Dieter Huckestein, Chairman & CEO, Conrad Hotels, Elected President
only international hotel and restaurant industry association
Paris, 29 November 2005…The International Hotel & Restaurant Association (IH&RA) has ushered in a new Board of Directors following elections conducted at the association’s Annual General Assembly held last month alongside the IH&RA 42nd Annual Congress in Beijing, China. This distinguished group is comprised of leaders from international hotel and restaurant chains, chief executives of national hotel and restaurant associations worldwide, a representative of independent hotels and IH&RA Worldwide partners. The Board also includes Regional Vice Presidents to ensure full worldwide representation at the IH&RA helm. This new Board of Directors will direct the association from now and throughout the year in 2006 when IH&RA will celebrate its 60th anniversary as the only trade association representing the hospitality industry worldwide. The Board of Directors includes:
THE IH&RA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
ALSO ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Regional Vice Presidents
National Association Representatives
Chairman of National Association Chief Executive Committee
Chains Council Representatives
Chain Restaurants Representative
The IH&RA Board of Directors oversees the association’s advocacy work to identify threats and to send early warning signals about possible legislation and regulation emanating from international policy making agencies which could affect hotel and restaurant operations and profitability. The Board of Directors also monitors the work of IH&RA’s specialized Global Councils which are formed to confront challenges facing hotel and restaurant operators in their day-to-day operations looking at issues such as: e-commerce and e-marketing; human resources and training; crisis and risk management and prevention; food service and corporate social responsibility. This Board of Directors is also instrumental in strengthening IH&RA’s strategic partnerships with industry suppliers, educational institutes and the media.
The IH&RA Board of Directors will next meet in person on 9 March 2006 in Berlin, following an 8 March meeting of the IH&RA National Association Chief Executive Council and the IH&RA Chains Council. These meetings will be held at the Maritim Berlin Hotel alongside the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) and ITB Berlin. On the evening of 8 March 2006, IH&RA, the German Hotels Association (IHA) and Maritim Hotels will host a VIP reception for all IH&RA members and IHIF delegates at the Maritim Berlin Hotel in celebration of the association’s 60th Anniversary. These March events will then be followed by the IH&RA 43rd Annual Congress to take place in New Delhi, India in November 2006, preceded by a one-day “Hospitality Educators Forum” for educational institutes and training schools for the industry (dates to be announced shortly).
IH&RA National Association Chief Executives Council Meeting
IH&RA Chains Council Meeting
IH&RA, German Hotels Association (IHA) & Maritim Hotels Evening
IH&RA Board of Directors Meeting
IH&RA Foundation for the Future Trustees Meetings
IH&RA Hospitality Educators Forum
IH&RA 43rd Annual Congress
Founded in 1946, the International Hotel & Restaurant Association (IH&RA – www.ih-ra.com) is the only global business organization representing the hospitality industry worldwide. Its members are national hotel and restaurant associations, international and national hotel and restaurant chains, independent operators and worldwide partners including hospitality suppliers, consultants, educators and the media. Officially recognized by the United Nations, IH&RA is an active international observer that identifies threats, sends early warning signals and mounts opposition to all initiatives that could lead to costly legislation and unnecessary regulation.
Summer Jauneaud, Director of Communications
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