|July 15, 2008 - Cutting-edge new products, seminars addressing
hot button topics and networking opportunities with industry trend-setters
will define the 93rd annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant
Show® (IH/M&RS), taking place November 8-11, 2008, at New York
City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. More than 1,250 exhibitors will
draw a crowd of 35,000 professionals to the industry's top market for trend
discovery and professional development.
With an impressive roster of high profile industry leaders, owners
and operators in attendance, the IH/M&RS is the premier venue for purchasing
decisions, networking with key decision makers and information sharing.
Exhibitors representing all vertical markets within the hospitality industry
- including food and beverage, furnishings, technology, equipment, linens,
amenities, tableware, cleaning and more - will showcase their innovative
products and services to the industry's most influential buyers, including
lodging and restaurant owners and operators, purchasing companies, owner
groups, design firms, catering and specialty foodservice establishments,
equipment dealerships, casinos, resorts and more.
"The IH/M&RS is the top annual opportunity for industry leaders
to learn business trends, make key purchasing decisions, and gain perspective
from colleagues. This is the market to not only source new and exciting
products, but to gain insight from the industry's elite."
- Lynn White, Show Manager
With awareness of sustainable products, "green" operations and the
carbon footprint of properties at an all-time high, the IH/M&RS will
offer support of the environmental movement both on and off the Show floor.
A keynote presentation will be presented by former U.S. Green Building
Council President and CEO Christine Ervin, while breakout seminars will
address the latest environmental trends and issues facing the industry.
In addition, the return of the Green Restaurant Association Pavilion and
eco-friendly Editors' Choice Awards will call attention to must-see products
on the Show floor.
The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show once again will
serve as a top destination for hospitality designers, as Destination Design
returns for a third consecutive year to 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.
Key Industry Groups
Supporting its reputation as a high profile market attracting special
interest groups, the 2008 IH/M&RS will serve as a meeting venue for
two new groups recently formed by the American Hotel & Lodging Association
- Under 30 Gateway and Women in Lodging. Both groups will convene in New
York City during the IH/M&RS and will each present a seminar addressing
a topic of interest to their demographic. In addition, the US Air Force
and US Navy will send more than 500 attendees from their base lodges around
the world to the Show for purchasing, education and networking opportunities.
More than 40 seminars of interest to both lodging and foodservice professionals
will highlight the 93rd annual IH/M&RS, addressing such topics as sustainability,
design, technology, sales and marketing, human resources and more. Educational
sessions will begin on Saturday, November 8, 2008, 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 9, 2008, and Monday, November 10, 2008. A complete list
of programs will be available online at www.ihmrs.com, beginning in September.
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 140th 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 relocate to the main Show floor in 2008, drawing attention
to this top attraction of the IH/M&RS.
Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality
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 28th annual event will be the presentation of the "Designer of the
Year" Award by Gold Key Awards sponsors Interior Design and HOTELS magazines,
as well as the Icon of Industry Award, presented this year to Roger Milliken
by NEWH, Inc., the Hospitality Industry Network. 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 10, 2008, from
7:30 - 9:30 am. The event serves as a scholarship fundraiser for NEWH.
Tickets are $75.00 each, and available online at www.ihmrs.com/goldkey.
Editors' Choice Awards
The 13th annual Editors' Choice Awards will spotlight the best new
products introduced to the market in the past year. Awards will be presented
in the areas of décor, essentials, luxury, restaurant (including
flavors) and technology, as well as an eco-friendly equivalent to 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 foodservice trade publications, as well as a representative
from the Green Restaurant Association, 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
at 9:45 am, on Sunday, November 9, 2008.
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 GLM®, a dmg world media
Lynn White, show manager
GLM Customer Relations
(800) 272-SHOW (7469) or (914) 421-3206
Travel Planners, Inc.
(800) 221-3531 or (212) 532-1600
DATES & HOURS
Saturday, November 8
Sunday, November 9
Monday, November 10
Tuesday, November 11 9:00am - 5:00pm (Hospitality Leadership Forum)
10:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 4:00pm
Issued: White Plains, NY, July 14, 2008.