Andrea Gori

Computer Sommelier
Sommelier, innkeeper, journalist (for Business People), writer, God Save the Wine event organizer and blogger, he is one of the twenty most influential figures on the web regarding to wine. He has a Degree in Biology, but discovered technology and information technology much earlier, while he only discovered wine as a “grownup”,…

Laura Scaramella

Investment Director in INVITALIA Ventures
Laura has extensive experience in private equity and venture capital, with a specialisation in digital media.
She obtained an MBA from the London Business School and previously worked with DN Capital, Ibis Capital and Earlybird.

Mariagrazia Falcone

Press Office and Public Relations Director of the Israeli National Tourist Board
In 1997, she obtained a Degree in Classical Literature, specialising in Oriental Studies, from the University of Milan, followed by a Master’s Degree in "Expert in Archaeological Tourism” in 1998 and a three-year Diploma in Jewish Language and Culture in 1999.

Caterina Manzi

AirBnB Italy Experiences Territory Manager
At Airbnb since 2011, she has worked for years on Community Management and Engagement Strategies in the Airbnb Homes sector.
In 2016 she was in charge of the Airbnb Experiences launch in Italy, and since then she has been leading the growth of Airbnb’s experiential sector in this territory….

Giuliana Ganzini

Hotelier in Udine
She is directly engaged in managing a decidedly feminine hotel.
She manages the hotel in connection with the destination accommodation system, to create integrated offers.
She is actively engaged in the construction of local tourism chains in a destination with a strong business vocation that does not yet recognize the great…

Luis Cartin

Communications Manager OmnitechIT, gruppo Engineering

Barbara Antonucci

Director of the Master’s Course in Tourism and Intercultural Communication Languages at the Roma Tre University
Barbara Antonucci is a Professor of English Language at the University of Roma Tre, Department of Foreign Languages, Literature and Culture.
She teaches courses in translation and her main research interests and related publications include English varieties in…

Gualtiero Carraro

Owner & Founder Carraro LAB
Digital entrepreneur, founder and partner of several innovative start-up companies.
10 international awards for digital works and platforms.
Inventor of several innovative virtual reality and augmented reality solutions, including the first version of Street View (2006) and the first VR tablet APP, presented by Steve Jobs (2011).
Speaker at…

Elisa Morsicani

CEO Italian Lifestyle
Elisa Morsicani is an entrepreneur who returned to Italy after 10 years of study and work in Germany, India, Argentina, the United Kingdom and Belgium.
With a desire to enhance Italy’s material and immaterial heritage, making it available to Chinese visitors in Italy, Elisa founded and is CEO of Italian lifestyle…

Luca De Giorgi

Operational Director of Allegroitalia Hotel & Condo
He studied and obtained a Degree in Business Economics at the University of Cagliari, followed by a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the LUISS University.
He began his career at Antoitalia Hospitality and, after less than a year, became Cluster Revenue Manager at AllegroItalia Hotels &…

Francesca Bazzi

Business Advisor and external relations manager at Netcomm
She is an expert in business strategy and, since 2014, she has been involved in Netcomm’s development of research on the e-commerce market and economic analysis in support the digital transformation of businesses.
She worked in business consultancy for five years, carrying out market analyses, business…

Davide Maggi

Founder & CEO Nimai
After a few years of traditional communication at Burson Marsteller (Young&Rubicam group), he participated in the Digital Magics start-up company, the first digital company in Italy.
He then won the best holistic campaign award for the launch of High School Musical in Italy and founded the digital media company Hibo,…

Anna Olivucci

Person responsible for the Marche Film Commission
She obtained a Degree in philosophy and has been the head of the Marche Film Commission since 2008. She is former Vice-President of the Italian Film Commission (2012-2014) and is a member of the scientific committee of the International Film Festival – Location Placement and Film Tourism…

Sandro Angelini

President of Piceni Art for Job
The Art for Job Consortium was created in the Marche region by the union of designers and artisans in the artistic sector.
A solid and recognisable entity that represents the region’s creative design and high-quality manufacturing, promoting and exporting products in a coordinated and efficient way.
Three fundamental…

Silvia Burzagli

Dirigente responsabile del settore promozione economica e turistica della Regione Toscana

Giovanni Pugliese

Founder witAPP
He obtained a Degree in Economics and Commerce at the University of Modena. He then obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Management and Strategy at the Il Sole 24 Ore business school and frequented a Master’s Degree in Project Management at GE.MA in Rome.
Creator of the WITAPP project, he has many…

Niccolò Zanchi

CEO Gotto Wine Tour
After obtaining his high school diploma in classical studies at the Liceo Classico Enea Silvio Piccolomini in Siena and a Degree at Cambridge University, Niccolò worked in London for years before returning to his home town, where he created, along with the co-founders, the brothers Vanni and Cristiano, this ambitious…

Patrik Romano

Managing Director Bologna Welcome
In 2010, he entered Bologna Welcome with over 15 years of experience in marketing, communication and promotion in the meeting sector.
He was involved in the development and implementation of tourism promotion strategies.
Patrik is now focused on creating digital strategies and on social tourism.

Emmanuele Curti

Project manager Scuole e patrimonio Fondazione di partecipazione Matera-Basilicata 2019
Emmanuele Curti, archaeologist and cultural manager. After his education in Perugia, he went to London, where he taught at University and Birkbeck College, from 1992 to 2003, and later on at the University of Basilicata until 2015.
He worked for years on acculturation processes…

Tommaso Goisis

Strategic Partnerships, Airbnb Italia
From 2013 to 2018, Tommaso Goisis was policy maker in two departments of the Municipality of Milan and contract professor in Public Governance at the Bocconi University. He is responsible for strategic partnerships for Airbnb Italia.

Camilla Carrega Bertolini

Property Owner & Chief Operating Officer Volognano
Camilla is a rare example of winemaker involved in all stages of winemaking – planting, harvesting, blending, label designing, marketing: commitment without compromise to the quality and uniqueness of her family winery.
Her philosophy: “wine is my past, my present, and my future.”
A graduate of the…

Letizia Sebregondi

Founder Gr@pes
Gr@pes was created out of the will and the know-how of Letizia Sebregondi, who has been working with passion in the international wine sector for years.
After obtaining a Degree in Economics and Marketing, she entered the world of wine as Export Manager for Castello del Terriccio.
Thanks to this collaboration, she…

Franco Laico

Franco Grasso Revenue Team
Companion in a thousand professional and non-professional adventures and right-hand man – sometimes even the left-hand – to Franco Grasso.
He was hotel manager and managed others, experiences that gave him a complete view of this sector. His parents are hoteliers and hence he grew up in hotels. He has…

Luca Martinazzoli

Head of Metropolitan Marketing Department of the Milan Municipal Authority
Born in 1980, he obtained a Degree in Economics and Management for Art, Culture and Communication at the Bocconi University in Milan in 2004 and, for two years, he successfully followed the Master’s Course in Urban Planning at the University of California (UCLA) in…

Lorenzo Asuni

Head of Marketing&Sales Enuan
He obtained a Degree in Management between Cagliari and Madrid. Enuan AI Marketing & Sales Manager specialising in Customer Support. Marketing Specialist with 8+ years of experience in the digital field.
Passionate about Technology and Start-up companies, in the past he was Country Manager Italy of AirHelp (Top100 Start-Ups 2016)…

Andrea Giancarli

He was born on 25 September, 1985 in San Benedetto del Tronto (AP) and resides in Acquaviva Picena.
He obtained a first level academic diploma from the Macerata Academy of Fine Arts. He attended the Immagina cinema school in Florence (course in film direction).
He currently produces corporate videos, advertising commercials, video clips…

Fabio Curzi

Marketing and Communication Manager for "Non Voglio Mica La Luna” (I’m not asking for the Moon)
He lives in Grottammare and was born in 1973 in San Benedetto del Tronto, in the province of Ascoli Piceno.
After obtaining his high school diploma in classical studies, he got a degree in Modern Literature and obtained…

Alfredo Bruni

Coordinator of the FactorYmpresa Turismo INVITALIA project | The Development Agency
Alfredo has over 20 years of experience in business creation.
An expert in business plan assessment and facilitated finance, he was involved in the design and launch of numerous incentive measures for entrepreneurship and innovation. At INVITALIA, the Development Agency, he was Product…

Marco Cocciarini

CMarche Territorial Representative at Tourism Start-up Association
Entrepreneur, consultant and trainer in the field of tour operating.
He is the owner of a tour operator specialized in vertical tourism specifications (cultural, transportation, sports).
Project manager for European tourism promotion projects and consultant and trainer for various private Italian companies and public bodies for activities…

Alenka Soršak

Regional Destination Organisation Coordinator Ljubljana Tourism
Workin in tourism sector fo 12 years. Before Ljubljana Tourism she workd in Local tourist Board Kamnik and she is still a part of local tourism NGO.
At Ljubljana Tourism is working in Tourism development sector as regional destination organization coordinator of Central Slovenia region. She coordinates and…

Sergio Lombardi

Chartered accountant
Sergio Lombardi specialises in regulations on non-hotel structures (Holiday Homes – Bed & Breakfasts (B&B) – Guest Houses – Religious Holiday Homes) and in all aspects of Tourist Leases: Authorizations, Sanctions, Taxation.
He is responsible throughout Italy for defending and protecting owners, small operators of non-hotel accommodation facilities and tourist leases and…

Domenico Palladino

Editor in chief Webitmag | Web in travel magazine
Digital project manager and consultant in social media marketing in the tourism, food & wine, events and publishing sectors. A journalist with a passion for innovation and technology.
He is the author of the first volume in the series dedicated to digital communication for the…

Maria Chiara Ferrarese

Deputy Director of CSQA Certifications
She obtained a degree in Biological Sciences in Padua, after an experience in a food industry.
Since 1999, she has been working at CSQA Certificazioni Srl, a leading Italian certification agency specialised in the agri-food sector. Her role is currently that of deputy director.

