Three Mammoth Hotel Associations backs Leaders in Hospitality Summit CEE-CIS in Warsaw on 14th-15th May 2014 (PL)

The role of the international industry bodies has never been as important as it is now. They act as the voice of the vibrant international hospitality community, representing its interest towards the governments, monitor policy development, enhancing industries bottom lines and connecting industry professionals across the regions. The influences of the association are gaining momentum as they strive to protect the industry's best interests, increase awareness and raise its profile.

Leaders in Hospitality CEE & CIS that will take place on the 14 – 15th of May, 2014 in Warsaw, Poland has established itself as one of the most unique and important platform for the hoteliers across CEE & CIS Region as they gather to network with their industry peers, explore new effective business strategies for their business and learn the latest trends. Realizing the pivotal role of this event, three most important industry associations such as International Hotel & Restaurant Association (IH&RA), HOTREC and European Hotel Managers Association (EHMA) have endorsed the summit. Moreover, its most senior executive who are considered the most powerful policy makers: Casimir Platzer, President, International Hotels & Restaurant Associations (IH&RA), Christian De Barrin, CEO, HOTREC, Hans E. Koch, President, European Hotel Managers Associations ( EHMA ) will address the international hospitality community during the Leaders in Hospitality Summit on the 14th – 15th of May, 2014 in Warsaw, Poland.

"The Summit provides an excellent opportunity to gain more information about an area of growing economic importance and I look forward to my participation in the event. I am especially interested in the topic and panel discussion about finding profit in "going green", since sustainability was the theme of EHMA's (European Hotel Managers Association) forthcoming general meeting in Monaco in March. Surveys, researches, opinion leaders and experts agree that an environmental and social sustainable business approach can grant an ever growing appeal to the hospitality industry since customers care more and more about eco-sustainability and green. The aim of our Association, which gathers 426 general managers of the most prestigious hotels in 29 European countries, is to improve the qualification of professionals in view of increasing the standards of services to be provided to our guests. Therefore, we discuss once a year shared themes such as new technologies, trends, issues, relations, European hotel data and market search. "Said Hans E. Koch, President, European Hotel Managers Associations (EHMA)

The European hospitality sector, together with the other tourism industries, is the 3rd largest socio-economic activity in Europe and is, therefore, critical to Europe's competitiveness and economic well-being. It is a sector consisting mainly of micro-enterprises. It is, therefore, of the utmost importance that the sector is taken seriously into account by the European Institutions when shaping EU policies and legislation. Leaders of the Hospitality CEE & CIS Summit will give a unique opportunity to meet those executives face to face representing their interests on higher political level, have the questions answered and raise the concern they might have when it comes to the industry development.

"HOTREC is the only association representing hospitality businesses in Europe, bringing together 42 national associations of 27 European countries and growing every year. The reinforced competence of the EU institutions for tourism related policies has brought new and encouraging possibilities for the building up of a competitive European tourism sector, with many interesting initiatives in the political pipeline, all under the thorough scrutiny of HOTREC Secretariat. Now more than ever, being all national associations united and speaking with a single voice is a guarantee of success and a great opportunity to advance in the direction our businesses wish" said Christian De Barrin, CEO, HOTREC

Other partners of Leaders in Hospitality CEE & CIS Summit include Ministry of the Sport & Tourism of the Republic of Poland, Warsaw Destination Alliance, Chamber of Commerce of Polish Hotel Industry, Polish Green Building Council, The Federation of Restaurateurs & Hoteliers of Russia, Russian Hotel Association, The Slovak Association of Hotels & Restaurants, The association of Hotels & Restaurants of Latvia, The Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism, The International Tourism Partnership and many others.

About Leaders in Hospitality CEE & CIS: Leaders in Hospitality CEE & CIS Summit is the only premier event for the industry that brings together leading hoteliers, key experts, real estate developers, investors, government officials and solution providers across the region. It provides invaluable opportunity to gain new market information, make new business contacts and network with the who's who of industry.

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