The 2009 "EHMA Manager of the Year Award" was presented to its winner, Thomas Noll, during the closing Gala Dinner of EHMA's 37th annual General Meeting held in Biarritz, France on 11 April 2010. Thomas Noll was elected by his fellow colleagues to receive this prestigious recognition due to his impressive and extensive international career in the hotel industry. Furthermore his election was supported by his many achievements and social activities accomplished, among others as founder of the Russian Chapter of "Chaîne des Rôtisseurs" and the active involvement in charity fundraising activities such as the Charity Foundation of the Grand Hotel Europe. During the time of his appointment at the Grand Hotel Europe, Thomas Noll was involved in the successful acquisition process in 2005. With the Orient-Express ownership a complete re-branding of the hotel as well as an extensive multi million dollar renovation program was conducted, involving all guest rooms and most of the public areas. Under Thomas Noll's management, the Hotel became a market leader showing a clear distance from competing properties. Furthermore last November Thomas Noll received in London the Award for the Grand Hotel Europe as the "Leading Luxury Hotel of the World". When receiving the award from the EHMA Past President Johanna Fragano, Noll said how honoured he felt having received this recognition and thanked all his colleagues for the trust and respect shown in electing him as the 2009 recipient.