Febo Leondini

Administrator of Italgrop
Febo Leondini was born in Verona in 1964, after obtaining his high school diploma in classical studies and studying Business Economics at the Cà Foscari University of Venice, he attended several courses at the SDA (Bocconi University Business Management School).
After entering as a member of the Italgrob Board, in the…

Mattia Grattieri

Winemaker at the Cantina Sociale (Cooperative Winery) Bergamasca in San Paolo d’Argon
Mattia Grattieri is the young winemaker at the Cantina Sociale Bergamasca. He is 28 years old and obtained a degree at the San Michele all’Adige Institute. He has gained experience at Cà del Bosco and in New Zealand for the Sauvignon Blanc…

Almir Ambeskovic

Board TheFork
Already at the helm of TheFork in Italy, Sweden and Denmark and Holland, Ambeskovic now also manages France, Switzerland and Belgium, thus becoming part of the board of the company controlled by TripAdvisor.
Born in Sarajevo in 1977, Ambeskovic started as Country Manager of TheFork in Italy in 2015, following TripAdvisor’s acquisition…

Roberto Necci

President of Federalberghi Research Centre in Rome | Chairman of Necci Hotels
Vice President of Federalberghi in Rome, Past President Ada Lazio Hotel Managers’ Association, Past President of SKAL International Rome.
Hotel entrepreneur and manager, expert in corporate restructuring with an aptitude in the analysis and management of critical management, financial, legal, commercial and…

Roberto Vitali

Founder V4A | Village for all
Roberto Vitali, from Ferrara, is fifty-seven years old and has a wife and two children. He is a member of the Emilia Romagna publicists association.
He was involved in a car accident in January 1976, when he was 15, that left him paraplegic.
Since then, he has embarked…

Flavia Coccia

Project Manager at IS.NA.R.T. S.c.p.A. – National Tourism Research Institute
Scientific Board of BTO Educational

SShe is married and has a daughter.
Until April 2012 she held the position of Operations Director at ISNART, National Institute of Tourism Research, where she returned at the beginning of 2016 after a period as Head of…

Giuliana Basso

President of the Bibione Live Tourism Promotion Consortium
Giuliana has been President of the Bibione Live Tourism Promotion Consortium since March 2017 and she is the owner of the four-star Hotel Luna in Bibione.

Ilaria Legato

Brand and communication designer for hospitality
Ilaria Legato has been involved in Communication Design for the world of hospitality and training for about twenty years: she is a Professor of Design Methodology at the IED in Rome and coordinates the Master’s Course in Brand Design Management for the world of Food, Wine and Tourism…

Pierluigi Fontanesi

Founder studioBASE2
Born in Milan in 1975, he obtained an Honours Degree in Computer Science at the Department of Information Technologies of Crema – University of Milan, where he held the position of founder and head of the “Von Neumann” laboratory at the request of Prof. Gianni Degli Antoni, his mentor.
In 2003, he…

Amanda Booker

Global Director of Operations TripAdvisor Restaurants
Amanda has an extensive background in strategic operations and management.
She has worked for many different multinational companies in leadership positions in diverse sectors before finding her true calling in the vast world of “the internet”.
Amanda has dedicated the last 13 years in developing her expertise in…

Martin Verdon-Roe

Global Vice President of Display Sales for TripAdvisor
He joined TripAdvisor in 2007.
His focus is to develop and lead the strategy of the expanding +200 global team who are now located in +15 countries.
His vision for the display business is to create great advertising campaigns that are able to leverage TripAdvisor’s content…

Alberto Sabatini

Owner Enoteca Wine Bar L’Etrusco in Trieste
Alberto Sabatini, a Florentine "DOC" from the family of restaurateurs of the same name, after a long experience at the "Duchi" had entered the fast food sector, in the best meaning of the term, almost on tiptoes.
Finding himself managing a wine bar, “L’Etrusco” in Via Crosada,…

Marina Pasquini

Owner Belvedere Hotel, Riccione
Alright: there is the sea, a large kitchen and scrupulous care and attention to the well-being of the family.
However, the real secret that allowed the Belvedere Hotel in Riccione to take first place for the best service in Italy and in Europe and sixth place in the world in…

Daniel Makay

Public Affairs Manager Hotrec | Hotels, Restaurants, Bars & Cafés in Europe
Experienced European affairs advisor. Work experience at different dimensions of EU policy making.
Following several EU policies and legislation on a daily basis.

Alessio Costantini

Costantini Avvocati
Founded by the lawyer Alessio Costantini – Registered with the Law Society of Rome – ever since its foundation the firm has directed its activities to assistance and consultancy services – extra-judicial and in litigation – to national and international companies.
Their lawyers are able to follow the Customer in daily assistance…

Federico Lucarelli

Studio Legale Lucarelli
He is the senior lawyer of a law firm that carries his surname. Among other tasks, he is head of the legal service of FIAVET, the Italian Federation of Travel and Tourism Business Associations.

Silvana Durante

Studio Legale Silvana Durante
She is a civil lawyer specialized in tourism legislation, commercial-corporate law, labour law, bank and bankruptcy law, insurance law, rights of the individual, inheritance and donations and she is the Legal Advisor for ASTOI Confindustria Viaggi.
For over twenty years, the lawyer, Ms Durante, has been with Tourism Law as…

Antonio Vezzoso

Marketing Representative Internationale Bodensee Tourismus GmbH (IBT)
The IBT GmbH (Lake Constance International Tourist Board) is the international organization that groups together the tourism bodies of the Lake Constance International Region for the positioning of the Bodensee macro-region, between Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Principality of Liechtenstein.
Partners, members and clients of the IBT…

Lorenzo Cantoni

Full Professor at USI – Università della Svizzera italiana (University of Italian Switzerland)
Lorenzo Cantoni has a degree in Philosophy and a PhD in education.
He is a full professor at USI – Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland), Faculty of Communication Sciences, where he is director of the Institute of Digital Technologies for…

Mark Scodie

Senior Corporate Counsel EMEA TripAdvisor

Fabrizio Malagnino

Magistrate at the Courthouse of Lecce
Fabizio Malagnino is a magistrate working at the Courthouse of Lecce with the functions of Criminal judge in the hearings, enforcement and preventive measures section.
MHe is the author of publications on gambling crimes for the Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane publishers and on the subject of criminal profiles of…

Rosaria Garozzo

Direzione Generale per la Tutela del Consumatore | Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato

Valerio Massimo Visintin

The Masked Gourmet
If they interview him, he shows up with the black mask and never takes it off.
Valerio Massimo Visentin, esteemed and feared food critic of the Corriere della Sera, adopted this guise in 2009 and it still works: no one knows what he looks like and, therefore, he can continue to…

Andrea Fontana

Sommelier Trattoria Il Gabbiano
The sommelier, Andrea Fontana, a student at the Luigi Veronelli permanent seminar, is a professional wine taster, coordinator of Lombardia per Slow Wine, the Slow Food wine guide, and lecturer and speaker at wine-tasting courses and wine-tasting evenings.
He works at the Trattoria Il Gabbiano – Corte de ‘Cortesi in…

Fausto Arrighi

Food and Wine Critic
67 years old, of which more than half spent at restaurants and hotels, first collaborating and then managing the Michelin guide, which he left in 2012.
Fausto Arrighi has always linked to the legendary ‘Red’ guide and began professional career at Michelin in 1977 as an inspector, a position he…

Guillaume De Roquefeuil

Founder & CEO EuroPass
Founder & CEO of EuroPass wechat e-Tourism and mobile Payment platform, dedicated to Chinese individual travellers to Europe.
Former Co-Founder and Board Member of, unique & innovative Social Media recruiting platform in China.
Over 15 years in Consulting, with several entrepreneurial experiences in Europe and Asia: Marketplace, B2B SaaS,…

