General Meetings

Biarritz 2010


The 37th Annual EHMA General Meeting was held from 8 to 11 April in Biarritz, France. The theme of the conference was ''Wellness''. Working sessions were held at the historic ''Le Bellevue''. Participants were accommodated in the Hotel du Palais and the Sofitel Thalassa Miramar. The Gala Dinner took place at the ''Casino Municipal''. The University Day was organized in cooperation with Institut Paul Bocuse, the famous ''École de Management Hôtellerie Restauration & Arts Culinaires'' of Lyon. Among the speakers Hervé Fleury, Director of Institut Paul Bocuse; Christian Beek, Director of the Glion Institute of Higher Education; Inge Moore about the latest trends in hotel design; the chef and entrepreneur Michel Guérard, owner of Prés d'Eugénie, in Eugénie Les Bains, comprising a sophisticated restaurant and a spa. The Stenden University of Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, presented the 2010 edition of the book ''Profiles and Dimensions in Hospitality''.

During the General Meeting, Peter Bierwirth, National Delegate Germany, was elected President of the Association, Michel fernet First Vice President and Manuel Otero Vice President for the term 2010/2013. Past President Johanna Fragano was appointed Treasurer. The new Management Council also includes Michael John Gray (Great Britain and Ireland), Ezio Indiani (Italy), Hans Koch (Switzerland), Juha Mähönen (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Russia), Ernst Mayer (Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia), Francisco J. Pereira da Silva (Portugal), Chris Tzianos (Greece and Cyprus), William Van Der Zee (Belgium and Luxembourg), Didi Whitlau (The Netherlands). The award ''Hotel Manager of the Year 2009'' was conferred to Thomas Noll, former General Manager of the Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg.

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