Miguel Ruano (Ambassador)
UK / EMEA
Areas of Expertise: Asset Management, Concept planning, Concept Studies & Design, Design Reviews / Technical Services, Development strategy, Hotel operator selection, Hotel Strategy, Innovation and Execution, Identification of Acquisition & Development Opportunities, Owner Representation, Sustainability
UK / EMEA
Miguel Ruano has rejoined Hotel Solutions Partnership as Project Conceptualisation and Development Strategist. Miguel is a registered architect and planner with 35+ years’ experience in global real estate design and development projects, especially on mixed-use and hospitality, and has served in senior development and technical roles within Marriott and IHG. Miguel is an expert in assessing hotel and resort opportunities, formulating their USPs, competitive positioning and development strategy and has specialised in project conceptualisation, design management and project management strategy. Miguel also supports hotel companies in the formation and deployment of innovation platforms and growth strategies and is Co-Founder of Hotel2030, a platform for discussing, developing and acting on future changes for the hospitality industry.
From 1997 to 2009, Miguel led the Resort Development Department in EMEA as Senior Vice President at MVCI, Marriott’s ownership resorts division. From 2012 to 2014, he led the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) technical services department as Vice President Design & Engineering – Europe. Earlier in his career, Miguel worked for architecture and consulting firms in Spain and the USA, such as SOM-Chicago, where he was Project Architect for the Hotel Arts Ritz-Carlton Barcelona.
A native of Mallorca, Miguel has also lived in Barcelona, Boston, Chicago and New York. He is based in London since 1997 and has worked in Austria, Brazil, China, Dubai, Egypt, France, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the USA.
Miguel is a Fulbright Scholar and holds Master’s Degrees from Barcelona Polytechnic University (MArch), M.I.T. (SMArchS), Harvard (MDesS) and the Open University (MBA). Miguel is also a leading expert on ‘EcoUrbanism’ (a term Miguel coined), eco-resorts, sustainable tourism development strategy and territorial planning. Miguel has written several books, taught at universities in Europe and the USA, and is a regular speaker at industry events.
From 2008 to 2011, Miguel was Co-Chair of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) European Resort and Hotel Council, of which he is a founding member and also served as Vice-Chair from its inception in 2004 to 2007. He is also Co-Founder of Hotel2030, a platform for discussing, developing and acting on future changes for the hotel and hospitality industry.