What are travellers looking for in Italy? More wine and food, and more culture. And tourism is thriving, driven mainly by international demand. Setting aside for a moment today’s energy crisis and yesterday’s pandemic, the picture of the tourism industry becomes clearer, and the future, if possible, looks even rosier. 

A recent timelapse from the National Institute for Tourism Research (Isnart) provides a brief overview of Italian travel industry trends over three decades, and the first figure that stands out is, of course, the growth in arrivals: in 1990 total overnights were 252 million and in 2022 they were 436 million, with foreign tourist numbers going from 84 million in 1990 to 220 million in the pre-Covid 2019 year (+160%). What tourists are buying is also changing, with typical food and wine products growing strongly (from 26% in 2008 to 34% in 2019) as is spending on cultural products like entrance tickets and museum guides, which rose from 16% to 24% of the total spend. 

In the business sector, in the third quarter of this year there were 461,000 accommodation and catering companies, employing almost 2 million people. Compared to 2010 this is a rise of 20% in the number of registered companies and 32% in the number of employees. All of which goes to show the growing importance of tourism in Italy’s economy.  

Encouraging numbers and figures indeed, that we at Italiabsolutely take as our cue to wish all travellers and tourism players a fantastic 2023. May it be full of new discoveries, experiences and emotions at all latitudes, but especially in Italy!    

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In 2021 Hnh Hospitality doubled its direct management turnover to €71.4 million against the €34.8 million of the previous year (+105%) posting gross operating margins of €8.7 million against the previous €3.5.

Room occupancy rose together with average rates

These are preliminary figures for the 2021-2022 financial year from the Hnh Hospitality Group. An excellent performance thanks to the increase in room occupancy, which rose from 41.3% to 64.2% in 2022, and by the growth in average rates, which rose from €133.8 to €143.

The Group has business, city and now luxury resort properties

As part of its product diversification strategy the Mestre-based hotel company now offers three different categories of facilities: business hotels, city hotels and luxury resorts. Preliminary figures show significant growth, especially in the city hotel market, the segment in which Hnh has grown most during 2022 and which now accounts for 47% of its total turnover. 

Almar Giardino di Costanza and Timi Ama. Two popular resorts

This year the group expanded into resorts with the opening of the Almar Giardino di Costanza in Sicily last May. Then there is the new management, from January 2023, of the Timi Ama, a luxury resort in Villasimius, Sardinia, also under the Almar brand. With this new opening the resorts, which were 25% of turnover in 2022, are set to weigh in at almost 40% per cent of its overall turnover in 2023.

“We recorded triple-digit growth, more than doubling the previous year's revenues"

"In 2022, despite being penalised by Covid in the first half, we recorded triple-digit growth, more than doubling the previous year's revenues," said CEO Hnh Hospitality, Luca Boccato. "These figures show that the courageous choices made during the pandemic are paying off. For 2023 we are confident of continued growth, also thanks to the decision to further differentiate with the entry of the new Almar Timi Ama: a property that will allow us to strengthen our position in the 5-star beach & sun resort market”. 

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Important news from San Domenico Hotels which has been awarded the management contract for the Pelican Hotel in Miami.

The new Miami hotel has 32 rooms and is owned by the boss of Diesel

This step into international markets by Aldo Melpignano's group follows the recent new entry, Castel Badia di San Lorenzo di Sebato near Brunico. The group is known, among other things, for the famous luxury resort Borgo Egnazia in Apulia. The Miami hotel, says Pambianco Hotellerie, is a 32-room property owned by Red Circle, the family holding company of Renzo Rosso, boss of the Diesel fashion brand.

The rooms are themed on famous movies 

The hotel recently reopened its doors after two years of restyling for a total investment of over €6 million. The rooms, designed by Diesel's creative team, are all different and themed on movies which give their names to the rooms. Of the 32 total keys, seven are suites, six have ocean views and one is an exclusive penthouse.

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The boss of Diesel Renzo Rosso is planning a 40-room all-suite hotel in Cortina, the town in the Dolomites that will host the Olympics in 2026.

Rosso acquired the Ancora Hotel for near to €20 million

Among the many investors interested in the Cortina resort is Renzo Rosso, who has already signed an agreement with the San Domenico Hotels group to manage the Pelican in Miami. Through his real estate company Red Circle, the Diesel boss acquired the Ancora hotel two years ago for almost €20 million. Now, says Pambianco Hotellerie, he is thinking of a renovation that will cost more than the value of the deal.

