You are here:

European Hospitality Foundation

Co-founded by:  

The European Hospitality Foundation (EHF) was created in 2006 and its objective is to finance non-profit projects related to HOTREC's activities.

This objective should be realised by the following activities:

  • Assistance with the establishment and/or the improvement of the operation of the professional associations of the hotel, restaurant and café industry;
  • Assistance to the professional associations to allow them to participate in HOTREC;
  • Organisation of exchanges of trainees, scholarships and awards;
  • Studies to improve the knowledge of the industry; and
  • Support for events promoting the image of the hotel, restaurant and café industry.

The EHF has organised the following conferences:

  • " Social Media Training" (2017) - Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the impact of social media on communication and advocacy ‘activities and the role social media plays among the existing communication tools, and how to make it effective; 
  • "How to apply for EU Runding: call for tenders/ call for proposals" (2014) - The objective of this event was to explain how can Associations apply for call for tenders/ call for proposals at the EU level taking into account the increased interest on this matter from HOTREC Members Associations; 
  • "Understanding and lobbying the EU decision-making process" (2012) -Participants had the possibility of increasing their knowledge on how do the EU institutions work and why is lobby a vital step to influence the EU decision-making. This training included a visit to the European Parliament.
  • "Access to financial resources by national associations representing the hospitality sector” (2011) – The objective of the seminar was to discuss how national associations representing the hospitality sector could better access financial resources. Press Release 
  • "Lobbying EU Institutions training project” (2008) – Participants had the opportunity to learn more about the EU institutions, the institutional procedures and the organisation of the lobbying activities in Brussels;

European Hospitality Foundation Award 

The European Hospitality Foundation Award is delivered twice a year during the HOTREC General Assembly to a personality who has contributed, in a remarkable manner, and for a significant number of years to the activities of the hospitality industry

The EHF award was designed by Miquel Planas, famous artist and chairman of the Sculpture Department of Fine Arts of the Fine Arts Faculty of Barcelona. 

EHF Awardees

2017 October Lieve and Peter Goossens (Belgium)

April Anne Samlik (Estonia)

2016 October  Alfred Pisani (Malta)

April Ján Bočkay (Slovakia)

2015 October Marcel van Aelst (the Netherlands)

April Camille Leweck (Luxembourg)

2014 October Imants Lancmanis (Latvia)

April Carlo Cracco (Italy)

2013 October  Manolis Korres (Greece)


Evalda Šiškauskienė (Lithuania)

2012 October Moya Doherty (Ireland)

April Costakis Loizou (Cyprus)

2011 October Georg Sorensen (Danemark)

April Jean-Jacques Gauer (Switzerland)

2010 October  Akos Niklai (Hungary)

2009 October Gabriel Escarrer Juliá and Ferran Adria i Acosta (Spain)

May Mathias Dahlgren (Sweden)

2008 November Rostislav  Vondruska (Czech Republic)

April Renaud Dutreil (France)

2007 September Gediminas Miškinis (Lithuania)