HOTREC and Hotelstars Union welcome as its new member the Liechtenstein Hotel & Gastronomy Association (LHGV)
The Hague, 5 November 2015 – On the occasion of its 71st General Assembly, HOTREC, the business association representing the European hospitality industry, welcomed as a new member the Liechtenstein Hotel & Gastronomy Association (LHGV). At the same occasion Liechtenstein also signed the Hotelstars Union (HSU) Adhesion Contract and has thus become the sixteenth member of the stars family.
We warmly welcome the Liechtenstein Hotel & Gastronomy Association (LHGV). Liechtenstein extends the HOTREC family to 43 national associations increasing, thus, its representativeness as the voice of the European hospitality industry” said Ms. Susanne Kraus-Winkler, President of HOTREC. “With new members, HOTREC strengthens even more its position as a key interlocutor before the European institutions on a wide range of policy issues impacting directly or indirectly the industry in Europe” concluded Ms. Kraus-Winkler.
“We are very pleased to become a member of HOTREC. The hospitality industry is a key sector to our Principality, therefore, joining HOTREC will place us in a better position to represent and defend the interests of our industry” said Dr. Marcello Scarnato, LHGV Board Member “We have been following HOTREC affairs for the last months and we are impressed by the quality services developed by HOTREC for its members. We are eager to start working together with the other HOTREC members on European hospitality related matters and to start exchanging views on the opportunities and challenges that the tourism sector currently encounters. In addition, being a Member of HSU is an important step for our hotels to enhance international competitiveness and comparability”, added Dr. Scarnato.
HSU President, Ákos Niklai, is delighted about the accession and states: “We are happy about Liechtenstein’s entry into HSU. Hotel classification provides security and orientation for guests and quality assurance for hoteliers”.
LHGV will officially join HOTREC membership as of 9 November 2015. With this new member, HOTREC extends its representation to 43 national associations in 29 different European countries, demonstrating its success as the European umbrella association representing the interest of hotels, restaurants, cafés and similar establishments before the EU institutions.
Under the patronage of HOTREC – Hospitality Europe - the hotels associations of Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland have created the Hotelstars Union. In the meantime Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Malta joined the star family. Their product is a harmonised criteria catalogue for hotel classification, to provide the guest and hotelier more transparency and security. For detailed information please visit www.hotelstars.eu.
HOTREC represents the hotel, restaurant and café industry at European level. This industry includes around 1,8 million businesses, of which 99% are small and medium sized enterprises (91% of them micro enterprises, i.e. employing fewer than 10 people). These businesses make up some 59% of industry value added. The hospitality industry provides some 10.2 million jobs in the EU alone. Together with the other tourism industries, the sector is one of the largest industries in Europe. HOTREC brings together 42 national associations representing the sector in 28 different European countries.