Reducing the number of rooms to create an all-suite property

The Ancora Hotel, a historic Cortina property established in 1826, originally had 50 rooms but the idea is to reduce them to 40 in order to increase the square footage and create an all-suite hotel with rooms measuring between 55 and 110 sqm. The hotel is scheduled to reopen in 2024 and the agreement for its management is presently being finalized. Architect Vicky Charles, well known for her Soho House projects around the globe, has been appointed to lead the restyling.

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Two up-scale NH Hotel Group properties, in historic Venice and on the glass island of Murano, are a benchmark for hospitality and bleisure tourism in Italy. 

“We want our guests to have authentic experiences” 

In the NH Collection Venezia Grand Hotel Palazzo dei Dogi, a 5-star, and in the NH Collection Venezia Murano Villa, 4 stars, it is easy to recognise the two souls of the city: that of the grand noble palaces on the Grand Canal and historic Venice with the Murano glassworks.

"In both these NH Collection properties we want our guests to have authentic experiences, on the one hand in a noble Venetian palazzo and, on the other, in a historic glassworks on the island of Murano," said Marco Gilardi, operations director NH Hotel Group Italy and USA.


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High ceilings, chandeliers and elegant bathrooms

In the Cannaregio district, in a wonderfully romantic corner of Venice, the NH Collection Venezia Grand Hotel Palazzo dei Dogi is a historic 5-star of great charm.  The 64 rooms are a perfect blend of elegance and classicism with high ceilings, chandeliers finely crafted by master Murano glassmakers, and elegant bathrooms. The Il Giardino Segreto Restaurant is a culinary experience that combines the authenticity of Venetian flavours with international specialties, accompanied by fine wines and champagnes. 

An NH hotel in an old Murano glass factory

The 4-star superior NH Collection Venezia Murano Villa is located inside the historic Murano glassworks called the Fornace De Majo.  In total it has 104 rooms - some of which have views over the lagoon and the islands of Sant'Erasmo and Le Vignole - from superior to premium, as well as junior duplex and laguna view suites. There are also five meeting rooms which are modulable and adaptable according to the needs of guests and clients. 

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The mandate to find new financial partners for the Rocco Forte group has been assigned to Rotschild. 

Potential Gulf investors or Lvmh?

The prize being  49% of the company, which is also linked to Cassa Depositi e Prestiti through Cdp Equity, which in 2014 bought 23% of the British hotel group for €76 million. But the pact between Cdp and Sir Rocco Forte expires next February. Cassa Depositi e Prestiti could thus take advantage of the sale to monetise its investment. Potential buyers, according to the daily La Repubblica, could be from the Gulf, including Saudi Arabia's Pif, as well as the Lvmh group, which already owns Belmond.

The Rocco Forte Group could be worth over €1 billion 

Currently Rocco Forte has 14 hotels, 20 villas and 42 starred bars and restaurants with over 1,500 rooms. The company is set to close 2022 with revenues in the region of £300 million and around sixty million in gross operating margins. Recent openings, including Athens and Mikonos, are expected to boost gross operating margins by another €15 million in 2023. With these figures, the valuation of the Rocco Forte Group could reach over one billion euro. 

The Group continues to add new hotels and apartments

The operation would also have significant repercussions in Italy given that the British company already has three properties in Rome (including a series of apartments), two in Sicily and one in Puglia, and ambitious plans for two new openings in Milan, the Carlton Hotel and luxury apartments in Via della Spiga, as well as new properties in Naples and Sardinia.

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The Unahotels Le Terrazze Treviso is the fifth property in the Veneto region and the first outside Venice for the Una group.

Apartments, penthouses, and a large outdoor square

The affiliation was announced by the company's general manager Fabrizio Gaggio. The new addition brings the Unahotels’franchising project to 15 properties. Located in a strategic position, just a few minutes from the centre of Treviso, the motorway and the airport, the new property is a 4-star superior design business and spa hotel. With 156 rooms, apartments and penthouses of different types, the Spa Le Terrazze wellness centre, a gym, a restaurant and a car park, there is also a large outdoor square that polarises life at the Unahotels Le Terrazze. 

