In plain words, the EHMA is an association of hotel managers operating luxury hotels of international repute. It is primarily a forum for discussion and reflection on the future of the hotel industry. For the latest twenty years, the EHMA has introduced and developed a modern and progressive concept of the hotel business, as well as promoting an expansionist and exporting policy in order to adapt European know-how to the demands and future of the international hotel industry. Objectives of EHMA have developed along with the development of the association itself. Nowadays, EHMA inspires its members for co-operation, improves their professional qualification, and supports the development of the international hotel and tourism industry.
Today, EHMA promotes Europe as a whole in the individual countries with a help of its members.
EHMA members are all hotel managers operating first-class and luxury hotels of international repute, which are concerned with safeguarding the ethical foundation of their profession. Members of EHMA are committed to fostering fellowship and respect, as well as improving their own qualifications and those of their staff, in order to maintain or improve the standards of comfort and service that they offer their guests. EHMA is not merely an association of hotels, but a commonwealth of men and women. It is their personalities and approaches that give the hotel its atmosphere and uniqueness. These EHMA members set an exemplary attitude to their staff.
The association also encourages the development of training and job exchanges, as nothing brings the better experience than training in the best hotels of Europe, and complete plunging into the atmosphere. For educational and other purposes, the EHMA constantly leads annual meetings, conferences, and discussions of acute agendas. The EHMA's General Meeting is organized every year in a different European city, for example, in Lisbon in 2005 and in Athens in 2004.
And, for the second time in its history, from February 2-5, 2006, EHMA's 33rd GAL Meeting took place in Budapest, the Hungarian Capital, organized by hotels Sofitel Budapest and InterContinental Budapest. Of course, it is a bit useless to present all things that were discussed there, the only thing to mention is that the main focus of this EHMA meeting was the profitability of the hotel food and beverage departments. The subject of innovative management techniques and creative concepts that are revolutionizing the organization of the food and beverage sector in the world-class hotel industry were given the closest attention, and soon we are to experience these decisions when they come true.
So, let us wait!