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Mr. Fantoni

Renato Fantoni

Director, HPS Hotel Reservations

Renato Fantoni has worked in the Hotel and Travel industry for over 3 decades. As a director and owner of London based HPS Reservations, he has developed the company, which was established in 1971, from a hotel representative to a marketing and reservations hub promoting many independent properties around the world to the UK travel market.

Mr. Fantoni has also been involved in education and development for many years too. He is a work-place performance coach/trainer and specializes in helping people develop their personal and corporate potential. The inspiration for this came from realizing that tourism is a people oriented activity and that learning & development concerns itself with the same.

Mr. Fantoni lectures in tourism at two London universities and is an assessor and writer for an examination board whose courses are taken in many countries. He is the author of a book called The Beautiful Mind Game which takes methods and lessons from the sport of Soccer and transposes them into the work place. He is currently writing a book about the psychology of travel and how to balance traveler's experiences with the skills of 21st Century travel professionals.

Mr. Fantoni's personal website / blog deals with the art and science of travel. He has a penchant for comparing and contrasting disconnected topics to come up with new ways of seeing and perceiving. His perspective when writing is like an anonymous voyeur. Like a fleeting tourist observing a few moments of somebody else's life with some impunity. And the lesson? The lesson is to do this yet you must still ensure you maintain distance, discretion and respect

Mr. Fantoni's writing peers out through a porthole at many varied things and focuses on: Travel\Hotels, Leadership, Coaching, Education & Football.  By assuming the position of a tourist Mr. Fantoni believes he can purloin the outside (objective) view while being aware that his state of passing through will still affect what lies below.

Please visit http://www.tourister.co.uk for more information.

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/renato-fantoni-8886864/

Mr. Fantoni can be contacted at +44 208-446-0126 or renato@fantoni.info

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.