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 A Wide Range of Educational Offerings and Entertainment Planned for the
35,000 Lodging and Foodservice Professionals Attending the International
Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show Starting November 12, 2005 at
New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

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WHITE PLAINS, NY, September 16, 2005…From a new after-hours networking party to a demonstration of cooking techniques and an inspirational keynote by a courageous Rwandan hotelier, a wide range of educational offerings and entertainment has been planned for the benefit of the 35,000 lodging and foodservice professionals attending the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show® (IH/M&RS), Saturday, November 12, through Tuesday, November 15, 2005, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. 

“This year’s offerings have been carefully designed to educate, entertain and inspire, and our line-up includes something for everyone involved in the hospitality industry,” said Christian Falkenberg, show manager.  “This year, we’re especially pleased that certification of our programming – by both the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and the American Culinary Federation (ACF) – adds extra benefit for attendees.”

The program begins on Saturday, November 12, with a full-day of conference and networking activities at the Javits Center, and ACF Practical Testing at the Art Institute of New York City.  Advance registration for both of these fee-based events is required. Visit www.ihmrs.com for details.

Seminars continue, from Sunday, November 13, through Tuesday, November 15, with some 40 sessions certified for continuing education hours through both the American Culinary Federation and the Educational Institute of AH&LA.  Topics include: “Management in Crisis;” “Winning Strategies in Selling to the Hospitality Industry;” “Spa Cuisine Scales New Heights;” “The New Techno-Marketing;” “Security, Loss Prevention & Security: Are you Ready?” and “Hot, Hot, Hot… Cocktails, Gourmet Dining & Ultra Lounges.”  

Notable returning events include the 2nd Annual Hospitality Leadership Forum, the 5th annual IH/M&RS Restaurant Futurists, the IH/M&RS Demonstration Kitchen and the 25th annual IH/M&RS Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design.  These signature activities will be complemented by the launch of a new after-hours networking event, “Late Night with IH/M&RS,” as well as a broad range of exhibits and networking opportunities.

Registration charges apply for the Hospitality Leadership Forum, ACF Practical Testing, Late Night with IH/M&RS and the IH/M&RS Gold Key Awards Breakfast.  All other seminars and events are free with an IH/M&RS badge.  Complete seminar and event details, and pricing information, is available online at www.ihmrs.com.  

The 2005 Hospitality Leadership Forum

Hotelier Paul Rusesabagina, the real-life inspiration for the movie Hotel Rwanda, will deliver the keynote presentation at the 2005 Hospitality Leadership Forum, a pre-show trend conference of educational programming for upper level hospitality management on Saturday, November 12.  Rusesabagina will relay his experience as the assistant manager of the Hotel des Mille Collines in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.  The Hospitality Leadership Forum will feature a total of 12 programs, including a CEO Leadership Panel, a U.S. Lodging Industry Outlook Panel led by hospitality industry visionaries and eight other sessions addressing career development, technology, design, crisis management, sales & marketing and more.  Tickets, which cost $119 per person, are available online at www.ihmrs.com.

ACF Practical Testing

For the first time, the IH/M&RS and American Culinary Federation have partnered to offer ACF Certification Practical Exams during the market.  Testing will be administered by representatives of the International Chefs Association (ICA)-ACF Big Apple Chapter on Saturday, November 12, at the Art Institute of New York City.  For information and fees, visit www.ihmrs.com. 

IH/M&RS Restaurant Futurists 

An eagerly-anticipated annual program, the 5th annual IH/M&RS Restaurant Futurists will feature a total of nine presentations and educational lectures covering cutting-edge culinary information in a new presentation format that encourages extended discourse and hands-on presentations.  Sponsored by Food Arts magazine and titled “New Directions – The Hot Buttons: Flavor Directions, Research and Development, Sustainability, Technology and Education,” the sessions will address emerging cuisine trends, culinary research and development and educational issues.  As an added benefit, attendees will be able to receive ACF continuing education hours for all IH/M&RS Restaurant Futurists sessions in 2005. 

IH/M&RS Demonstration Kitchen

The IH/M&RS Demonstration Kitchen will feature both pastry and traditional cooking demonstrations, during which chefs prepare a chosen specialty and offer tastings of the finished products.  The program, which takes place on Sunday, November 13 and Monday, November 14, will include demonstrations of “new directions” in Healthy, Asian and Latin flavors, pastry classics, and a showcase of talent from the International Chefs Association (ICA)-ACF Big Apple Chapter.

Late Night with IH/M&RS

A new event, Late Night with IH/M&RS, will take place at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill on Sunday, November 13, giving attendees a taste of the vibrant New York City nightlife.   The after-hours networking event will feature live music with Dr. K’s Motown Review, hors d’oeuvres, dessert and an open bar with beer and wine.  Running from 9:00 p.m. to midnight, Late Night with IH/M&RS will bring together members of the industry, from hotel and restaurant executives to industry suppliers.  Tickets, which cost $40 per person, are available online at www.ihmrs.com.

25th Annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design 

The design industry will gather at the 25th annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design, to celebrate grand prize winners in eight competition categories – as well as a special “Designer of the Year” presentation to the Starwood Design Group – on Monday, November 14, at the Mandarin Oriental New York.  The Gold Key Awards are presented by the IHM&RS and sponsored by Interior Design and HOTELS magazines.  Tickets, which cost $75 per person, are available online at www.ihmrs.com.  Proceeds from the Awards Breakfast will benefit the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality (NEWH) Scholarship Fund.  

The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association; the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc.; the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association, and is managed by George Little Management, LLC (GLM?).  The market presents some 1,400 hospitality industry suppliers and attracts approximately 35,000 in total trade attendance.
For IH/M&RS exhibitor information, contact Christian Falkenberg, show manager, at GLM, Ten Bank Street, White Plains, NY 10606-1954.  Telephone (914) 421-3296.  Fax (914) 948-6180.  E-mail: christian_falkenberg@glmshows.com.  Additional information and registration is available online at www.ihmrs.com, or by contacting GLM’s Customer Service Department at (914) 421-3206 or (800) 272-SHOW.

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Contact:

Cathy Steel 
(914) 421-3258
cathy_steel@glmshows.com
www.ihmrs.com

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Also See: Hotelier Paul Rusesabagina, the Real-life Inspiration for the Movie Hotel Rwanda, Will Deliver the Keynote Presentation at the 2005 IH/M&RS Hospitality Leadership Forum / August 2005
The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show Expanding Culinary and Spa Resources in November, 2005 with Two Established Trade Shows / February 2005


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