Kevin King

Chief Operating Officer Shiji Group
Mr. Kevin King has worked as the Chief Operating Officer of Beijing Shiji Information Technology Co. Ltd since 30th June, 2015.
Mr. King focuses on the domestic management and growth of Shiji and oversees the globalization of the company.
Prior to joining Shiji, Mr. King worked with the leading…

Andrea Daniele Signorelli

Contributor Wired
Bborn in Milan in 1982, journalist.
He writes about new technologies, politics and society.
He is the editor and author of “Le Macchine Volanti” (The Flying Machines) and is a freelance collaborator for La Stampa, Wired, Il Tascabile, Pagina99, Esquire Italia, Motherboard (VICE), cheFare and others.
In 2017, he published "Rivoluzione Artificiale:…

David Rutnam

Manager Industry Distribution Programs Adoption International Air Transport Association | IATA
David Rutnam is the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Manager New Distribution Capability Regional Implementation.
He is responsible for managing the implementation of New Distribution Capability (NDC) in Europe, Middle East, Africa and the CIS countries.
David has almost 35 years of experience…

Antonio Pavolini

Author of Oltre il Rumore – Perché non dobbiamo farci raccontare internet dai giornali e dalla TV (Beyond the Noise – Why we must not let ourselves be told about the Internet by the newspapers and the TV)
Antonio Pavolini was one of the first Italian podcasters and bloggers and he has been engaged…

Giuseppe Castronovo

Founder & CEO StreetEat
Forty years old and Sicilian with a multi-faceted education, ranging from marketing studies at Polimoda to the globe trotter activity that took him to Florence, Rome, Australia and finally to Milan, where he stopped still and turned all of his experiences into a job, that of a start-upper.
Entrepreneur 2.0…

Michela Valentini

Director of Marketing ApT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
Michela Valentini was born and lived in Tione. She obtained a degree in Economic Science and, since 1996, she has been CEO of «SL&A turismo e territorio», a consulting company specialized in tourism, environment and local economies.
She was co-founder of the tour operator…

Matteo Gozzoli

Mayor of Cesenatico
In 2005, he graduated from Scientific High School Diploma at the Liceo Enzo Ferrari High School in Cesenatico, where he also held the role of student representative.
During his years of study he always worked with his parents in the family hotel and then also in some businesses in Cesenatico.

Eugenio Giovanardi

Founder Emotion Bike
With more than 3 years of activity, Eugenio Giovanardi has collected over 150 hotels around Italy (also in Dubai since 2016) and over 400 commercial activities. He has also been honoured as one of the 10 best photographers in Italy.
He obtained a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering, a travel enthusiast…

Carlo Bianchi

Founder Wearit
Wearit is an Internet-of-Things company that creates intelligent products and services for the Sports industry. His first project was UPSKI, with the development of technology for an “intelligent” ski boot, capable of analysing qualitative data, instead of just quantitative data, relative to skiing. Carlo Bianchi is a “full-stack” Venture Developer, with a…

Tommaso Peduzzi

Country Manager Italy TrekkSoft
Tommaso Peduzzi is Managing Director for TrekkSoft in Italy and experienced Business Consultant for in-destination tour & activity operators and DMCs. He acquired in-depth expertise working with tech-oriented companies and gained experience in reservation system solutions and distribution channels. Providing the sharpest tools and business strategies he contributes to a…

Mirko Lalli

Founder e CEO di Travel Appeal
He has been working in the field of marketing and digital innovation for 15 years, as a consultant and educator.
He was Director of Corporate Communication at Clouditalia SpA and first Director of Marketing and Communication at Fondazione Sistema Toscana, where he created and coordinated the “ToscanaLab” projects…

Marco Benincasa

Regional Director Italy France and Iberia Sabre Travel Network
Benincasa is in charge of the promotion and strategic growth of Sabre in Italy, France and Spain.
He went to Sabre after working with eNett, an electronic payment systems provider for the travel industry, holding the role of area director for Southern Europe.

Davide Rosi

Managing Director of BCD Travel Italia
He has been at BCD Travel Italia since 2003, with an Italian turnover of 365 million euro (2018 figure compared to 330 million in 2017) and 25.7 billion dollars (figure updated in 2017) at a global level. Davide Rosi began his experience in the travel sector in 1998…

Matteo Sarzana

General Manager Italy Deliveroo
Citizen of the world, a tireless traveller, a lover of communication, creative and a team player: this is how Matteo Sarzana defines himself.
He obtained Degree in Communication at the IULM in Milan and is currently the Italian leader of the largest food delivery and logistics group in the world,…

Furio Gianforme

Industry Head, Travel Google
After obtaining a Degree in Economics and specializing in Business Administration at the University of Bologna, Furio Gianforme began his professional career in the world of strategy consulting and then moved to Google’s European HQ in Dublin in 2009.
In 2014, he returned to Google’s Italian headquarters as part of…

Giacomo Pini

Founder and CEO gp.studios
With over twenty years of experience in the field, he is an expert in Tourism and Catering and a consultant for numerous hotels and national and international hotel chains.
He is an educator with over 12,000 hours in the classroom. He conducts his activities all over Italy and collaborates with…

Patrizia Asproni

Presidente Confcultura
Patrizia Asproni è una esperta di politiche culturali e Musei.
Si occupa da sempre di management culturale e di industrie creative.
Tra i suoi incarichi: Presidente Confcultura, Presidente Fondazione Industria e Cultura, Delegato Cultura Comitato Direttivo Confindustria Servizi Innovativi e Tecnologici; Chairman Piattaforma Tecnologica Europea per i Beni Culturali, membro dell’Advisory board…

Marc Sampietro

Regional Operations Director Southern Europe – The Student Hotels Group
He follows all the TSH group’s projects in southern Europe where it operates today with 2 facilities in Barcelona, 1 in Florence and 1 in Paris.
To date, the group has 11 hotels open, quickly turning into the largest hybrid model solution in Europe…

Pietro Candela

Head of Business Development in Italy, Alipay

Pietro is head of the Business Development in Italy at Alipay, operated by Ant Financial Services.
Before Alipay, Pietro was Partner at EY within the EMEIA Advisory Center, focusing on innovation and digital growth strategies with large customers. Pietro was also Partner at Booz &…

Roberto Grassi

Industry leader Italia, Amazon Pay
Roberto Grassi is currently working as an Industry Lead for Amazon Pay covering the Italian market.
In this role, he helps companies with structured e-commerce platforms to increase their check-out conversion by offering the best user experience available.
Before holding this position, Roberto worked for the eBay Inc group…

Alessandro Sanino

CTO & Co-founder The Tryvium Company
He is a researcher at the University of Turin and CTO and founder of Tryvium, a start-up company in the field of tourism, which is developing a blockchain-based platform for booking hotels that aims to improve travel experiences and make integration with all modern booking systems easy.

Alessandro Astone

Country Manager Stripe Italia
Extensive international sales leadership experience, developed in the enterprise software, digital advertising industries and fintech.
Expertise in running sales and marketing operations in both Large Multinational environments and for start up’s and new companies; people management strong background developed in different cultural environments; P&L management experience, matured along my entrepreneur…

Matteo Prato

Managing Director Tourism Hub
Matteo performed different roles in communication agencies before becoming co-owner of Adam Integrated Communications – leader in the Italian tourism representation market. The Agency has been successfully sold to AVIAREPS group in 2014.
After performing the Tourism Australia’s Country Manager role for 8 years (2008-2016) Matteo worked two years in…

Giuseppe Mangia

Hospitality Manager
Giuseppe was general manager of The Yard and The Doping Club in Milan from 2015 to July 2018.
He was previously Resident Manager of Toscana Resort Castelfalfi, where he supervised the opening of the Hotel ***** Il Castelfalfi TUI BLUE SELECTION and General Manager of Finca The Yard Ibiza, Santa Gertrudis de…

Costanza Giovannini

Communications Manager at Fondazione Sistema Toscana
She is an expert in digital marketing, planning and communication for events and complex projects and she has been dealing with social media ever since they first appeared, both for work and for passion.
He is Project Leader of, as well as coordinating communication activities for the…

Sara Porro

Food Writer
Milan-born, Milan-lover She is a food writer focused on the economic crisis and she deals with high-end cuisine and supermarket snacks with identical enthusiasm.
She has been writing since 2010, above all about food, but also about travel and a third category that could be defined as “habits” or even “about my…

Tommaso Mazzanti

Owner of All’Antico Vivaio in Florence
Tommaso is a typical neighbourhood boy like many others, but he became a real personality in Florence, even among the VIPs and, above all, a reference point for those who want to go to the “vinaini” (small wine-selling stands). In fact, he started with a simple little “vinaino”…

Vatinee Suvimol

Lawyer and Food & Travel Blogger
Thai by birth and Italian by adoption, after frequenting international schools, she arrived in Italy and, in 2006, she obtained a Law Degree at the University of Milan.
From 2012-2018, she was national councillor at the Italian National Forensic Association (the first female doctor to be national councillor…

