Giuliano Corsi, General Manager of the Hotel Danieli in Venice, Italy, was awarded the accolade of European Hotel Manager of the Year 2004. Born in Tuscany, he began his career in 1963 as a receptionist at the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, part of the Ciga Group. His career to date has been a model of loyal service, and during his 40 years with Ciga he made his mark at some of Italy's most prestigious hotels. The experience he acquired in these hotels gave him a wealth of operational expertise, and in 1995 he became General Manager of the prestigious Hotel Danieli in Venice, one of the best-known hotels in the world. He was then soon appointed area manager of Starwood Hotels & Resorts' Venetian Hotels and at the beginning of 2003 became area manager for Northern Italy Venice-Milan.