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2004 IH/M&RS Gold Key Awards Competition is Open to all 
Designers of Hotels, Motels, Timeshares, Restaurants, Clubs, 
Cruise Ships, Casinos, Conference Centers and Spas

WHITE PLAINS, NY, March 19, 2004… Eight new and enhanced award categories will expand the scope of the 24th annual IH/M&RS Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design. Adding further distinction, the 2004 edition will also launch two new industry awards - “Designer of the Year,” presented by Interior Design magazine, and the Icons of Industry Scholarship Award, sponsored by Network of Executive Women in Hospitality Inc. (NEWH), The Industry Network. Presented by the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show® (IH/M&RS), and first-time sponsors Interior Design and HOTELS magazines, the Gold Key Awards recognize leading designers of restaurants and lodging properties.

Refined Gold Key award categories will expand eligibility requirements for a significant number of properties and designers. The categories include: 

  • Restaurants – Casual Dining; 
  • Restaurants – Fine Dining; 
  • Lounge/Bar; 
  • Best Hotel Design; 
  • Guest Rooms; 
  • Suites; 
  • Lobby/Reception Area and 
  • Spa. 
Descriptions of all categories can be found online after April 1, 2004 at

“We are thrilled to announce these exciting changes to the Gold Key Awards competition. The new sponsors bring greater exposure within the design community, and the new categories allow a larger number of design professionals to enter this prestigious competition,” said Christian Falkenberg, vice president and general manager.

The competition is open to all designers of hotels, motels, timeshares, restaurants, clubs, cruise ships, casinos, conference centers, spas and other hospitality facilities. A panel of distinguished designers and lodging industry professionals will serve as competition judges.

All entries must represent areas constructed or completed between January 1, 2003, and June 1, 2004. Entry fees are $150 for the first project submitted and $100 for subsequent projects. Applications are available online at, or can be requested by contacting Becky Taylor, programs & events supervisor, at (914) 421-3253, or The entry deadline is July 1, 2004.

Grand prize winners and finalists will be recognized at the IH/M&RS Gold Key Awards Breakfast Ceremony in New York City, on Monday, November 15, 2004, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Tickets for the breakfast can be purchased online at

The 89th annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show will run Saturday, November 13, through Tuesday, November 16, 2004, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Following a full-day of conference and networking activities on Saturday, November 13, the IH/M&RS will feature three days of exhibits from Sunday, November 14, though Tuesday, November 16. The market presents some 1,500 hospitality industry suppliers and attracts approximately 45,000 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.; 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: Additional information and registration is available online at, or by calling GLM’s Customer Service Department at (914) 421-3206 or (800) 272-SHOW.


Cathy Steel
Phone: (914) 421-3364

Also See: Post Show Report: 2003 International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show / November 2003
Post Show Report For International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show, November 10-13, 2001 / November 2001 
The 2000 Post Show Report - International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show / Nov 2000 

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