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Mr. Manetti

Maurizio Manetti

Director of Risk Management, Swissotel Chicago

Maurizio Manetti is the Director of Risk Management for Swissotel Chicago. Since August 2010, Mr. Manetti has been in charge of the hotel's safety and security. His main responsibilities include establishing policies and procedures for the protection of the staff, guests, proprietary information, and physical assets. Furthermore, he develops and executes the hotel's crisis management program. This includes the deployment of state-of-the-art technology solutions and innovated security management techniques to safeguard all assets. As a result of his career experiences, Mr. Manetti is trained and skilled in high-risk, high-priority situations. Before college, Mr. Manetti joined Italy's Navy and served in the Navy Special Forces for two years advancing to Sailor 1st Class. After his time in the military, Mr. Manetti set his goals high and earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in both Engineering and Law/Criminal Justice from the University of Florence and University of Rome, respectively. Even more, he is a polyglot; his fluent languages include: English, Italian, Spanish and French. His education and military training provided a core foundation for his profession. Mr. Manetti has had an illustrious career in Italy and the United States. In Italy, Mr. Manetti was a Police Captain/Commander for the Italy State Police in Rome/Florence Italy. He oversaw the security for Florence International Airport, major sporting venues and led investigations among other things. Moreover, he specializes in organized crime, terrorism and drug enforcement. Since moving to the United States, Mr. Manetti has held several positions in risk management such as College Football Hall of Fame, Prada U.S.A and Sofitel Chicago. In addition to his many successes, he also serves as a member of the FBI Infragard, ASIS International, and the Chicago Special Agents Association among others. Mr. Manetti brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Swissotel Chicago.

Mr. Manetti can be contacted at 312-268-8110 or maurizio.manetti@swissotel.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.