Javier Pérez Tenessa is founded eDreams. He holds an MS in Aerospace Engineering and he started his career as a satellite design engineer in France and in the US. After a number of years he entered the business sector and this helped him found eDreams, which is leader in cheap flights and one of the most important online travel agencies in the world. In fact, eDreams is the leading online travel portal in Spain and the second in Europe.
Javier loves the Dolomites mountain range in the Alps and likes to go there from time to time. He has a passion for the city of Barcelona, because of what it represents, as well as urban and cultural capitals such as London, Paris and Madrid.
Where is your usual place of residence?
How many days per year do you spend away from home?
Approximately 52 days per year, about once a week. Even though I am in Barcelona, I spend most of my time away from home for work reasons; I am always away for more than 12 hours per day. That is why weekends are almost always my time and I make the most of it.
Which beaches do you like the most?
The beaches in the Mexican Caribbean, Cancun and Cozumel, as well as those in the Maldives and Hawaii. The beaches on the Costa Brava in Catalonia are also good if I don’t have free time to travel somewhere else.
Where is the best place to relax and disconnect?
The mountains are the place where I can get away from almost everything. I also enjoy windsurfing at beaches in Tarifa, Hawaii or Wadell in California. I also disconnect when I am with my children of course.
What is your favourite hotel restaurant?
The Drolma restaurant at the Majestic Hotel and Spa in Barcelona.
What would you never eat when travelling?
I would never eat dog in China, beetles in Indonesia and snakes in Mexico…
Which airline do you fly the most with?
I don’t mind which airline. I always check on eDreams and I buy the cheapest flight combination which meets my needs and schedule.
Which airport is the best in the world?
El Prat Airport in Barcelona because of its look. It is light years ahead of JFK in New York, Heathrow in London or Charles de Gaulle in Paris. I think Barajas Airport in Madrid is the second best airport. Spanish airports have improved significantly over the last number of years.
What do you always put in your suitcase?
Swimming trunks. Even when I go to the mountain I always try to stay somewhere that has a swimming pool or spa.
A last minute or planned trip?
I always plan everything when I travel with my children. When I travel alone I have to improvise because the time I have to prepare my trip is limited.