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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 Conde 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.

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

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.