Appointment at the LAC – Lugano Arte e Cultura Museum from March 18 to 20 for the EHMA General Meeting, to debate on the future of the industry with an exceptional panel, composed by the CEOs of Dorchester Collection, Aman Resorts, LVMH Hospitality Excellence and The Leading Hotels of the World.
Two years have passed since Lugano was scheduled to host the EHMA Annual General Meeting. Plans that had not taken into account a global pandemic. Today, finally, the Organizing Committee has announced the new dates of the exclusive event, which will be held at the LAC in Lugano between March 18 and 20.
Since 1974, the year that it was founded in Rome, EHMA – European Hotel Managers Association, currently having 400 members representing 29 European countries, has been meeting annually in a different location. After the last meeting in presence in Paris in 2019, this time the LAC Arte e Cultura in Lugano, Switzerland, a crossroad of international cultures, will be the stage for three days of meeting and exchange about the future of luxury hospitality. The theme of the event is "It's all about Passion".
Passion makes the difference
"The appointment in Lugano represents for us the restart: after three years since the last assembly we finally have again the opportunity to meet and confront each other " explains Ezio A. Indiani, President of EHMA and GM of the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan "now it's time to look at the future and prepare for the challenges to come, certain that our event will be an inspiration for the professionals and for the entire tourism sector. Among the most eagerly awaited moments of the meeting, there will also be the presentation of the European Hotel Manager of the Year award, to celebrate the hotel manager who has particularly distinguished himself or herself during the year".
"It is passion that motivates us to achieve the most ambitious goals," comments Giuseppe Rossi, Chairman of the Organizing Committee and GM of the Hotel Splendide Royal in Lugano. "Passion makes creativity blossom and, especially after Covid-19, we realized its importance. Particularly in the hospitality industry, which is active 24 hours a day, only passion can make a difference and motivate new generations to a profession that is as rewarding as it is challenging. This is one of the objectives of EHMA Lugano 2022: to attract young hotellerie talents driven by passion".
Commitment to the next generation of hospitality professionals has been one of the Association's goals from the beginning. At the same time as the Members' Assembly, the Young EHMA 2022 Group will participate in a working session organized by EHL (Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne).
The hospitality elite will animate an exceptional round table discussion with the participation of some of the executives of the most prestigious hotel chains in the world: Christopher Cowdray - CEO Dorchester Collection; Roland Fasel - COO Aman Resorts; Andrea Guerra - CEO LVMH Hospitality Excellence and Shannon Knapp - President & CEO The Leading Hotels of the World. Other speakers, coming from different worlds than the hotel industry, will share their personal experiences of success driven by passion: Umberto Pelizzari (Italian former freediving recordman, university professor), Simona Atzori (Italian dancer, writer and painter born without arms) and also Daniele Finzi Pasca (Swiss playwright, director, choreographer and passionate Ticinese).
Success stories of career excellence and sustainability
Among the most anticipated moments of the meeting, there will be the presentation of the awards "European Hotel Manager of the Year 2022" and "Lifetime Achievement". The "EHMA Sustainability Award by Diversey", dedicated to the best sustainable hospitality project of the year, will also be presented. In fact, EHMA has always distinguished itself for its attention to the Green theme, which is as fundamental today as it will be tomorrow for the sustainable growth of the sector.