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Pre-Show Report - IH/M&RS, November 10-13, 2007 in New York City - 
Over 1,250 Exhibitors, Over 40 Seminars

An emphasis on all things green, the return of Destination Design and two-day, cross-market access to Cultural Food New York will highlight the 92nd annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show® (IH/M&RS), taking place November 10-13, 2007, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The hospitality industry's leading marketplace will foster networking and new business opportunities between 1,250 exhibitors and 35,000 industry professionals, as the Show presents an expansive showcase of new products, trend-focused seminars by noted experts and industry events with key players.

THE MARKET

Exhibitors, organized into vertical market categories, will showcase the newest products and services available to the hotel and restaurant industries, including food & beverage, furnishings, technology, equipment, linens, amenities, tableware, cleaning and much more. The hospitality industry's most influential buyers from hotels, restaurants, purchasing companies, owner groups, design firms, catering and specialty foodservice establishments, equipment dealerships, casinos, resorts and more will discover what is new in the industry.

"The IH/M&RS has long-been considered the premier market for discovering everything new for the industry, and the tradition continues this year. From sustainable products and luxury amenities, to foodservice equipment and new technologies, there is something here for everyone. We're looking forward to another successful market, where attendees will be inspired by new products and compelling seminars." - Christian Falkenberg, Show Manager. 

MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

New Sustainability Initiatives
In response to the growing sustainability efforts of the hospitality industry, the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show has partnered with the Green Restaurant Association and Green Lodging News to present education, new products and awards that support this trend. For the first time at the IH/M&RS, the Green Restaurant Association will present a Pavilion of sustainable products for the foodservice industry. Recognitions introduced this year will include the 1st annual Green Hotelier Award and Green Restaurateur Award. In addition, green categories will be introduced to the Editors' Choice Awards competition, recognizing the best eco-friendly new products launched within the past year in the categories of décor, essentials, luxury, restaurant and technology.

Destination Design
The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show once again will serve as a top destination for hospitality designers, as Destination Design returns following a successful debut in 2006. The program - geared towards designers as well as property owners and operators - will feature a dedicated educational track, new resources within the Show's acclaimed Luxury Product Collection and networking with top designers at the Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design breakfast ceremony.

Cultural Food New York
A collocation with Cultural Food New York - featuring Expo Comida Latina, All Asia Food and Kosherfest - will add appeal to foodservice buyers of the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show, as the markets shift dates to coincide with the IH/M&RS on Sunday, November 11, and Monday, November 12. Presented by Diversified Business Communications, Cultural Food New York is expected to attract a total of 600 unique culinary exhibitors and 12,000 buyers, creating a combined marketplace with the IH/M&RS of 1,850 exhibitors and 47,000 attendees. The IH/M&RS and Diversified Business Communications will offer reciprocal access to buyers of all four shows for increased networking opportunities and additional specialty food resources for all participants. Additional information about Cultural Food New York is available online at www.culturalfood.com/newyork. 

EDUCATION
More than 40 seminars of interest to both lodging and foodservice professionals will highlight the 92nd annual IH/M&RS, addressing such topics as sustainability, kitchen design, equipment replacement, hospitality design, technology, marketing, human resources and more. Educational sessions will begin on Saturday, November 10, 2007, with the Hospitality Leadership Forum - a full-day conference for senior level hospitality managers. Additional programs and culinary demonstrations will take place throughout Sunday, November 11, 2007, and Monday, November 12, 2007. A complete list of programs is available online at www.ihmrs.com.  

EXHIBITS AND DEMONSTRATIONS

Salon of Culinary Art

The Salon of Culinary Art will return with live cooking demonstrations, culinary competitions and more than 300 captivating "food as art" displays. The 139th annual Salon, presented by the Société Culinaire Philanthropique, will feature Master Chefs, Pastry Chefs, Bakers, Butchers, Culinarians and Apprentices from around the world competing in several categories. The exhibit showcases fancy buffet tables, decorated fish and poultry, pastry work and other creatively prepared foods. The Salon of Culinary Art will be open to the public from Sunday, November 11, 2007, though Tuesday, November 13, 2007.

