Press Release European Hotel Manager of the year 2014
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Press Release European Hotel Manager of the year 2014
EHMA 2014 EUROPEAN HOTEL MANAGER OF THE YEAR IS
PANOS ALMYRANTIS, FROM GREECE
The award ceremony took place in Geneva during the European Hotel Managers Association General Meeting
Panos Almyrantis and EHMA President Hans E. Koch
Every year the European Hotel Managers Association awards general managers of first class and luxury hotels
of international reputation who distinguished themselves for excellence in quality, implementation of new
strategies, financial improvement, ethical foundation of the profession, staff management and motivation.
What matters is also innovation capacity when referring to different hotel departments to manage as well as
detecting opportunities to cooperate, exchange and enhance activities in the territory where the property is
The Greek manager Panagiotis (Panos) Almyrantis, is the general manager of Daios Cove Luxury Resort and
Villas in Crete, Greece since 2010. His outstanding academic background with several recognitions was
followed by management of sales and operations departments and then to management of hotels such as
Holiday Inn Golf Resort Naples Castel Volturno in Italy (2007-2009) and King George in Athens (2009--2010)
which granted him several important awards.
The 2014 European Hotel Manager of the Year award ceremony was held in Geneva on April 18, during the Gala
Dinner of the 42nd
EHMA annual General Meeting, which took place from April 17 to 19
(www.ehmageneva2015.com). Panagiotis Almyrantis received this prestigious international recognition of
excellence from the President of the European Hotel Managers Association Hans E. Koch.
Outstanding results achieved at Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas in Crete, especially during hard times for
Greece, made Panagiotis Almyrantis deserve the EHMA award. Thanks to his strategic repositioning plan of the
resort, he has obtained exceptional results in the hotel key performance indexes.
Figures aside, Panagiotis Almyrantis, 2014 EHMA Manager of the Year, during the management of Daios Cove
obtained an impressive series of international awards and recognitions such as Global Luxury Coastal Resort
2014, World Luxury Hotel Award Europe’s Best Luxury Family Hotel 2013 and Russian Condé Nast Traveler 2013
Best Beach Hotel in the World. Daios Cove Luxury Resorts and Villas was listed in the Trip Advisor Travelers
Choice starting from 2011 and in the Quality Selection by Holiday Check in 2012 and 2013.
Evaluation and assessment of nominees for the European Hotel General Manager winners is not easy at all for
the EHMA Jury. In fact other candidates were equally valuable and deserve to be mentioned: from the Spanish
Chapter the GM of Gran Meliá Don Pepe Resort in Marbella, Saad Azzam Faris who in five years after major
works was able to reposition the property which is now one of the most prestigious resorts in Spain, from the
Swiss Chapter François Dussart, who has been leading for more than ten years the Hotel Beau-Rivage Palace
and Hotel Angleterre & Residence in Lausanne and took care of a the hotel SPA and restaurant openings
together with important refurbishments and from the Italian chapter the GM of Gritti Palace in Venice, Paolo
Lorenzoni who supervised an important renovation, relaunched and enhanced the so-called emerging cosmocrat
EHMA in brief
EHMA was founded in Rome in 1974 by a small group of top quality hotel properties general managers of the
Italian capital. The European Hotel Managers Association aims to improve qualification of professionals through
training in view of increasing the standards of services to be provided to guests.
At present the Association gathers about 438 general managers of the most prestigious hotels in 29 countries
that make a total of 350 represented hotels, 92,000 rooms, and 72,000 employees. Members meet once a year
to discuss about shared themes such as: new technologies, trends, issues, relations, European hotel data and
market search. EHMA admission requires a minimum of ten years’ experience in the hotel sector, three of which
as hotel general manager of outstanding international deluxe hotel properties.
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