Carlo Meo

CEO of M&T
Carlo Meo is CEO of Marketing and Trade, a consultancy company focused on consumer behaviour and retail design, which he co-founded in 1993 when he was 27 years old.
He is one of the leading international experts on consumer behaviour and on the conceptualisation of purchase sites.
He is a promoter…

Andrea Cruciani

CEO & Founder TeamDev
International business developer with experience in software architecture, smart cities and smart farming, elected as member of Fiware Foundation Board of Directors.
His main competence areas are multidevice applications Development, Enterprise Architectures, Cloud Computing and GIS.
He is an expert in Innovative Startup Evolution and scaleup.
During years Andrea worked…

Nicola Trentin

UX & Neuromarketing Researcher NeuroWebDesign
Between 2015 and 2016 he frequented a Master’s course in Economics and Tourism Management at CISET (International Centre for Tourism Economics) during which he discovered the world of NEUROMARKETING and that of USER EXPERIENCE. He still works with EYE TRACKING and EEG technologies.
Previously, he had obtained a Degree…

Andrea Cusumano

Councillor for activities and heritage of the City of Palermo, Italian capital of culture 2018
Andrea Cusumano was born on 14 January 1973. He is an academic, film director, playwright, painter, sculptor, performer, orchestra conductor and set designer. His research, which is very heterogeneous and crosses the borders between various disciplines, ranges from formal…

Adele Magnelli

International Project Manager ETT S.p.A.
She was born in Cosenza on 04/01/1981 and, in 2005, she obtained a Degree in Communication Sciences (specialised in Institutional and Business Communication) at the La Sapienza University in Rome, while in 2006 she acquired a Master’s Degree in Human Resources.
She began her career in 2007, dealing mainly…

Wilma Vanni

Sales Director ReviwPro
Wilma is Sales Director at ReviewPro, the leading provider of Guest Intelligence solutions for the hospitality industry. She is responsible for developing the sales growth of the company’s solutions in Italy, Malta, Scandinavia and Netherlands.
With more than 15 years experience working in the fields of tourism and marketing, Wilma is…

Sebastian Frankenberger

Official travel guide Linz, European Capital of Smart Tourism
Sebastian Frankenberger had been a costumed guide for Stadtfuchstouren in Passau from 2003 to 2010.
In 2006, he became a certified tour guide at the Economic Chamber of Linz. Over the years he has developed his very own interactive educational concept for guiding and 2010…

Anna Borduzha

Business development manager Mabrian
Experienced in marketing and business development in FMCG, Tourism and Lesure I am aware of the importance of the data.
Thanks for the technology today we have tools that provide us with analysis of Big Data and help companies to make better decisions, understand their clients, personalize offers and make…

Chiara Bertoldini

MBA from MIP, the School of Management of the Politecnico di Milano, and MSc in Telecommunication Engineering from Politecnico di Milano.
Always bonded with high-tech industries, she worked in TelCo companies in R&D department first and in the IT division later, both on products and services for over-fibre communication.
An international experience…

Fabio Viola

President of TuoMuseo
At the age of 7, he discovered the power of video games, thanks to a Commodore 64 received as a Christmas gift in 1987.
Since then, he has travelled the world and the galaxies, he has driven through the virtual world more than in real life, he has died and come…

Luca Moschini

Manager Trentino Holidays
He has been working in the tourism industry since 1998, after holding important positions in private companies and in local and central public administration over the years.
He started working in the tourism sector with one of the very first online projects linked to hotel accommodation called “Virtual Hotel”, a project…

Maksim Izmaylov

CEO Winding Tree
Maksim Izmaylov is a serial entrepreneur with the background in software engineering and law. He thinks that blockchain and other technologies can help us create a better world, e.g. reduce inequality.
He founded two travel startups, Roomstorm and Winding Tree, and Travel Tech Con, a conference for startups and software engineers…

Sergio Riolo

Director of Il Cartastorie | Museum of the Banco di Napoli Historical Archives
Educated in the humanities, specialised in art history combined with study programmes focused on museum management, for over fifteen years he has been working on the management and enhancement of cultural heritage, through research activities on the audience of culture and…

Riccardo Napolitano

CEO & Partner arm23
After completing his university career in the field of engineering, Riccardo Napolitano filled various management roles in both national and international telecommunication companies. His professional story subsequently took a commercial twist with important activities in the field of strategic marketing.
Being also well-versed in information systems technologies, his overall set…

Federica Montaguti

A Lecturer at CISET – International Centre of Studies on Tourism Economics | Cà Foscari University
Federica Montaguti entered CISET in 2003. She has 15 years of experience in research, training and consultancy in the tourism sector. She is a member of the board of lecturer of the CISET Ca’ Foscari Master’s course in…

Stefano Ciuoffo

Assessore con delega al Turismo di Regione Toscana
Stefano Ciuoffo, ingegnere, è Assessore alle Attività produttive, credito, commercio e Turismo della Regione Toscana.
Nominato Assessore Urbanistica e Governo del Territorio del Comune di Prato nel 2004 fino al 2009, precedentemente è stato consigliere provinciale di Prato e consigliere comunale di Vernio.
Ha ricoperto l’incarico…

Maria Elena Rossi

Director of Marketing and Promotion a ENIT National Tourism Agency
Until April 2018, Maria Elena directed Piemonte Marketing – DMO Piemonte S.c.r.l, the Piedmont tourist agency, with the task of developing strategic and operational marketing activities in Italy and in the world, in partnership with regional, national and international stakeholders.
From 2010 until mid-2018,…

Maria Mihaylova

Marketing & PR Manager Heineken Experience
With several years of experience in marketing, communications and social media, Maria Mihaylova is now leading the Marketing & PR department of the Heineken Experience, based in Amsterdam.
She is currently responsible for driving the Heineken Experience digital strategy, developing their brand identity, as well as optimizing the…

Serena Giust

UX writer and team leader in technology Booking [dot] com
She obtained a degree in Multimedia Sciences and Technologies and, after her Master’s degree in Digital Economics and Entrepreneurship in H-Farm, Serena decided to rise to the challenge of an international and particularly educational environment like Trivago.
She didn’t stop there and, in fact,…

Stefano Civiero

Co-founder of NeuroWebDesign
NeuroWebDesign is a company that deals with User Experience, Web Usability, CRO & Neuromarketing applied to the digital context.
Through a user-centric work-analysis method (User-Centred-Design) he investigates the browsing behaviour of the consumer while browsing a website or a digital platform.
Thanks to the use of biometric tools (e.g. Eye tracking,…

Alessandro Inversini

Associate Professor of Marketing and Digital Marketing Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland
He is expert in marketing communication, digital communication and digital marketing with extensive academic and industry experience. Alessandro holds a PhD in Communication Science from the Università della Svizzera italiana (2010), and a Master in…

Antonio López de Ávila

Director Corporate Relations Lifestyle & Professor of Innovation Management IE Business School
Mr. Lopez de Avila is the Director of Corporate Relations EMEA APAC, professor of Innovation Management, and Director of the Travel & Tourism Innovation Initiative at IE University.
As a scholar, he focuses on various research areas in the tourism industry, including…

Euro Beinat

Chair in Geoinformatics and Data Science University of Salzburg
Euro Beinat holds an MSc in Computer Science and a PhD in Economics. He has a Chair in Geoinformatics and Data Science at the University of Salzburg in Austria and is Global Lead for AI and Data Science at Naspers Limited.
In the past, he…

Giancarlo Zema

Founder Giancarlo Zema Design Group
Owner of the Giancarlo Zema Design Group (GZDG) architecture practice in Rome, specialized in eco-sustainable projects, innovative semisubmerged architectural structures, marine parks, floating habitats, yacht and interior design.
Founded in 2001 by the architect Giancarlo Zema as a dynamic and flexible organization, it covers the entire design process, from…

Alessandro Massimo Nucara

Director General of Federalberghi
Federalberghi is the federation of Italian hotels and tourism associations. He obtained a degree in Industrial Relations at LUISS.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Interprofessional Foundation for continuous training in the tertiary sector (For.Te.) and of the Tertiary Management Training Centre (TMTC).

Valentina Sumini

Postdoctoral Associate at MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Valentina Sumini is an engineer and architect from Alessandria, who plans the lives of humans on Mars.
The Italian researcher, already a member of MIT in Boston, won the competition organised by NASA, entitled “Mars City Design Competition 2017”, aimed at creating the settlement of the…

Virgilio Maretto

CEO e Co-founder POsti
Born in Avellino in 1972.
Passionate about new technology, he moved to Naples in 1991 to study Electronic Engineering, and between lectures and exams he enjoyed cooking for friends and family.
In 1998 he arrived in Rome, working first as a navy ensign and then as a consultant for Accenture….

