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Mr. Ruggiero

Anders Ruggiero

President, Clefs d'Or Denmark

Anders Ruggiero is 35 years of age, based and living in Copenhagen. He has been married for 7 years and just received the biggest present of his life with his first-born child on August 14. Mr. Ruggiero has worked at two of the largest hotel properties in Copenhagen. He started his career as a Concierge more than 7 years ago, at Scandic Copenhagen, part of the Scandinavian hotel chain Scandic. There he learned the Concierge profession from some of the best concierges in Copenhagen. Last year Mr. Ruggiero started at the Tivoli Hotel & Congress Center, a part of Arp-Hansen Hotel Group, the largest hotel group in Copenhagen. The Tivoli has 400 rooms and room for more than 4000 congress guests. The hotel opened in August 2010 and links to the world famous Tivoli Gardens. At Tivoli Hotel & Congress Center Mr. Ruggiero had the challenge of opening the Concierge Desk. He has been working as Hotel Concierge and Chef Concierge for more than 7 years. Mr. Ruggiero became a member of UICH Les Clefs d'Or and became an International member in 2008. Since January 2012 he has been the President of the Danish Section. With passion, humbleness and great dedication towards his profession, Mr. Ruggiero sees possibilities in everything, not challenges.

Mr. Ruggiero can be contacted at 45-4487-0000 or president@concierge.dk

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.