makes it happen”

We are a hospitality, real estate advisory and development company

that works for:

  • private equity funds
  • real estate owners
  • investors
  • resort developers
  • lenders
  • hotel brands
  • and other stakeholders who count on us to deliver independent and objective, high-quality services in order to help them achieve their business goals.

We provide comprehensive advisory and promotion services specialized in the hospitality sector being one of the most experienced boutique tourism-oriented firms, participating in multiple projects of all sizes throughout Mexico and Latin America.

The Company has almost 10 years since its foundation, but through its founding partners, it has more than 60 years of accumulated experience with successful results in the hospitality/real estate, tourism and other industries, both in the private and public sectors.

Leisure Founding Partners 

Leisure Partners brings together a team of professionals to help reach the maximum value of each project.
Each team member brings new things to the table, with a different and creative perspective, contributing with unique capabilities to enrich and enhance each project to its full potential. 

John McCarthy

Founding partner & principal at Leisure Partners

John was head of FONATUR (National Trust Fund for Tourism Development and Promotion) from 2000 to 2006, and member of the Extended Cabinet during the presidency of Vicente Fox throughout his administration. Before holding the position at FONATUR, John was President Officer of Raintree Resorts International / Club Regina, and prior to this he was CEO of the Tourism Division at Bancomer (Mexico’s largest bank), including management of the Westin Regina Resorts in Mexico. John has also chaired multiple trade associations, including Mexico’s CNET (Consejo Nacional Empresarial Turístico), among others.

John has a Business Administration degree from Universidad La Salle in Mexico City and more than 30 years of experience in the Mexican tourism and real estate development industries.

Gustavo Ripol

Founding partner & principal at Leisure Partners.

Gustavo has participated in companies and projects like Pacífica Ixtapa, in the Tourism Division of Bancomer as Planning Director, at RCI as Director of Marketing and Communications for Latin America, at Raintree Resorts International/ Club Regina as Chief Operating Officer, as Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Quinta Real and Club Quinta Real.

Gustavo has an Industrial Engineering degree from the Universidad Anáhuac del Sur, with postgraduate studies in Finance from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), and has more than 30 years of experience in the tourism industry.