Antonello Colonna

Chef, entrepreneur, collector, restaurateur, hotelier, philosopher, poet, inventor, revolutionary, "kitchen anarchist"… these are just some of the definitions used by journalists, food critics, friends or lovers of the Chef’s cuisine.
The truth is that Antonello Colonna, internationally renowned star chef, is very difficult to define.
His cuisine does not deny its peasant origin,…

Carlotta Ferrari

Director of the Destination Florence Convention & Visitors Bureau
Director of the Destination Florence Convention & Visitors Bureau and President of the Convention Bureau Italia, which she founded in 2014.
She developed her experience in the tourism field, specialising in web marketing 2.0 and business growth plans for accommodation facilities, as well as acquiring…

Patrizio Donnini

Founder and CEO of Keesy
Patrizio Donnini is an entrepreneur in the field of communication, and has made every manager’s dream come true: 100% automated check-in!
He is the founder and CEO of Keesy, a tourism startup dedicated to the non-hotel hospitality sector.

Stefano Bettanin

President Property Manager Italia

My name is Stefano Bettanin, I am the CEO and Funder of Rentopolis.
After being quilified as a lawyer in Italy and in UK, and practising for almost ten years as business lawyer, also in US, I decided to change my life and becaume an entreprenoul.
I founded…

Alberto Dal Sasso

Managing Director TAM Adintel Nielsen
Alberto has over 20 years’ experience in Nielsen in different roles.
After starting his career in the Havas group, he joined Nielsen where he worked for years in Nielsen Media Research as Sales and Marketing Director for Italy and then as Managing Director for Italy.
In 2015 he was…

Luca De Giglio

Founder TripsCommunity
In 2001 Luca had an idea and created a site that proved to be a precursor of Airbnb. Thanks to this online work, Luca travels all year round, also becoming one of the first Italian digital nomads.
In 2009 he founded Adormo, which immediately became obsolete due to the arrival of major…

Gualberto Scaletta

Country General Manager Italy HomeAway
He is responsible for overseeing and implementing the group’s business in Italy.
Before taking on this role, he was also Sales Team Manager at HomeAway, managing the performance and productivity of the Italian sales team.
Before joining HomeAway he worked for as Rome city manager, taking care of…

Ralph A. Riffeser

CEO & General Manager Cavallino Bianco Family Spa Grand Hotel
More than just a hotelier, Ralph Riffeser is a philosopher of hospitality.
By placing the importance of relationships at the heart of the services offered by the Cavallino Bianco di Ortisei – of which he is CEO and General Manager – he was able…

Stefano Mereu

Chief Commercial Officer Human Company
After graduating in economics from La Sapienza University in Rome, Mereu began his professional career in the infrastructure sector in 1999, becoming responsible for the commercial development of Aeroporti di Roma, the company that manages the two airports in the capital, overseeing a radical change in the commercial and…

Antonio Perdichizzi

CEO & Founder tree
Antonio is the CEO and founder of Tree, the company that helps people, start-ups and corporations to make innovation possible through open innovation and education programs.
He is president of Junior Achievement Italia, the largest non-profit organisation in the world dedicated to entrepreneurship education for middle and high school students….

Arvind Sanjeev

Interaction designer and engineer
Arvind Sanjeev is an interaction designer and engineer who also occasionally takes on the lenses of an artist and a futurist. He is originally from Kerala, India and currently based in Sweden.
He is described as being a serial innovator at several platforms and was also awarded as the "Most…

Marta Cotarella

Director and Co-founder of Intrecci
Marta was born in Orvieto in 1980, to Renzo and Angela Cotarella. After graduating from high school with a major in science, she graduated in Economics and Commerce from the University of Florence. She began her professional career in the world of auditing at Ernst&Young Florence and, after enrolling…

Lucia Galasso

Nutrition anthropologist
A graduate in Cultural Anthropology, she is the National Secretary of Antrocom Onlus, an association for anthropological research and dissemination. She has been the scientific director of the Museo della Civiltà Contadina e dell’Ulivo in Pastena (FR). She specialises in the study of cultural evolution, food anthropology and the history of religion….

Sonia Massari

Gustolab International Food Systems and Sustainability Director
Sonia Massari is the Academic Director of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Food Studies Program, Director of Gustolab International Institute for Food Studies and scientific advisor to the Fondazione Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition.
In 2012 she won the international "Le Tecnovisionarie WomenTech: Women Innovation" award…

Edoardo Caldari

CEO of HotelPro360
Enrico graduated with honours in Tourism Economics from "Cà Foscari University" of Venice, with a thesis on "Comparing Forecasting Models for Revenue Management".
He is currently CEO of HotelPro360 and Hotel Manager at Relais Empire and International Europe Hotel.

Alessandro Bartolucci

CEO & Founder
Hotelier since 2006, he is passionate about his profession and the world of hospitality and has placed innovation at the heart of shared business objectives.
He set up Besafe Rate with the goal of finding a one-stop solution to the needs of hoteliers and guests for problems related to non-refundable…

Jérôme Pichonnier

Chief of the Office of Tourist Destinations, Tourism Branch – Enterprise Branch – Ministry of Economy and Finance France

Marco Gaudina

CEO & Founder Circle Garage
Technology enthusiast with a demonstrated history of working in the industrial automation industry with a strong interest in research and new technologies.
Strong entrepreneurship professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focused in Human Computer Interaction, Virtual Reality, Robotics from Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT).

Enrico De Santis

Enrico is a professional freelance photographer from Rome, with a degree in Law, who collaborates with several newspapers and magazines, including Viaggi del Sole 24. He has exhibited his photographs in various personal photographic exhibitions in Italy and abroad.
A multifaceted artist, he specialises in nature photography as well as socio-cultural reportage, taking…

Francesca Sanzo

Copywriter, storytelling expert and trainer
Francesca was born in 1973, and started writing in 1980. She stopped in 1994 and resumed when she discovered the web, fell in love with it and decided that she would like to work with online content.
She is a book author, works with editorial publications, companies, people and…

Federico Amato

Founder Efficere, ensuring that. Milan
Federico has been creating communication and marketing projects for over twenty years, mainly in the field of tourism and culture, integrating traditional channels with new media using a made-to-measure approach and with a specific vocation for storytelling.
He has been a lecturer at the Iulm University in Milan for…

Andrew Aley

Regional Director for EMEA TripAdvisor Experiences
Andrew is responsible for optimizing and on-boarding experiences supply in the EMEA region.
Leading the team of account managers and acquisition specialists to work with Tours and activities providers in the region.
Setting expansion strategy and ensuring execution according to company OKR’s. Measuring and monitoring performance using in…

Vincenzo Cosenza

Buzzoole Head of Marketing for Italy
Vincenzo Cosenza has long-running experience in the marketing & communications sector matured in technological multinationals and communication agencies, and he is currently responsible for leading the marketing area of Buzzoole in Italy.
He took up this position at the end of May 2018, after directing Blogmeter’s Rome office…

Andrea Favarato

VP for Southern Europe at Quandoo
Andrea Favarato was born in Milan in 1977. He graduated with a Classical High School diploma and then obtained a Law Degree, after which he immediately entered the business world with initial experience in the world of finance, human resources and digital advertising.
From 2010 to 2013: Vice…

Sofia Gioia Vedani

Architect and CEO of Planetaria Hotels
The first woman to have become president of the Hoteliers Association of Confcommercio Milan, Lodi, Monza and Brianza for the next five years.
Her entrepreneurial experience becomes complete with her involvement in the design and in the plans for the conservative recovery of hotel complexes and with the…

Peter Palicz

Director of KViHotel Budapest & commercial director of TMRW Kft
KViHotel in Budapest is the first European hotel controllable using a smartphone application, developed in Hungary.
In the four-star hotel, which has forty rooms and is paperless, guests can do everything on their own by using the application, without any queuing, from booking to…

Steve Lee

Founder and lead designer at Aprilli Design Studio
Steve is mostly focusing on architectural design projects and interactive art installations. He is a licensed architect in California and Ontario with 8+ years of working experience in Seoul, New York and Los Angeles prior to opening Aprilli Design Studio.
As principal in charge, he focuses…

Francesco Morandi

Full professor of Tourism and Navigation and Transport Law, at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Sassari
He was born in 1964 and is President of the Degree Course in Tourism Economics and Management – University Centre of Olbia.
He was Vice-Rector for Regulatory Innovation, Legal Affairs and Transparency at the University…

Gianluca Rossoni

Lawyer at TourismLaw | Lawyers for Tourism Law
He is a lawyer (since 2002), a professor of tourism law at the University of Bergamo and an expert in the EU IPA project in Bosnia Herzegovina for legal assistance in the tourism industry. He has been acknowledged as a legal aid at the Court of…

Sabrina Pesarini

Head of Digital Marketing at Trentino Marketing
Sabrina is a recognized expert in Digital Marketing and digital transformation.
With over 15 years of experience in DMOs, OTAs and consulting firms in Italy and abroad.
She is also a Neuroscience enthusiast with a specialization from the IL3-UB in neuromarketing and Goal Mapping Practitioner.

