9 – 11 November, 2018

The CHS AlpAdria & Eastern Europe Chapter is delighted to welcome our members to Tuscany in the Province of Pistoia this November. Here you’ll find up-to-date information about the conference, the program, and information for registration.

This year we are excited to highlight the central Italian part of our chapter. With the rolling Tuscan hills and a world-famous grotto and thermal baths as our setting, the meeting offers the opportunity to reconnect with our members and receive updates with our chapter. This year we’re also organizing our own version of Cornell Camp, a best-practice and experience sharing activity to discuss your relevant business challenges and gain your peers’ perspectives.

Marcello, Jonathon, and Wilko – your organizing committee – look forward to welcoming you to Tuscany in November!

Time Left to Register

*Registration closes October 31, 2018*



Grotta Giusti is your home away from home for a few days

*Updated August 2nd Exact times and Cornell Camp details subject to change.

Friday, November 9

Individual Arrivals

19.00 Welcome Cocktail & Dinner

Saturday, November 10

7.30 – 9.00 Breakfast

9.00 – 10.30 Cornell Camp Session 1 | Topic(s): TBD

10.30 – 10.45 Introduction of Dr. Nicola Angelo Fortunati | Stress and Inflammation (the Secret Killer)

10.45 – 11.15 Laura Bettarini (Dietist) | How nutrition can affect stress and how nutrition can help us fight daily stress

11.15 – 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 – 13.00 Cornell Camp Session 2 | Topic(s): TBD

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.00 CHS AA&EE Members Meeting

15.00 – 19.30 Free Time

optional 15.00 – 15.50 Access to the Thermal Grotto

optional 18.30 Hot Thermal Grotto Yoga – max 10 guests per each session
(a second session may be organized at 19.30 if there are more than 10 guests interested)

19.30  Cocktail & Dinner

Sunday, November 11

7.30 – 10.00 Breakfast

Individual Departures

**Castello Banfi has been generous to open its doors to our members for complimentary visit to the winery, castello, tasting and lunch at the original Taverna Banfi. See more details below**

What is Cornell Camp?

Cornell Camp is a best-practice sharing activity among peers that provides the opportunity for participants to share multiple perspectives on a specified business challenge. The discussion moderator poses questions to the group and solicits the sharing of personal experiences and solutions. At the end of the activity, the moderator summarizes the key points of the discussion and identifies the main takeaways.

How does it work?

During registration, you’ll be asked to submit up to 3 topics/challenges that you face at your property or organization. From this pool of topics, the organizing committee will create a list that will be voted on the first evening of the conference. At the beginning of the Cornell Camp you’ll split into smaller groups based on the topic you’re interested in and share your experiences with the group. The moderators will share the findings of each groups conversations with the rest of the  participants of the conference, so everyone can benefit from each discussion.


For the Full Tuscan Experience

High above the rolling hills of Montalcino, Castello Banfi towers over acres of vineyards and beautiful scenery. The Mariani Family of proud Cornell Hotelies has extended a special invitation to our members for private visit of the winery and castello, including a tasting and lunch at the original Taverna Banfi! The visit, tasting and lunch are generously offered to our guests complimentary.


The final itinerary will be confirmed after October 29 once we receive enough interest, but the visit will include a guided visit to the winery and vineyards, a private tasting, and a 3-course lunch with wine pairings at Taverna Banfi – which was used as inspiration for the restaurant at the Statler Hotel.


Montalcino is a little over 2-hour drive one-way from Grotta Giusti. You’re invited to drive your own car, or for any members that would need roundtrip transportation, we can organize a private transfer. For up to 8 passengers the cost to and from Castello Banfi is €500.

*Please confirm if you are interest via the registration form in the appropriate area.

Besides a special visit to Banfi, Grotta Giusti offers it’s own list of unique experiences of the resort, spa and Tuscan countryside. Take a vintage car for a spin on the winding, hilly roads with picturesque views along the way, or spend the morning with a bird’s eye view from a hot air balloon!

Organizing Committee

Marcello Cicalò (GMP ’17)

Director of Sales and Marketing
Italian Hospitality Collection

Jonathon Spada (BS ’10)


Wilhelm Weber (PDP ’16)

Swiss Hospitality Solutions


Registration closes October 31, 2018

Registration Fees & Accommodations


The fee is € 200 per person. This includes:

  • 2 dinners at La Veranda Restaurant (beverages included)
  • 1 lunch buffet at La Veranda Restaurant (beverages included)
  • 1 Coffee Break at Il Poeta Bar
  • 1 Aperitif at Il Poeta Bar
  • 1 Welcome Drink
  • Access to the world famous thermal grotto


There are negotiated room rates for our meeting at Grotta Giusti. All rates include breakfast and complimentary overnight parking.

Single Occupancy – per night

  • Comfort Room € 165
  • Elegance Park € 200
  • Deluxe Park € 230
Double Occupancy – per night

  • Comfort Room € 198
  • Elegance Park € 318
  • Deluxe Park € 370

Florence Airport Transfers

The Florence airport is less than an hour drive from Grotta Giusti. For members flying into Florence, airport transfers may be organized directly with the sales office. Door-to-door service in a luxury vehicle for up to 3 passengers is € 106 (paid directly to the driver).

Registration Form

To register please fill out the following registration and credit card authorization form* and email it to mice.toscana@ihchotels.it, attention Gisella or Anna. Please note the cancellation policy included on the form.

*If you prefer to pay some other way than by credit card, please coordinate directly with the sales office.

Have any questions for the organizing committee? Feel free to use the contact form below for any questions or comments about the conference. Your message will be sent directly to Jonathon at chs.alpadria@gmail.com.