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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 January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.