Estonian Hotel and Restaurant Association

A representative organisation of employers that is public, voluntary and operates on democratic principles.

EHRA Members

211 companies or associations of companies belong to the Association. Ca. 27% of all accommodation rooms in Estonia and ca. 64% of all accommodation rooms in Tallinn are members of the Association.

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Classification system

Over Europe star system Hotelstars Union came to force in Estonia on 2th of May 2011. Hotelstars Union goal is to create a common European star system to make it easier for clients to understand and find expected quality in hotels

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Awards of the Year

26th of January 1994 Mr. Dmitri Demjanov proposed to the board of EHRA to start issuing “The Tourism Company of the Year” award. On the 30th of March 1994 at members’ general assemby, award’s statute was confirmed.

First company who won the award “The Tourism Company of the Year” in 1994 was Estravel.
“The Tourism Company of the Year 1995” was given again to Estravel.

26th of November 1996 the award “The Tourism Company of the Year” was changed to “The best of the Year” annual award. According to the statute the award is given to a company or individual who acts in Estonia and who has promoted the hotel and restaurant sector of helped uplift the reputation of the industry or contributed other relevant way. Members of EHRA will select the candidates and choose the best. The award will be given out in two categories: contribution overall Estonia (republican) and contribution regional/local level. Award nominates selection is not limited by field of activity, it can be a member of EHRA as well.

Criteria’s, which must be met, by nominees of the award “The best of the Year”:

  • Long-term significant contribution for hotel and restaurant industry in Estonia of district/region level;
  • Excellent work and significant relations with Estonian hotels and restaurants – members of EHRA, contribution to hotels and restaurants sector, supporting the sector’s reputation;
  • Organizing events that have helped the entire industry and increased image;
  • Novelty and originality for solving problems and due good work helped to boost custom service at hotels and restaurants.

Procedure:

  • Each EHRA member will present 1 or 2 candidates for the annual award competition latest by the 29th of January 2018, Estonia and regional/local level apart. Please give brief reason or reference why did you choose that candidate.
  • EHRA´s Board will decide and select 3 candidates for the Estonia level and 3 for the regional/local level. The Board members can also suggest their own candidates, which must be explaned.
  • EHRA´s Board will send the selected candidates in written for all the members to choose. Every member will select one for state level and another for regional/local level.
  • The ones that get the most of the votes will get „The best of the year“ annual award at EHRAs General assembly meeting.

„The best of the year“ award winner  will be honoured by certificate.
„The best of the year“ award statute is here (in Estonian).

Awards of the Year

  • The best of the Year 1996, Tallinna Sadam
  • The best of the Year 1997, reisibüroo WRIS
  • The best of the Year 1998, Estonian Air
  • The best of the Year 1999, reisibüroo Meelismatkad
  • The best of the Year 2000, Estravel
  • The best of the Year 2001, Tallinna Ettevõtlusamet
  • 2002 no information
  • 2003 no information
  • 2004 no information

Award of the Year republican level

  • The best of the Year 2005, Rahvusvahelised Hansapäevad Tartus
  • The best of the Year 2006, KUMU
  • The best of the Year 2007, TÜ 375. aastapäeva pidustused
  • The best of the Year 2008, EAS
  • The best of the Year 2009, Tallinna Laulu- ja tantuspeo Üheshingamine
  • The best of the Year 2010, Pimedate Ööde Filmide Festival
  • The best of the Year 2012, Lennusadam
  • The best of the Year 2013, EAS Turismiarenduskeskus (Enterprise Estonia, Tourism Department)
  • The best of the Year 2014, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
  • The best of the Year 2015, Estonian Travel and Tourism Association
  • The best of the Year 2016, Estonian National Museum

Award of the Year regional level

  • The best of the Year 2005, Toomas Undusk
  • The best of the Year 2006, Pärnu linna promenaad
  • The best of the Year 2007, Aivar Ruukel & Soomaa
  • The best of the Year 2008, UMA PIDO
  • The best of the Year 2009, Tallinna Lennujaam
  • The best of the Year 2010, Teater Vanemuise
  • The best of the Year 2011, Tallinna Restoranide Nädalal
  • The best of the Year 2012, Saaremaa Ooperipäevad
  • The best of the Year 2013, Tallinna Restoranide Nädal
  • The best of the Year 2014, Teaduskeskus AHHAA
  • The best of the Year 2015, Eesti Turismifirmade Liit
  • The best of the Year 2015, Lottemaa
  • The best of the Year 2016, Miss Valentine competition in Tartu