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Twenty Hotels and Restaurants with Compelling Design Elements
Named as Finalists for the Annual Gold Key Awards for
Excellence in Hospitality Design
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David Rockwell to be Honored as ‘Designer of the Year’ 
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WHITE PLAINS, NY, August 21, 2006…Twenty hospitality properties, featuring innovative themes and compelling design elements, have been named as finalists for the 26th annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design.  The finalists were selected from 150 submissions representing 76 design firms and properties in 19 countries, making this year’s Awards the most diverse and competitive to date.  The finalists and winners – as well as the “Designer of the Year” – will be honored at the Gold Key Awards Breakfast, held during the 91st annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show® (IH/M&RS), on Monday, November 13, 2006, 7:30 – 9:30 am, at New York City’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

The 2006 Gold Key Awards finalists are:

Best Hotel Design
• Architrave (Singapore) for Banyan Tree Ringha (Jian Tang, China)
• Wilson & Associates (Dallas, TX) for Park Hyatt Dubai (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
• Yabu Pushelberg (New York, NY) for St. Regis Hotel (San Francisco, CA)
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Banyan Tree Ringha
Jian Tang, China

St. Regis Hotel
San Francisco, CA

Park Hyatt Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Guest Room
• Clausen-Chewning Interior Design (Atlanta, GA) for Prince De Galles Paris (Paris, France)
• Sol Meliá Hotels & Resorts and E. eG DiVeroli (Rome, Italy) for Senso Room, Hotel Melia Roma Aurelia Antica (Rome, Italy)
• Studio Gaia (New York, NY) for Busan Paradise Hotel (Busan, Korea)

Lobby/Reception
• Rockwell Group (New York, NY) for Carlton Hotel (New York, NY)
• Derby Hotels Collection (Barcelona, Spain) for Hotel Urban (Madrid, Spain)
• Yabu Pushelberg (New York, NY) for St. Regis Hotel (San Francisco, CA)

Lounge/Bar
• Hotel Design Consultants (Los Angeles, CA) for OnIce Bar, Westin Excelsior (Rome, Italy)
• Wilson & Associates (Dallas, TX) for Park Hyatt Dubai (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
• Zeff Design (New York, NY) for Social Hollywood (Los Angeles, CA)

Restaurants – Causal Dining
• Alan Chan Design Company and Steve Leung Designers, Ltd. (Hong Kong, China) for MX (Hong Kong, China)
• Graft, LLC (Los Angeles, CA) for Stack, Mirage Casino (Las Vegas, NV)
• Studio Gaia (New York, NY) for Corporate Cafeteria (New York, NY)

Restaurants – Fine Dining
• David Collins Studio (London, England) for Nobu Berkeley (London, England)
• Rockwell Group (New York, NY) for Country, Café and Dining Room (New York, NY)
• Yabu Pushelberg (New York, NY) for FIN Restaurant, MGM Mirage (Las Vegas, NV)

Spa
• Anderson Miller, Ltd. (Birmingham, MI) for Ritz Carlton (Laguna Niguel, CA)
• Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects (Portland, OR) for Salishan Spa (Gleneden Beach, OR)
• Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Spa Division and Remedios Siembieda (Hong Kong, China) for The Oriental Spa, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental (Hong Kong, China)

Suite
• Anderson Miller, Ltd. (Birmingham, MI) for Arena Suite, Four Seasons Resort (Punta Mita, Nayarit, Mexico)
• Architrave (Singapore) for Banyan Tree Ringha (Jian Tang, China)
• Studio Gaia (New York, NY) for Busan Paradise Hotel (Busan, Korea)

“The finalists for this year’s Gold Key Awards represent cutting-edge design firms from around the world that are setting trends in hospitality design,” said Christian Falkenberg, show manager.  “We were pleased to see 19 countries participate this year, demonstrating the worldwide significance of these prestigious Awards.”

Countries represented among the 150 submissions were Canada, China, England, Finland, France, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Turks and Caicos, United Arab Emirates and the United States. 

Judges for the 2006 Gold Key Awards were Carol Rusche Bentel, Bentel & Bentel; John Bricker, Gensler; Sam Kapadia, Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel; Tony May, Tony May Group, San Domenico New York; and Ellis O’Connor, The Peninsula New York.  Finalists were selected based on aesthetic appeal, practicality and functionality of design.

Gold Key Awards sponsors HOTELS and Interior Design magazines will present David Rockwell with the “Designer of the Year” distinction during the breakfast ceremony.  Rockwell was selected for this honor based on his dedication and significant contributions to the field of hospitality design.  His work is seen in world class hotels such as the W New York, Art’otel in London and the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, and at world-renown restaurants, bars and clubs, such as New York City’s Monkey Bar, Nobu, Sushi-Zen, Ruby Foo’s and Serafina. 

In addition, NEWH, Inc., the Hospitality Industry Network will present the Icon of Industry Award to Maya Romanoff, artist, inventor and director of the Maya Romanoff Corporation, and leading creator of innovative wall covering and surfacing materials impacting the world of design.  A $5,000 scholarship will be presented in his name to an exemplary student specializing in the hospitality industry.

Tickets for the Gold Key Awards Breakfast are $75 each, and available online at www.ihmrs.com/goldkey/breakfast.html, or by sending a check, payable to the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show, to IH/M&RS Gold Key Awards, Attention Becky Taylor, George Little Management, LLC, Ten Bank Street, White Plains, NY 10606-1954.  For additional information, contact Becky Taylor, at (914) 421-3253.  The Gold Key Awards Breakfast will take place on Monday, November 13, 2006, 7:30 – 9:30 am, at New York City’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

The 91st annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show will run Saturday, November 11, through Tuesday, November 14, 2006, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  Following a full-day of conference and networking activities on Saturday, November 11, the IH/M&RS will feature three full days of exhibits from Sunday, November 12, through Tuesday, November 14.  The market presents some 1,400 hospitality industry suppliers and attracts approximately 35,000 in total trade attendance.

The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc., and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association; and is managed by George Little Management, LLC (GLM®). 

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.  For attendee information, contact GLM’s Customer Service Department at (914) 421-3206 or (800) 272-SHOW.  Additional information and registration is available online at www.ihmrs.com.

Contact:

The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show
www.ihmrs.com

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Also See: Twenty-three Finalists and the “Designer of the Year” – the Starwood Design Group – Named for the 25th Annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design / August 2005
Banyan Tree Opening Luxury Resort in China's Yunnan Province, the Banyan Tree Ringha / July 2005
IH/M&RS Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design; Best Hotel Design - KMD Mexico for W Mexico City / November 2004

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