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 The IH&RA 43rd Annual Congress Set for Buenos Aires October 26-29, 2006; 
Will Host its First Ever Hospitality Human Resources Development Forum
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Paris, France 26 April 2006 - Mark Your Calendars for the IH&RA 43rd Annual Congress, Hospitality Takes Center Stage, to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 26-29 October 2006 at the Sheraton Park Tower Hotel Buenos Aires, a member of The Luxury Collection. 

IH&RA CEO David McMillan recently met with the Vice President of the Republic of Argentina, Dr. Daniel Scioli, and leaders from three hotel and restaurant associations of Argentina: Mr. Alberto Alvarez Argüelles, President of the Federation of Hotels and Restaurants Enterprises of the Argentine Republic (F.E.H.G.R.A), Mr Juan Mirrena, Vice President of the Association of Hotels of Tourism, and Mr. Ricardo Boente President of the Association of Hotels, Restaurants, and Cafes of Capital Federal, to begin preparations for this event which promises to be truly memorable…with Argentina pulling out all the stops for IH&RA. 
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Left to Right: Alberto Alvarez Argüelles (Presidente de la federacion Empresaria Hotelera Gastronomica de la Republica Argentina), David McMillan (IH&RA CEO), Lic. Jorge Busquets (Asesor de FEHGRA)
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Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, is one of the world’s cultural hot spots – an elegant city combining European-flair with Latin American vitality. It is a perfect venue for IH&RA’s forthcoming annual event and spectacular Argentina, the world’s 8th largest country, is a gateway to Latin America, a prime market for hospitality development and growth; a region known for the warmth and passion of its people; a perfect meeting place for IH&RA Congress delegates, hospitality leaders and star performers from all over the globe. 

New in 2006 - Business and Education come together! To kick off the Congress in Buenos Aires on Friday 27 October IH&RA will host its first ever Hospitality Human Resources Development Forum. Professors and administrators of hospitality schools and human resource directors of hospitality chains and independent operations will come face-to-face for an intensive one-day session to dialogue and present current hospitality industry trends and implications for education, training and Human Resources Development. 
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The International Hotel & Restaurant Association (IH&RA) is pleased to announce the 2006 IH&RA Human Resources Development Forum with the theme: Education and Industry Partnerships in Hospitality Industry.  The Forum will take place on 27 October 2006 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in conjunction with the 43rd IH&RA Congress 26-29 October 2006.

In recent years, the global hospitality industry has witnessed remarkable growth and a corresponding need for development of human resources capacity. IH&RA foresees the need for increased cooperation and partnership between educators and the industry-at-large in order to build human resource capacity and at the same time promote the sustainable development of the hospitality industry. This one day Forum is intended to foster an open dialogue and exchange of ideas between practitioners and academia on critical success factors for human resources development, training and education in global hospitality industry. 

Who Should Attend the Forum?

  •   Hospitality educators, academics and teachers at all levels of education
  •   Hotel, Restaurant and Hospitality industry executives and employers
  •   Researchers and consultants
  •   Administrators of hospitality/tourism education and training institutions
  •   Government officials in tourism administration
  •   Destination managers
  •   Hospitality business trainers and recruiters
  •   And others with interest in HRD/education/training in hospitality and tourism industry
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Hospitality Takes Center Stage! The curtain will then rise for the IH&RA Congress, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October. This features a dynamic Conference programme where a stellar line-up of the world's hospitality industry leaders will identify threats and opportunities for the global hospitality industry; new developments, trends and innovations around the world. And for the second act: forecasts for the hospitality industry in a globalized world.

Standing Ovation! As it takes two to tango – this year IH&RA and the Association of Hotels, Restaurants, and Cafes of Capital Federal (the Hospitality Association of Buenos Aires) are marking two important milestones together: IH&RA’s 60th Anniversary and the 100th anniversary of the Association of Hotels, Restaurants, and Cafes of Capital Federal – Don’t miss the show.

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Contact:

Summer Jauneaud, Director of Communications
IH&RA – International Hotel & Restaurant Association
Tel: + 33 (0) 1 44 88 92 24
jauneaud@ih-ra.com
www.ih-ra.com

Also See: The International Hotel & Restaurant Association Elects New Board of Directors; Dieter Huckestein, Chairman & CEO, Conrad Hotels, Elected President / December 2005

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