Demonstration Kitchen
Sponsored by Food Arts magazine and organized by the Société Culinaire Philanthropique, the IH/M&RS Demonstration Kitchen will highlight the event lineup on Sunday, November 11, 2007, and Monday, November 12, 2007. Demonstrations will feature both pastry and traditional cooking techniques, followed by tasting of the finished products by participants. 

AWARDS

Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design
The Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design will return to the IH/M&RS to honor outstanding designers in eight categories - Restaurants/Casual Dining, Restaurants/Fine Dining, Lounge/Bar, Best Hotel Design, Guest Room, Suites, Lobby/Reception Area and Spa. Highlighting the 27th annual event will be the presentation of the "Designer of the Year" Award by Gold Key Awards sponsors Interior Design and HOTELS magazines. In addition, NEWH, the Hospitality Industry Network will present its esteemed "Icon of the Industry" distinction. Gold Key Award grand prize winners and finalists will be honored during a breakfast ceremony at New York City's Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Monday, November 12, 2007, from 7:30 - 9:30 am. The event serves as a scholarship fundraiser for NEWH, the Hospitality Industry Network. Breakfast ceremony tickets are $75.00 each, and available online at www.ihmrs.com/goldkey. 

Editors' Choice Awards
The 12th annual Editors' Choice Awards will spotlight the best new products introduced to the market in the past year, and will feature green categories for the first time. Awards will be presented in the areas of décor, essentials, luxury, restaurant (including flavors) and technology, as well as a green award within each of these categories. In addition, the "Kenneth F. Hine Best of Show" Award will spotlight the top new product on the Show floor. Editors from the leading hospitality and culinary trade publications, as well as a representative from the Green Restaurant Association and Green Lodging News, will review approximately 200 submissions and select outstanding new products based on innovative product design, how a product answers a particular industry need, creative use of material or construction, and development or use of a new technology. Winners of this coveted recognition will be announced during the Opening Ceremony, on Sunday, November 11, 2007.

SPECIAL EVENTS
Special events and networking opportunities will create additional value to Show participants and round out the market experience. Events will include the 92nd annual International Hospitality Ball on Saturday, November 10, 2007, and the popular Late Night with IH/M&RS at BB King Blues Club & Grill, on Sunday, November 11, 2007. In addition, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) will present its annual Fall Conference in conjunction with the IH/M&RS, creating additional networking opportunities for lodging professionals. A complete schedule of IH/M&RS events is available online at www.ihmrs.com. 

MARKETING PARTNERSHIPS
As a marketplace catering to the entire hospitality industry, the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show has partnered with key organizations to support member attendance, including: American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF); Culinary Institute of America (CIA); Green Lodging News; Johnson & Wales University; Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA); National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers (NABHOOD); Navy Gateway Inns and Suites Worldwide Hospitality; Société Culinaire Philanthropique; United States Air Force Services and others.

ORGANIZERS
The IH/M&RS is owned by the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association, the Hotel Association of New York City, and the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and is managed by George Little Management, LLC (GLM®).

WEBSITE
www.ihmrs.com 
 

EXHIBITOR INFORMATION
Christian Falkenberg, show manager
(914) 421-3296
christian_falkenberg@glmshows.com 

ATTENDEE INFORMATION
GLM Customer Service Department
(800) 272-SHOW (7469) or (914) 421-3206

TRAVEL INFORMATION
Travel Planners, Inc.
(800) 221-3531 or (212) 532-1600

DATES & HOURS
Saturday, November 10 9:00am - 5:00pm (Hospitality Leadership Forum)
Sunday, November 11 10:00am - 5:00pm
Monday, November 12 10:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday, November 13 10:00am - 4:00pm

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Contact:

Cate Salvatore/Melissa Gray
Contact Phone: (914) 421-3263
Contact EMail: melissa_gray@glmshows.com 
 

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Also See: Post Show Report - The 2006 International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show / November 2006
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