EuroCHRIE Federation News & Updates
The 34th annual EuroCHRIE conference was held in the fascinating and beautiful city of Budapest from 26 - 28 October 2016 and we welcomed almost 300 delegates from over 40 different countries! It was a record for us to witness the diversity and that really made the conference a very special one indeed!
Our host, Budapest Metropolitan University, led by the very capable Dr Laszlo Puczko and Dr Melanie Smith pulled out all the stops by bringing alive the conference theme of “Wellness” within the Hospitality, Tourism and Events industry.
From the fantastic keynote speakers, to the engaging workshops, interactive symposiums, cutting edge research papers and friendly social events, the three days were packed with numerous activities that refreshed our body, mind, soul and spirit!
A special mention about the Gala evening at the spectacular Gellert Baths and the fact that it was the first time that the EuroCHRIE Awards Dinner was held in one of the oldest spas in the world made it that much more memorable. Congratulations again to all our worthy award winners - pictures can be found at http://www.eurochrie.org/budapest-2016/awards/
I reflected on the conference and personally took away the most from keynote speakers Franz Linser and Jeremy McCarthy. There was a common message between both speakers encouraging us to slow down, disconnect and take time to enjoy the “now”. Having been traveling for almost 200 days this year, I identified with that timely message.
Looking at what we have “now”, EuroCHRIE as an organization has come a long way. Our reputation is strong, we are financially sound and our members are well regarded in the international community - an example of this is Dr Maureen Brooke’s “Combat Human Trafficking” toolkit that is available on www.eurochrie.org.
Our efforts to reach out and keep pushing boundaries have yielded positive results but we must not rest on our laurels. Hence, it is with great pride that I announce that we have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the prestigious “Hospitality Asset Managers Association, Middle East & Africa (HAMA - MEA)”. This partnership with HAMA - MEA is a win-win and will provide our members with unprecedented access to key individuals within the Asset Management world and also enable our students to have a deeper understanding of Asset Management as a career path.
Looking ahead to 2017, we will again be breaking new grounds by “Reaching the Unreached and Touching the Untouched”. The EuroCHRIE Conference will be making its debut in the African continent in Nairobi, Kenya from 23 - 25 October 2017. Preparations are well on the way and if there’s only one conference that you’re attending in 2017, I would recommend that you visit www.eurochrie17.org to find out more and to register.
Friends, we wish you the very best in the coming year and if there’s anything that we can do better, please let us know - feel free to contact us on email@example.com
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