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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 September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.