The 40th EHMA annual General Meeting was held in Milan from 25 to 28 April 2013 at the beautiful Hotel Principe di Savoia and the Westin Palace.
The Organising Committee, chaired by Ezio Indiani, offered participants a very exciting programme both in its professional content with high-profile speakers and professional topics, as well as in the prestigious functions and by-programs foreseen. The theme of the conference was "Reinventing the luxury hotel" which came up in the various speeches of the event.
The University day has been organized in collaboration with Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne and Lausanne Hospitality Consulting with Professors Samaad Laroussi and Yateendra Sinh with the collaboration of Dr. Peter Agel. During the Educational Day participants had the opportunity to listen to the interventions of keynote speakers such as Christopher Cowdray, CEO Dorchester Collection, Kent Nyström, President of HOTREC, Professor Michael Sturmann of Cornell University, Nick van Marken of Deloitte, Ray Iunius, Professor of the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, moderator of an intensive and constructive panel discussion, Adam Tihany, most famous designer and Mario Almondo of Ferrari.
The extraordinary mixture of business and leisure gave EHMA members the opportunity to meet and to discuss common goals and views, but also to enjoy the outstanding performance of their Italian colleagues in organizing this unforgettable event.
During the General Assembly on Saturday morning important amendments to the Statute were approved and Presidential elections took place: Hans Koch, National Delegate of Switzerland, was elected President of the Association, Kurt Dohnal First Vice President and Manuel Otero Vice President for the next term of office 2013/2015.
The outstanding gala evening at Palazzo Reale which concluded the conference was also the occasion for the presentation of the "Hotel Manager of the Year 2012" award to the German member Hans Gerst, Best Western Hotel St. Raphael in Hamburg and of the ''EHMA Sustainability award by Diversey 2013'' to Michel Cottray, of the Westin Resort -The Romanos, Costa Navarino, Greece .