Industry Update
Appointment18 March 2016

Emanuele Manfroi

Appointed General Manager
At Belmond Villa San Michele in Florence, Italy

Emanuele ManfroiBelmond has appointed Emanuele Manfroi as General Manager of Belmond Villa San Michele in Florence, Italy with immediate effect. Italian born Manfroi graduated with a BA in Business Administration followed by a Masters in International Tourism Management. Prior to joining Belmond in 2012 Manfroi built his career in hospitality within in luxury hotels around the world including the Park Hyatt Milano, Park Hyatt Sydney, and Four Seasons Milan as well as pursuing his passion for culinary excellence. Previously Hotel Manager at sister hotel, Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice Manfroi takes up the new role ahead of the new season opening on 8 April 2016. Born into a family of hoteliers, Manfroi was regularly found in the kitchens of the hotels run by his family– developing his interest and passion for Italian cuisine and hospitality at a young age. In addition to his love of fine dining, Manfroi is a wine expert and passionate skier. A former 15th century monastery, Belmond Vila San Michele, is nestled on a hilltop with unrivalled views over Florence. With original Frescoes, ancient carvings and a façade attributed to Michelangelo, the hotel is a work of art. The hotel features an award-winning cookery school, lush gardens and a large open air pool with panoramic views of the Arno Valley. Belmond Villa San Michele forms part of Belmond’s Italian collection that includes Belmond Hotel Splendido, Portofino, Belmond Hotel Cipriani and Belmond Hotel Caruso in Ravello.

MIB School of Management

Emanuele Manfroi (Class of 2003) is a graduate of MIB School of Management in Trieste - Italy
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LVMH Hotel Management

French luxury behemoth Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH), announced in December 2018, the acquisition of London-based luxury hotel group Belmond. LVMH, the parent company of fashion houses including Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs and Givenchy as well as premium spirits, cosmetics and more, is looking to expand its empire in the hospitality business, which currently includes the Bulgari hotel brand, as well as Cheval Blanc.
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