Vibrant celebration in Venice of EHMA’s 50th anniversary for the Annual General Assembly of the Association held at the Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort

The Organizing Committee Venice 2024 with President EHMA Panos Almyrantis and Italy National Delegate Ezio A. Indiani

An extraordinary program focusing on Human Capital and the Challenge of Engaging New Young Professionals in Hospitality welcomed the group of General Managers from the most prestigious European hotels who gathered at the iconic Hotel Excelsior Lido Resort in Venice from April 12 to 14 for the Annual General Assembly of the EHMA, marking the 50th anniversary of the Association.

“I wish to commend our Golden Jubilee’s outstanding success held in the enchanting city of Venice, commented EHMA President Panos Almyrantis, National Delegate Greece & Cyprus and Chief Development Officer (CDO) Ella Resorts in Athens. “This milestone gathering not only exemplified our commitment to education and industry collaboration but also highlighted the enduring spirit of our association over the past fifty years. Venice provided a captivating setting for this occasion, enhancing the overall experience for all participants. The event was a testament to the dedication and enthusiasm of our members, sponsors, and partners who contributed to its success. I extend my sincere gratitude to everyone involved in making this event unforgettable, from the organizing team to the distinguished speakers and engaged attendees. Together, we have set a remarkable precedent for future endeavors and reaffirmed our shared vision of excellence in hospitality management across Europe. Here’s to continued success and innovation in the next fifty years and beyond.”

“Venice is the vibrant venue that we, Italian Chapter, strongly wanted for EHMA’s 50th anniversary, the EHMA golden Jubilee. The Venetian Organizing Committee has worked with great enthusiasm and passion to organize a most exciting program”, joins in Ezio A. Indiani, National Delegate Italy and General Manager Hotel Principe di Savoia Milan. “The first General Assembly was held in 1974 at the Rome Cavalieri Hilton with 20 participants. Today, after 50 years, we are here in Venice to celebrate the Association’s jubilee with an attendance of 395 people. We have come a long way!”

Three prestigious awards were presented during the splendid closing gala dinner in the spectacular Louis XIV-style “Sala degli Stucchi” of the Hotel Excelsior: Alessio Lazazzera, General Manager of the Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort was elected European Hotel Manager of the Year 2024; Pedro Pinto, General Manager of Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel was the winner of the EHMA Sustainability Award by Diversey 2024, and Michael Gray, former General Manager of the 5-Star Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill and Vice President UK for Hyatt International, received the Hans Koch Lifetime Achievement Award 2024.

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