The XXIV edition of “Premio Excellent” takes place every year in conjunction with the BIT Tourism Fair in Milan conceived by Mario Mancini and promoted by the magazine Master Meeting. The “prize” is the award given every year to the most important figures in the tourism and hospitality industry and to the ambassadors of Italian excellence.
The Award Jury of this XXIV Edition, chaired by the Hon. Ombretta Fumagalli Carulli, President of IUS, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, has chosen to assign the prestigious awards to representatives of the hotel industry who have shown remarkable managerial skills, supporting the tourism sector with their initiatives.
The Jury has also chosen to give special honors to the ambassadors of Italian excellence – those figures belonging to the political, institutional, cultural, scientific, entrepreneurial, and artistic world, who with their work, committed themselves to affirm the Italian brand in the world.
The Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, an icon of hospitality, has hosted the unique event of its kind for years and which can be accessed only by invitation.
President of the Senate, and first woman in the history of the Italian Republic, Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, said: “I hope that tourism contributes to the revival of the areas of Italy affected by the earthquake. I dedicate this award to them.”
Winners at the XXIV edition
Gian Marco Centinaro, Minister of Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Tourism
For the incessant dedication to the tourism sector, agriculture, the made in Italy campaign, and for the hard work in supporting the quality and excellence of the Italian product, recognizing the Italian brand as a universal value. For the constant attention to the promotion of tourism with an international perspective and for concrete and strategic support for the fight against illegalism in favor of policies focused on legality.
Gianfranco Battisti, CEO of Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane, SpA (FS)
His comments: “The big world investors are looking with interest to Italy, registering a constantly increasing trend. On the 550 million tourists expected to arrive in Europe in 2019, Italy will intercept a significant share. The tourist importance of Italy is confirmed by the designation of Matera Capital of Culture 2019.
“The FS Italiane Group is involved in the development, together with the institutions, of an integrated supply system that creates the conditions for greater accessibility to destinations with high tourism potential.
“Over 5,000 daily regional transport connections and over 280 daily services operated by Frecce (the speedy train) and the FS Group’s commitment to increasingly combine railway stations with the country’s entry points (airports and ports) and offer a service capable of responding to the needs of those who choose the services of Trenitalia and Busitalia.”
Marco Sarlo, Manager Consultant At Royal Hotel Sanremo
Genovese and hotelier by family tradition, Marco Sarlo is a long-term captain of high international hospitality. Today Sarlo successfully continues its commitment to promoting hospitality and quality tourism in western Liguria.”
After years of absence, the town of San Remo returns to the most important international fairs and workshops, starting from within the Liguria area to the BIT.
Robert Wirth, Owner and General Manager of the Hassler Hotel in Rome
If Rome is today a destination increasingly appreciated by international tourism for the quality of its hospitality is also thanks to the professionalism and sensitivity of Roberto Wirth, owner, and general manager of Hassler Hotel, one of the most prestigious luxury hotels in the world.
Walid Haidar, dean of the Consular Corps of Milan and Lombardy (over 123 presences)
A demonstration of the daily work that the city and Lombardy carry forward in the name of dialogue and diplomacy for the benefit of the economy, culture, and national and international tourism.
Giuseppe Marchese GM Hotel Ragosta Hotel Collection
Alessio Lazazzera, GM Hotel Lido at Venice
In addition recognition went to: Elisabetta Fabri-President and CEO of Starhotels, Gloria Armini, Sia Hospitality Design & Sun Outdoor, Gianni Garatti, president of the Treviso Foundation. Mario Pozza President of the Chamber of Commerce of Treviso and Belluno, Onorio Rebecchini, President Convention Bureau Roma, Lazio. Enrico Cerea, starred chef at Da Vittorio in Bergamo.
In the Italian economic system, domestic and international tourism procures an income of 180 billion euros equal to 10 percent of national GDP with a workforce of 2,600 million employees in the tourism sector.