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Mr. Giglio

Gianluca Giglio

Managing Director, Ragosta Hotels Collection

Gianluca Giglio is managing director of Ragosta Hotels Collection headquartered on the Amalfi Coast of Italy. Mr. Giglio is credited with creating the three year-old luxury hotel collection and oversees the operations, branding, and development, sales and marketing for the collection. At present, the collection consists of three luxury boutique properties; the 77-room Hotel Raito situated above the villages of Vietri sul Mare and Raito and overlooking the Bay of Salerno; the boutique 22-room Relais Paradiso a private resort housing spectacular suites, private pool and personalize service; and the new 61-room resort, La Plage Resort located in Taormina-Sicily. Under Mr. Giglio's direction, Ragosta Hotels Collection will expand to include a fourth hotel in the center of Rome. Perhaps Mr. Giglio's crowning achievement has been the successful creation and launch of the company's personalize guest service program. The Define Your Lifestyle guest program enables guests of Ragosta Hotels the opportunity to customize their hotel stay. The program extends beyond the traditional guest loyalty programs featuring in room design, culinary offerings, wellness facilities, therapies and treatments and public spaces. Mr. Giglio' goal is to target a new generation of traveler desiring a hospitality experience that is exceptional, mirrors their lifestyle in unique destinations. Ragosta Hotels guests have specific tastes and needs and it is important for the organization to ensure it exceeds their exceptations in terms of hospitality during their holiday or business stay. To make this experience work and seem seamless to the guest, Ragosta Hotels combines multiple hotel story elements together such as the architecture, design and service aspects. In addition, Mr. Giglio also has launched a successful innovative social networking marketing program for Ragosta Hotels Collection. This web-based program allows the company to gain a greater understanding of guests' needs and communicates directly with past and future clients. Because of the interactive component, the program closely monitors guest feedback and provided a true sense in how the properties are in terms of service. Mr. Giglio began his hospitality career in 1989 at the U.K.-based De Vere Hotels and Resorts. In 2000, he served as the executive director of the Giglio Group Hotels, which features four and five-star hotels located throughout Italy. While at Giglio Group he held several operations and management positions eventually overseeing hotel operations including food and beverage and revenue management. In addition, Mr. Giglio oversaw operations and held management positions at properties at luxury properties throughout Europe and Italy. Born and raised in Sorrento, Italy, Mr. Giglio received a diploma in contemporary studies at F. Severi Liceo Scientifico, Castellammare di Stabia, Italy. He received an Executive Master's degree in Tourism and Management from St. Patrick's College, London, U.K. and studied German at the University of Wien in Austria. He is fluent in English, German and Italian. Mr. Giglio often attends executive hospitality professional development courses to ensure he remains well-versed in the latest industry trends and issues. In January 2010, Mr. Giglio was honored as one of “The Finest Hoteliers Worldwide” by the American Academy of Hospitality Science. In addition, Mr. Giglio serves on several expert panels for organizations such as Forrester Research and the Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG).

Mr. Giglio can be contacted at gianluca@hotelierlife.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.