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Mr. Solaro del Borgo

Gerardo Solaro del Borgo

Chief Executive Officer, Toscana Resort Castelfalfi

Gerardo Solaro del Borgo is Chief Executive Officer of Toscana Resort Castelfalfi. In this role, he is responsible for the management, business development and strategic direction of the 2,700 acre area owned by TUI AG, which includes the real estate, agricultural segments, two luxury hotels and a 27-hole golf course within a Medieval Borg.

As CEO, Mr. Solaro is in charge of the administrative performance of the Estate. He is also the spokesperson of TUI to the local Tuscan and Italian institutions and ambassador of Castelfalfi for TUI, world leader in tourism.

Before joining Toscana Resort Castelfalfi, Mr. Solaro worked in the finance sector, where he followed the Deutsche Bank and Societè Generale for the Euro-bond market from London. In 1995, he moved to Milan to serve as General Manager of Deutsche Bank real estate. He was also a pioneer of the made in Italy real estate funds, which saw the light in the early 2000s.

After this role, Mr. Solaro worked in a leadership position with Cordea Savills Investment Management where he was called by the banks to restore the leading hotel chain in Italy with 24 hotels Boscolo Group, which he guided as Chief Operating Officer from 2015 to 2017.

After Boscolo Group had been successfully restored and sold in 2017, Mr. Solaro joined StarHotel as Business Developer.

Gerardo Solaro del Borgo is a dedicated humanitarian serving as President of The Order of Malta's Italian Relief Corps, which includes more than 4,000 volunteers involved in a variety of philanthropic projects.

Please visit http://www.castelfalfi.com for more information.

Mr. Solaro del Borgo can be contacted at +39 057-189-0163 or pr@castelfalfi.it

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.