Luca D’Angelo

Director of the Dolomiti Paganella Tourist Board
Luca D’Angelo is the coordinator of the Dolomiti Paganella Bike project. He has been working in research and consulting at the TSM – Trentino School of Management, particularly on the topics of sport tourism and marketing and branding destination.
He was Director of the Trento and Valsugana…

Charlie Cadbury

CEO at Say it now
Charles Cadbury started working in voice with global Travel and Hospitality brands in early 2016, quickly learning the innovation was in ‘Natural Language Processing’ rather than just voice.
He co-founded the global first Alexa based concierge in a Marriott Hotel in December 2016 and now an assistant for…

Osvaldo Mauro

AI Director & Co-founder AdsHotel
Osvaldo Mauro is Artificial Intelligence director at the AdsHotel start-up.
He started using machine learning in 2015 at Bôtelier, in the hospitality advertising sector.
Before that, he launched and sold two more travel-tech start-ups, and has been executive manager in online travel agencies since 1999 (Tui, TravelPrice,

Raffaele Calegari

Chief Strategy Officer
I dig the ways innovative technologies can help businesses transform and grow, minimising risks and forecasting the impact of changes and investments.
My experience is a mix of international entrepreneurship and digital transformation consultancy, with a strong focus on data analytics and data driven business intelligence.
With DCG I have…

Giorgio Soffiato

Founder Marketing Arena
He has a Degree in Marketing and Communication and he worked in research for two years at Venice International University before starting consultancy collaborations with leading Italian communication and digital marketing agencies.
In 2007, he founded Marketing Arena, a digital strategy and online marketing company. Main areas of interest: measurement of…

Arturo Salerno

Founder Studio Salerno
He is an expert in economics and marketing for education and a web specialist by vocation.
Since 1999, he has been in charge of Tourist Web Marketing, on a national and international level.
He creates and manages strategic communication and online promotion plans.
He believes without hesitation in the endless economic…

Martin Soler

Managing Partner Soler & Associates
As long as I can remember I’ve been in marketing or attempting to get into graphic design. I’m a photographer in my spare time and a husband and father of two at home. And nothing drives me more than marketing great products and companies.
Having managed the sales and…

Margaret Ady

Co-founder of apaleo
Margaret is responsible for the company’s brand positioning, marketing, and strategic growth.
Prior to apaleo, she led marketing for Berlin-based SnapShot, and prior to that, for TrustYou. In 2016, she was awarded HSMAI Europe’s Top 20 Extraordinary Minds in Sales, Marketing and Technology.
Before joining the hospitality technology scene, Margaret held…

Massimo Caria

CEO – Founder & Digital Marketing Strategist
An enthusiast of Digital Branding and Hospitality Technology, he gained 14 years of experience following independent Hotels, groups of hotels and tourist destinations in the definition and enhancement of digital identity, in the strategic planning of Online Marketing campaigns and in the definition of technological tools…

Franco Amicucci

Founder of Amicucci Formazione and
CEO of the year 2017 for Training (LeFonti Awards – Milan Stock Exchange).
Sociologist, trainer and teacher. He has lectured for the UniNettuno distance-learning university and taught in various managerial schools, including the Luiss Business School.
Founder of, the first Italian eLearning company, with over 300 customers,…

Francesco Boggio Ferraris

Head of the Italy-China Foundation’s School of Continuous Education
After graduating with a diploma Chinese Language and Culture from the IsIAO in Milan and attaining the HSK certificate of Chinese language proficiency, he completed his studies at the Nankai University of Tianjin and at the BLCU in Beijing, where he completed a Catholic University…

Antonio Barreca

Director General of Federturismo Confindustria
Antonio Barreca was head of the Federturismo Office in Brussels and has been Director General of Federturismo Confindustria since July 2011. He handles the Federation’s international and European activities by coordinating public relations and lobbying activities between Rome, Brussels, Strasbourg and Geneva.
Among the various positions he has held,…

Nick Difino

Food-Hacker e Eat-ertainer
A would-be sociologist, a terrible musician and a fairly good painter, he trained as a teacher of Italian as a foreign language in London, where he lived between 1990 and 1997. In Italy, he worked in food marketing in the 1990s for a leading brand of pasta. He travelled the world…

Charles Spence

Professor of Experimental Psychology & University Lecturer at Somerville College
Professor Charles Spence is the head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory. He is interested in how people perceive the world around them. In particular, how our brains manage to process the information from each of our different senses (such as smell, taste, sight, hearing,…

Mauro Carbone

Director of the Alba Bra Langhe Roero Tourist Board
Fly-half at the Alba Bra Langhe Roero Tourist Board, Fullback at the National Centre for Truffle Studies, Lock in the Thaka’tani Rugby Old.
In practice, they have been supporting him for 13 years, while he works as Director of the Langhe and Roero Local Tourist…

John Matson

Managing Director for Voyager HQ
Voyager HQ is a club connecting startup founders, corporate partners, and investors in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industry. Since its inception two years ago when I started as Digital Director, Voyager HQ has grown to over 1,000 members, with a vibrant community workspace in the Flatiron/Chelsea area of…

Steffan Berelowitz

VP of Digital Platforms at Travel Tripper
Steffan is an Internet entrepreneur, digital marketing pioneer and technology innovator.
Since 2015, Steffan serves as VP of Digital Platforms at Travel Tripper, a full-service hospitality technology provider, enabling hotels worldwide to generate demand and maximize revenue. Travel Tripper has a reputation for innovation and provides a…

Simone Puorto

CEO & Founder Simone Puorto Consulting
Simone Puorto is a travel tech journalist with over 20 years of experience in the Industry.
Lecturer for business schools such as ESSEC, Les Roches, ESG and LUISS, published author, public speaker, panel moderator, Board Member for BWG Strategy and author for PhocusWire, HOTELSMag,, HospitalityNet, HotelOnline and…

Roberto Gentile

Creator and author of Whatsup
Roberto Gentile, born in Florence in 1961, after graduating with honours in Medicine and Surgery (Rome La Sapienza University, 1987) decided to dedicate himself to tourism; he began in 1986 with Study Tours, in the study holidays sector, and then moved to Alpitour, in Cuneo from 1989 to 1992,…

Ernesto Belisario

Partner at e-lex Studio Legale
A Court of Cassation lawyer enrolled in the Chamber of Lawyers of Potenza, he specialized with honours in Administrative Law and Administration Science at the Federico II University of Naples.
He assists companies and public administrations in matters related to technology law (digitalization and dematerialization, open government, open data,…

Yvette Agostini

She has a degree in Electrotechnical Engineering from the University of Pavia and she works in IT and information security.
Since 2012, she has been an expert appraiser of research projects eligible for European Union FP7 funding.
Yvette is a founding partner and secretary of CSA Italy, the Italian chapter of the Cloud…

Michele Ferrato

Digital Analytics & E-Commerce Specialist @ Nozio
Successful marketing is based on the ability to create trust between a brand and its customers. It is his job to build that trust, in a nutshell.
He help brands to make the most of their marketing efforts, by using a mixture of multi-channel marketing initiatives, tools…

Jacopo Rita

Online & Meta Search Marketing Manager at Bookassist
He has a Degree in Marketing and Communication and has been working in Digital Marketing for the Travel and Hospitality sector for over 5 years.
He joined Bookassist as a Digital Marketing Specialist for Hotels and Hotel Groups in the Italian market and he currently also…

Monica Gobbato

Lawyer at the Gobbato Legal Studio
A digital lawyer, specializing in Privacy and E-Health, she has been examining commissioner for Privacy Officer on behalf of the Certification Authority and also a certified Privacy Consultant.
Already a Digital Champion in Camogli, she has also been Senior Associated in two large international legal studios: Gianni, Origoni…

Des O’Mahony

Founder & CEO Bookassist

He holds a Ph.D. in Physics and is a professor at the Dublin Institute of Technology.
He has worked with internet technology since the early 90’s and often presents conferences on themes tied to hotel technology and tourism.
In 1995 he founded Softguides, one of the first online…

Stefano Monti

Partner Monti & Taft
He teaches Cultural Organizations Management at the Pontifical Gregorian University.
He has been active with Monti&Taft in Italy and abroad in management, advisory, strategic development and positioning, creation of business models, economic and financial consulting, analysis of economic impacts and creation of investment networks.
For more than a decade, he…

Mario Cardone

CEO & Co-founder JobValet
Travel & Hospitality industry passionate with 25 years experience in driving transformational projects and leading high performing teams.
Excellent knowledge of the Luxury hospitality industry and key stakeholders. Proven track record in delivering on ambitious growth targets – led Pellicano Hotels to achieve all-time record revenues and profitability…

