Editorial Board

Mr. Antonioli

Valeriano Antonioli

Chief Executive Officer, Lungarno Alberghi s.r.l.

Valeriano Antonioli is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Lungarno Alberghi s.r.l., the hotel management company owned by the Ferragamo family. As a 27-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Mr. Antonioli has managed luxury hotels and resorts throughout Italy, Germany, Russia, England and the U.S. His passions for innovation, luxury and attention to detail, as well as his flair for reinventing hotels into vibrant lifestyle destinations perfect for the fashionable elite, have been core values throughout his career. Prior to joining Lungarno Alberghi s.r.l., Mr. Antonioli was Managing Director of InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa, a 293-room luxury resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Under his guidance, which began in 2007, the resort achieved important accolades, such as Travel + Leisure “13th Best US and Canada Hotel 2010” and Esquire’s “Best New US Restaurant 2009.” Upon opening in 2009, the hotel was listed by Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top new hotels in the world. Previously, as General Manager of the W Hotel in Los Angeles, Mr. Antonioli oversaw the entire hotel operation while enhancing it into a contemporary, world-class address through a complete restructuring of its outlets. His vision included adding Los Angeles’ hottest bar, Whiskey Blue, and the critically acclaimed restaurant, NineThirty. His influence helped cultivate the hotel into an urban oasis complimented by contemporary art, music and seductive interiors. Mr. Antonioli’s experience also includes General Manager of the historic Diana Majestic in Milan, which he repositioned as “the fashion hotel in Milan, ” by making a true happening of the Milanese tradition of an evening aperitif. There, Mr. Antonioli created the Diana Garden and Black Label Room transforming Diana Majestic into one of the hippest hotels in Europe. Previously, Mr. Antonioli was Resident Manager at Hotel Principie di Savoia and Hotel Duca in Milan; Room Division Manager at Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg; and Room Division Manager at Arabella Grand Hotel in Frankfurt, Germany. Mr. Antonioli is a Certified Business Economist with a degree in business economics from VWA Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. He also studied Marketing and Hospitality Industry Strategic Management at Cornell University. Married with two children, he is a Taekwondo Black Belt and enjoys outdoor sports including skiing, mountain climbing, golf and tennis. He also recently became a fan of yoga. He is author of the successful book Eating, Drinking and Flirting and The Joy of Discovery which tells in an evocative, emotional style of all there is to experience at Montelucia Resort & Spa. Mr. Antonioli is fluent in four languages including Italian, German, French and English. In 2007, he was decorated in the Legion of Honour of the Italian Republic as Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana. Please visit www.lungarnocollection.com for more information.

Mr. Antonioli can be contacted at 39-055-272-66800 or v.antonioli@lungarnocollection.com

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.