EHMA Nordic, Baltic & Russian delegation had a get-together and meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, on 19-21.1.2018 kindly hosted by Mrs. Yulia Pashkovskaya in the luxurious premises of Belmond Grand Hotel Europe. Welcome dinner took place in the historic L'Europe restaurant of the hotel, featuring a ballet dance and opera entertainment performance.
The following day in the meeting the first guest speaker was Mr. Tommi Mannonen, Vice President of Meetingpackage.com, company focusing on an option to sell meeting rooms online directly from hotels own website. Instead of investing a lot of time and money in driving customers to the hotel’s website Meetingpackage.com offers to transform the existing hotel’s website into an online booking engine for meetings, maximizing the conversion rate on direct conference bookings and streamlining the efficiency of reservation department activities. Meetingpackage.com was recently recognized by Forbes Magazines on "30 under 30" listing of companies re-inventing the way we shop online.
Another guest speaker was Mr. Henri Kajula, CEO of Envera. This innovative Finnish company is now going international with Smartvatten brand. Water leaks are the biggest reason for insurance compensations also for hotel properties. Smartvatten's remote monitoring service helps hotels stop flushing money down the drain and catch plumbing leaks before it's too late. This can have a remarkable impact on profitability of hospitality business.
Smartvatten will also be one of the proud sponsors of EHMA 2018 Annual General Meeting in Marbella.
Also, EHMAs Councilor and National Delegate Nordic, Baltic & Russia Mr. Juha Mähönen was briefing the latest news of our organization, including Young EHMA and Valueable projects. Finally Mr. Mähönen invited everybody to the Annual General meeting in Marbella on 16-18 March, 2018.
After all in-depth information all participants enjoyed a memorable Asia flavoured lunch at Azia Restaurant of Belmond Grand Hotel Europe. Lunch was followed by a guided visit to world famous Fabergé Museum. Our memorable visit to St. Petersburg culminated in a gala dinner at Rocco Forte Astoria Hotel, hosted by GM Gerold Held. The Russian menu of the evening complimented the Fabergé egg theme.