Anna-Lisa Gabellone

PPC & web analytics specialist at IM Evolution
First a degree in Foreign Languages and Literature, followed by a few years travelling around the world, but then one day fate, or something like that, decided to cross the lines … et voilà! For over 8 years now, Anna-Lisa has been working for Im Evolution…

Veronica Gentili

Facebook Marketing Expert
She is a consultant and trainer specialised in Facebook Marketing and Facebook Ads, is accredited as a Facebook Certified Planning Professional and is currently considered one of the leading experts on Facebook Marketing in Italy.
The brands for which she has carried out training and consultancy services include La Stampa, Flying…

Alessandro Binello

Digital Strategist Time2Marketing
In 2000, he started dealing with SEO and search engines, a job that became a true passion. Over the years, his passion spread to the entire “Digital” universe and has allowed him to accumulate experience linked to the management of complex projects in different sectors (mainly tourism and e-commerce).
He likes…

Matteo Zambon

Founder of Tag Manager Italia
Matteo has ten years of experience as a senior web developer, as well as a strong specialisation in the field of SEM and SEO, with Google Partners and Google Analytics certification.
He is a Google Analytics Rising Star – Google advertisers Community.
A fervent collaborator in the of Google…

Sergio Farinelli

CTO & President of Simple Booking/QNT Hospitality
CEO and founder of QNT Hospitality and Simple Booking, leading company in Italy for online Hospitality distribution technologies and he has been a devoted analyst of the dynamics of digital tourism for over 20 years.
He participated as a speaker in numerous events dedicated to Tourism Web…

Marco Volpe

Speaker, Consultant and expert Digital Marketing Coach
Partner and founder of Edita, an Italian digital marketing agency specialised in the promotion and digital branding of tourism companies.
He was born in Riccione and works in close contact with local and international companies, helping them to develop online visibility and promote Italian excellence in hospitality…

Enrico Marchetto

In 2002, he founded Noiza.Com, one of the longest-running Italian businesses in the digital marketing segment and he handled online campaigns for customers like PokerStars, Swiss & Global, H-Farm/H-Campus,
He taught at the IULM in Milan until 2011 and currently holds a permanent seminar on social media strategy, also held at the…

Danilo Beltrante

Founder Vivere di Turismo
Danilo began his activity in tourism many years ago with a B&B. With his passion for training and personal growth, Danilo moved on from running a single B&B to managing multiple non-hotel activities. He founded Family Apartaments®, the world’s first franchise dedicated to tourist apartments.
With his consulting and training…

Miriam Bertoli

A digital marketing teacher and consultant
Miriam Bertoli has been a university lecturer and digital marketing consultant since 2000. She published “Web marketing for SMEs” (published by Hoepli), a successful manual particularly dedicated to Small and Medium Enterprises, now at its second edition.
She is a lecturer for the master’s degree course in Marketing,…

Renzo Iorio

CEO Nugo S.p.A.
Renzo Iorio is the CEO of Nugo, the new travel platform developed by Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato.
After a short experience in ‘Sole 24 ore’, he started his career in Accenture in 1982, then he joined Fiat Group, being part of Financial Department in Fiat S.p. A. and IFIL S.p.A.

Carlo Fontana

Hotelerier and Hoxell co-founder
Carlo Fontana graduated in law at the University of Milan in 1990. Hotelier in Milan (Hotel Berna) and Lugano (Hotel Lugano Dante), with a great passion for the Gueste Experience and Technology, is member of the executive board of the Hotelier Associaton of Milan and of the Lugano Tourist board….

Alessandro Gualtieri

General Manager Acaya Golf Resort & SPA (Acaya, Lecce)
Until 2017, he managed Hotel Paggeria Medicea at Artimino Spa (Artimino, Prato) and personally contributed to the recognition of the Medici Villa "La Ferdinanda" (part of the Artimino Spa) as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
During his career, he had the chance to coordinate the…

Elena Farinelli

Teacher of Social Media & SEO, blogger, Web Marketing consultant
Elena, Nelli, studied Communication Sciences in Siena and graduated with honours.
She is a consultant and teacher of social media, SEO, Web marketing and copywriting. Her courses in learning how to use the social networks are famous.
Her activity is described in her blog…

Pablo Delgado Díaz-Pache

CEO Mirai
Pablo developed one of the first Internet Booking Engines in 1998, and soon started helping hotels in Spain jump into the Internet era and understand how online distribution worked.
He is specialist in fostering sales through the direct channel, reducing the dependency of OTA (risk), and improving the GOP (gross operating profit)…

Marco Bianciardi

Owner Hotel Athena Siena
He is a second generation hotelier and has been working in the hotel tourism sector for over 25 years.
Representative for Federalberghi as President of the Hoteliers of Siena and Province from 2008 to 2018.
Founder of the IHF group – Italian Hotels & Friends, a small chain of independent…

Simona Tedesco

Editorial Director of DOVE magazine and multimedia projects, RCS Media Group
Born in Turin, she graduated with honours in Philosophy from Turin State University, and she specialises in overseeing new projects. During her career, she has worked on several new projects, from print to the web and radio.
In 1999 she joined Mondadori to…

Massimiliano Vavassori

Director of the Touring Club Research Centre
Massimiliano is director of Institutional Relations at the Italian Touring Club Research Centre. He graduated in Political Science and then attended a Master’s Degree in Economics and Management of Tourism Enterprises.
In the last twenty years he has participated in national and international projects on tourism development,…

Karin Venneri

President of the Startup Turismo Association | Chief Marketing Officer Destination Italia
An engineer with a degree from the University of Rome La Sapienza, Masters in Digital Marketing and Communication at the Business School of Il Sole 24 Ore, Karin has 6 years of experience in management consulting, with a strong expertise in strategic…

Nicola Zoppi

Founder Mind Lab Hotel and Hotel Manager
Nicola has gained extensive and stimulating experience in hotel management in various locations on the Apuo-Versiliese coast with a modern and dynamic management, riding the changes in the tourism system.
Passionate about Revenue Management and Brand Reputation, he has participated in some European Destination Management projects.

Susanna Mensitieri

Coordinator: Master in Tourism and Territory, LUISS School of Government
Susanna was born in Rome on August 27, 1965. She graduated in architecture with a specialisation in residential, holiday, hotel, exhibition and leisure standards, and has a Masters in communication and marketing (sponsored by FERPI).
She has been working in the fields of marketing…

Valeria Minghetti

Chief Senior Researcher at CISET, International Centre for Studies on Tourism Economics, founded by Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and the Veneto Region
Valeria has over 20 years of experience in research, consulting and training on tourism issues and has worked for national and international organisations (ISTAT, EUROSTAT, CE, UNWTO, OECD, etc.). Her main…

Paola Sucato

Web and social media consultant
Paola is also a freelance writer for several food and tourism magazines.
After years spent in tourist villages as a food & beverage manager, she arrived in Milan and developed two great passions: cooking and astrology. She has worked for three years with the editorial staff of

Lorenzo Succi

Director of UNI.RIMINI S.p.A.
UNI.RIMINI S.p.A. is the consortium company for the University of Rimini, set up to promote and develop the University of Bologna in the Romagna area. Lorenzo has spent most of his career in two areas: budget time and tourism, understood in all its forms, not least those specifically related to…

Mariapina Trunfio

Director of Master in Tourism & Hospitality Management – University of Naples "Parthenope"
Her current research focuses on governance, destination management, place branding, local tourism systems, sustainable tourism, niche tourism, MICE industry, local development and competitive dynamics in Italy, cultural diversity management, entrepreneurship, smart destinations and social media.
She is author and co-author of…

Varner Ferrato

Co-Founder of Mind The Lab
He has years of experience working as a hotel manager in Turin, combining his passion for the web and the world of social media with creativity and experimentation with good results in distribution and dis-intermediation.
Over the years he has overseen the establishment of several facilities in Piedmont, while…

Roberta Garibaldi

Member of the Board of Advisors and Ambassador for Italy at the World Food Travel Association
Roberta has made her life’s passion – travel – her work. She continues to travel, but with a very precise objective: to put her experiences at the service of strategies and projects.
She is Professor of Marketing and…

Paolo Grigolli

Director, School of Tourism Management of TSM-Trentino School of Management.
Paolo is Designer and Coordinator at ASTA – Alta Scuola di Turismo Ambientale (High School of Environmental Tourism); before that he was Director of the Accademia di Commercio e Turismo (Academy of Commerce and Tourism), the business school of the Trento Chamber of Commerce….