Meeting rooms and advanced management technologies

Among other services the hotel also has a business centre consisting of three meeting rooms that can accommodate from 25 to 85 people. The building was redesigned with a view to reducing its environmental impact, and includes advanced management technologies in the different areas of the hotel, with the apartments governed by automation, control, management and telecommunications systems. 

For information: https://www.leterrazzehr.it/en

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Financing for €145 million for the Bluserena group has arrived from the Italian Unicredit and the Iberian Caixa banks. 

Development plans are going ahead

This is according to the daily business newspaper Milano Finanza which says the development plan for the Italian brand, which the Maresca family sold to the Spaniards of Azora European Hotel & Leisure in 2021 for €280, is proceeding apace.

Renovating hotels and resorts for international markets

The new capital should partly serve to refinance debt, while around 35 million would be dedicated to investments, mainly to renovate  hotels and resorts, and adapt them to international markets. Bluserena currently boasts a portfolio of 13 properties, eight of which it owns with another five under management, in locations such as Sardinia, Sicily, Puglia, Abruzzo, Piedmont and Calabria. Just a few days ago Marcello Cicalò took over as the new CEO.

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Meliá has announced the debut of the InnSide brand in Sicily with two new properties opening in 2024.

146 rooms and a rooftop terrace with sea views

This also marks the launch of a partnership with Logitravel for the creation and marketing of dynamic packages integrated in the MeliáRewards Loyalty Program. Located in the south-eastern part of the Mediterranean island, the InnSide Noto will have 146 rooms, numerous food and drink outlets as well as a swimming pool, a beach club, a gym and spaces for meetings and events. There is also a 1,500 square metre rooftop terrace overlooking the sea.

Four properties in Sicily 

The InnSide Cala Rossa will be built in the coastal area of ​​Terrasini and will have 114 keys, a lounge, a swimming pool, several food and drink outlets, a spa, event spaces and a beach club. With the announcement of the two Sicilian properties, to which the Meliá Taormina and Meliá Siracusa will also be added in 2024, the number of properties belonging to the Spanish group currently active or in the pipeline in Italy is now 11. 

Meliá Escapes is currently available in nine countries

The Iberian company has also launched Meliá Escapes which, thanks to the partnership with Logitravel, will offer the hotel clients access a vast and dynamic range of flights, experiences, car rental services, transfers, excursions, attractions and more. Meliá Escapes is currently available in nine countries from Italy to Spain, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Portugal, Mexico, Canada and the United States. And there are other countries in the pipeline. 

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The Timi Ama of Villasimius will be managed by Almar, whose management was recently acquired by the Hnh Hospitality Group.

Formerly an Accor Pullman property

The Sardinian property is the result of years of historical permanence under the Accor house's Pullman brand. After the Venetian Jesolo Resort & Spa, and the Sicilian Giardino di Costanza in Mazara del Vallo, the Villasimius property will be the company's third Almar.

Balancing the needs of leisure and congress tourism 

“We are especially proud of this new management under the Almar brand in Sardinia, which represents a new and important milestone for us in the luxury resort segment,” says Luca Boccato, CEO of Hnh Hospitality. “Following the success of the Almar Giardino di Costanza, which opened in May, we have decided to expand while also diversifying our offer. The new property, in one of Sardinia's most popular tourist destinations, balances the needs of leisure tourism with those of congress tourism and well-being.”


280 rooms all with balconies or terraces

The Almar Timi Ama Resort & Spa overlooks a nature reserve teeming with pink flamingos, and the beach is reached via the property's park, which is also a protected area. The resort has 280 rooms on three floors, each with a balcony or terrace. There are also four restaurants and bars, an outdoor swimming pool and an indoor pool dedicated to the spa, as well as an adjacent beach. 

Meeting rooms and an outdoor amphitheatre

In addition to the Thalasso spa, which is powered by a sea-connected system, the complex includes a fitness centre with tennis, multifunctional, and beach volleyball courts. Finally, thanks to four meeting rooms with a maximum capacity of 350 guests and an external amphitheatre with 400 seats, the Timi Ama will devote ample space to congresses and events.

“Our new asset is in line with market trends”

“We are delighted to have reached this agreement with an important Italian operator in the 5-star resort segment,” say Timi Ama s.p.a. directors Simone Festuccia and Pierpaolo Mazzella. “The investment made over the next two years will be a significant opportunity for our company to improve a strategic asset that is in line with new market trends for a rapidly growing segment and destination.” 

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