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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 May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.