Enrica Lemmi

Fondazione Campus di Lucca, President of Degree Courses in Tourism Sciences
Director Master I level Tourism and ICT
Coordinator of the Tourism Area, Associate Professor in Geography at the University of Pisa, Department of Political Science.
Since 2004, he has been a lecturer in Geography of Tourism at the Fondazione Campus…

Giovanni Liberatore

Full Professor of Business Economics at the Department of Science for Economics and Business at the University of Florence
Giovanni teaches Accounting and Financial Statements and Company Valuation; he is Adjunct Professor of Financial Accounting at New York University and Professor of Control Systems at Luiss Business School.
Certified accountant, Auditor and Technical Consultant…

Stefan Marchioro

Lecturer in Applied Economics for Tourism at the University of Padua
Of Italian-German nationality, born in Ebikon in Switzerland in 1962, Stefan Marchioro graduated in Political Science at the University of Padua with 110 cum laude with a thesis on “Legal aspects of thermalism in the Veneto Region”.
After a brief interlude in the…

Luca Bove

IM Evolution Founder
Luca is a Digital Marketing consultant and a Local Search expert with extensive experience in SEO. He is co-author of "Digital Marketing Ingredients for Catering: the perfect recipe to make your online presence more effective" and author of "Google for shops and businesses: How to increase customers with My Business and…

Letizia Ciaccafava

Tourism & Hospitality Marketing Specialist
With a degree in marketing and communication, and a master’s degree in Sales&Marketing Management, Letizia has been working for 10 years in marketing with a strong specialisation in tourism, collaborating with important national and international companies.
She is an expert in the strategic definition, development and implementation of marketing,…

Andrea Canapa

Rome Manager of the Fondazione Italia Cina
International strategic consultant for governmental institutions and companies. Andrea has more than 20 years of experience in international relations and public diplomacy, as well as in fundraising at both the public and private levels.
He has strong consulting skills for Italian and foreign governments in designing economic…

Giovanni Arata

Bologna Welcome Communications Manager
With previous experience in communications at the ApT Servizi Emilia Romagna, Giovanni’s interests are focussed in the organizational side of social media, the narrative forms made possible by the internet and corporate crowdsourcing.
He also collaborates with Nòva -Il Sole 24 Ore, the Centro Nexa at Turin Polytechnic University, and…

Nicola Bellini

Ordinary Professor at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna Management Institute in Pisa
Nicola has directed the Tourism Institute at La Rochelle Business School in France.
He oversees local development, industrial policy and territorial marketing. At BTO11, he is on the Planning Committee and in the Research Work Group.

Giovanna Manzi

Chief Executive Officer at Best Western Italia
Born in 1967, she graduated in Economics and Commerce before immediately entering the hospitality world via the headquarters of Subway, the American fast food chain.
She continued with Best Western as marketing manager and as the CEO’s "right-hand man". The next important step in Giovanna’s career came…

Antonio Maresca

Founder of Seminario@Domicilio | Shortmaster – Hotel Internet Specialist
Since 1995, he has supported tourism companies on their journey on the Internet. He has advised many companies and tourism organisations, including a range of projects managed directly, some of which have gone on to become great success stories.
He travels often to be a…

Paola Baldacci

Freelance journalist
A travel industry specialist, she has collaborated with Guida Viaggi since 2002 and with other B2B tourism publications prior.
Topics: transport, economy, booking systems, online travel, United States.
Social media content developer and Manager for companies in the Travel Sector.
Sos Bambini Onlus – the world of non-profit.

Gianluca Diegoli

[mini]marketing Founder
Gianluca has been dedicated to online business and eCommerce since 1997, following his graduation in marketing from Bocconi University. After gaining extensive experience in companies such as Crif, Nextra, Tiscali, LVMH and Ducati, he now assists companies in defining – and putting into practice as a temporary manager (Barilla, Coop Adriatica,…

Giancarlo Piccirillo

FactorYmpresa Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism and MiBACT tourism
INVITALIA – the National Agency for Inward Investment and Economic Development

From September 2011 to September 2015, Giancarlo held the role of General Manager of Pugliapromozione – ARET Regional Tourism Agency, an instrumental body for policies on the promotion of the…

Andrea Casadei

Business Developer & Strategies for H-Farm
An expert in innovation and digital communications, he has long been dedicated to services applied to the world of entertainment and culture, with particular attention to booking and reservation systems and to the interaction between the world of culture and tourism, helping to activate numerous public service initiatives…

Emma Taveri

Destination Maker | Serendipity Seeker | Dreams Developer
A passionate entrepreneur in social innovation, tourism and territorial dynamics, she has decades of experience with the big names in travel (TripAdvisor, World Travel Market, TUI Travel, TTG).
She left her first career behind to pursue a dream: converting her territory of Brindisi into a sustainable…

Alessandra Farabegoli

Web strategist and trainer
Co-founder of Digital Update

She defines herself as one who works towards making herself superfluous.
As a biologist, she initially gravitated towards computer sciences and then towards web communications, as a web strategist and passionate disseminator of digital culture. Since the late 1990s, Alessandra has assisted companies, organisations and…

Luca Vescovi

Manager Promoservice
For twenty years, I have developed e-commerce sites and coordinated developers, graphic designers and experts in web marketing and neuromarketing.
I have actively overseen the planning, going live and management of over 500 websites. Regularly teaching at university level and in business environments, the focus is on issues related to the usability…

Edoardo Colombo

Innovation advisor
He was an innovation adviser for the Ministry of Tourism and President of the Innovation and Tourism Committee for the Department for Tourism Development and Competitiveness.
An expert consultant for the design and development of social media network platforms, he is also a member of the evaluation commission. Additionally, he worked on…

Nicoletta Polliotto

Project manager, consulting, content curator and brand strategist for Food & Travel companies, with Muse Comunicazione agency
Having harvested the ingredients with her humanistic studies, the spices and aromatic herbs with a diploma in piano and musical activities for Ricordi SpA, BMG and Feltrinelli, since the mid-1990s, she has created digital menus to serve…

Francesco Palumbo

Director of Toscana Promozione Turistica
Director General for DG Tourism of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and MiBACT tourism from September 2014 to October 2018.
Hailing from Rome, he has an exceptional curriculum in the field of enhancing cultural heritage.
In particular, he was responsible for Axis IV OP ERDP 2007-2013 for…

Rodolfo Baggio

Master in Tourism Università Bocconi
Born in Naples, he obtained a degree in Physics in Milan.
He has professionally taken care of computer technology in various companies in Italy and abroad, specialising in designing information systems and managerial training.
He is an information technology teacher at the Bocconi University in Milan, he coordinates the…

Giulia Eremita

BTO Ambassador
Giulia Eremita serves as the spokesperson for trivago in Italy, overseeing press and media relationship and communication strategy and translating the researches provided by trivago Observatory into accessible news and information.
Giulia is an active speaker through continuing business tourism seminars and conventions both nationally and internationally, she works with BTO Educational…

Francesco Tapinassi

Scientific Director BTO11
He has extensive experience in tourism and marketing policies, with a particular focus on the construction of digital ecosystems and digital reputation.
Currently fulfilling the role of Director of Tourism Policies for the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, he was previously the Senior Marketing Strategist for the Fondazione…

Robert Piattelli

Co-founder BTO Educational
Robert works full-time with BTO Educational and its related concerns.Born in New York in December 1960, he began with SEAT Pagine Gialle, where he worked until the end of the 90’s predominantly in government.
After this experience, at the end of 2000, he entered into partnership in a Florentine web agency,…

Robi Veltroni

Hotel Manager and Founder of the blog Officina Turistica
Marketing and advertising in tourism has been his focus for some twenty years.
He commenced working in a hotel in 1979, then after travelling vicariously through the trips of others for more than thirty years, he moved to the Maremma region.
His specialisation is in…

Roberta Milano

Digital Stategist
She works in consulting and higher education in the field of web marketing (above all in the tourism sector, but not only) and is a popularblogger.
In July of 2011, "Viaggi in Rete, dal nuovo marketing turistico ai viaggi nei mondi virtuali" ("Online Tours, from new tourism marketing to tours in virtual…

Paolo Chiappini

Direttore Fondazione Sistema Toscana
Fondazione Sistema Toscana nasce nel 2005 per volontà di Regione Toscana e Banca MPS, al fine di promuovere il territorio regionale e la sua identità con strumenti di comunicazione digitale integrata: web, produzioni multimediali, social media.
Dal 2010, a seguito della fusione con Mediateca Regionale Toscana, sviluppa e sostiene anche…

Alfonso Casalini

Editor in Chief Tafter Journal
Graduated in Art, Heritage and Cultural Market, specialized in Social Media Marketing (IULM) and in Arts Economy.
Journalist, lecturer and author of various books about Cultural Economics and Tourism, he assists private and public organizations in realizing economic models and projects in order to foster economic development through culture….

Antonio Pezzano

Antonio Pezzano assists public bodies and tourism organisations in planning and implementing policies and projects that create economic value. His role is to supply concrete data and facts to decision makers.
Currently he is Team Leader in the Sensi Contemporanei experimental programme of public investments in contemporary art, architecture, town planning, design,…