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Gérard Pelisson, Founding Co-Chairman, Accor Among the Industry Leaders to Address IH&RA Congress Delegates;  Istanbul, Turkey November 19-22, 2004


Paris, 24 August 2004  The International Hotel & Restaurant Association ("IH&RA") is pleased to announce that it will commemorate its 41st Annual Congress in Istanbul Turkey from 19-22 November. Themed "Building Business - Building Partnerships," the Congress includes a 1-1/2 day Conference with VIP travel, tourism and hospitality industry leaders speaking on maximizing synergies with tried and true business partners, as well as new and emerging ones.

Each Conference session is dedicated to studying trends with different industry partners - from travel agents and tour operators; to airlines; to on-line 3rd party distributors; to technology suppliers; to consumers. Congress delegates will be able to contribute to the interactive Conference sessions as business trends are analyzed and forecasted by the likes of 

  • Gérard Pelisson, Founding Co-Chairman, Accor; 
  • Richard Snead, President & CEO, Carlson Restaurants Worldwide; 
  • Peter Yesawich, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown & Russell; 
  • Douglas K. Shifflet, President & CEO, D.K. Shifflet & Associates Ltd.; 
  • Mary Gostelow, President and Editor-in-Chief of; 
  • Nik Gowing, Anchor, BBC World News; ...and many more. 
IH&RA is also honoured to have the support and patronage of the Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism, HE Erkan Mumcu, who is hosting the Congress Opening Gala Ceremony where he will be addressing Congress delegates.

The IH&RA Annual Congress is a high-profile, VIP event offering three days of education and networking for international hospitality executives including: hotel and restaurant chain executives; national hospitality association executives; independent hotel and restaurant operators; services and supply companies to the hospitality industry; hospitality education professionals; and dignitaries from international organizations working with travel and tourism. The Congress also includes elegant social events, gala dinners and technical visits of the host city - Istanbul!

For information and to register (make sure to book by 30 September to get the Early Bird Discount!), see the IH&RA Congress website at: with regularly updated information on the program, speakers and a registration form to reserve today.

IH&RA - International Hotel & Restaurant Association IH&RA ( is the only global business organization representing the hospitality industry worldwide. Its members are national hotel and restaurant associations throughout the world, and international and national hotel and restaurant chains representing some 50 brands. Officially recognized by the United Nations, IH&RA monitors and lobbies all international agencies on behalf of this industry, estimated to comprise 300,000 hotels and 8 million restaurants, employ 60 million people and contribute 950 billion USD to the global economy. IH&RA offices are based in Paris, France.



Summer Jauneaud
Director of Communications
IH&RA International Hotel & Restaurant Association
Tel: + 33 (0) 1 44 88 92 24

Also See: Accor's Paul Dubrule and Gerard Pelisson Selected for Induction into the Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor and Archives / June 1999
Advisory Board Selected for Arabian Hotel Investment Conference: April 30 - May 2, 2005 / August 2004

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