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 Post Show Report - The 2004
International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show


White Plains, NY, November 23, 2004 - The 2004 International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show (IH/M&RS), featuring a new streamlined three-day exhibit format, preceded by two high level conferences for lodging and foodservice professionals, was enthusiastically endorsed by market participants. Led by record spending from military base lodging representatives, the 2004 IH/M&RS also reinforced the Show�s enormous buying power and further added to the market�s positive momentum. New initiatives, including the Hospitality Leadership Forum and Luxury Product Collection, exceeded all expectations in terms of educational and resourcing opportunities, while returning programs, including the Editors� Choice Awards, honored the market�s outstanding innovations. Running November 13-16, 2004, the 89th IH/M&RS featured 1,400 exhibitors, including 291 first-time participants, at New York City�s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.


The IH/M&RS featured 1,400 exhibitors in six targeted market categories � Décor, Technology, Restaurant, Flavors, Essentials and Luxury. The Show featured more than 40 educational seminars for lodging and hospitality professionals, a culinary center with live cooking demonstrations and countless networking opportunities. Some 35,000 attendees participated.

Post Show Statistics

Number of Exhibiting Companies 1,400 1,400 1,600 1,650 1,925
Net Square Feet of Exhibit Space 218,446 235,000 266,000 285,000 335,340
Buyer Registration n/a n/a 22,715 19,980 28,568
Total Trade Attendance 35,223 40,443 43,393 36,873 56,000

� �New� was the buzz word at the 2004 IH/M&RS. From new exhibitors and products, to new seminars and educational conferences, the market was all about innovation and creativity. This year, the new format generated greater attendee density on the floor each day, and added to the market�s overall success. The level of buying activity reported at the Show indicates a prosperous year ahead for the entire hospitality industry.�

-Christian Falkenberg, show manager

ExhIbitor Feedback

�As a first-time exhibitor, it was a fantastic show. This is a great new market for us.� 

-Erik Nilsson, Northern Feather Canada, Ltd. (Delta, British Columbia, Canada)

�The Show has been very productive. The three-day show format works well for us and we are very pleased with our location�combining the food products and the equipment works really well. This seems like a whole new Show for us, with exactly the kind of customers  we�re looking for.�

-Tim Howard, New Carbon Co. Inc. (South Bend, IN)

�This has been an amazing show. We loved the Luxury Product Collection;  it really states to the customer that we have brought something special to the Show. We�ve seen many of the big operators�which is our core customer base�and these people are really buying.�

-Deborah Herman Romano, Fabric Innovations (Miami, FL)

�Traffic has been swift.  We have a lot of great leads.�

-Don Clark, Comcast Electronics (Philadelphia, PA)


Hospitality Leadership Forum

More than 500 lodging professionals attended the all-new Hospitality Leadership Forum, a full-day conference for the hospitality industry, Saturday, November 13, at the Javits Center. The event featured two lodging sessions, an Industry Summit and an Industry Outlook, as well as a keynote luncheon with Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala, co-hosts of CNN�s Crossfire. Concurrent breakout sessions covered government advocacy; leadership skills; lodging food and beverage; sales and marketing; diversity; and technology.

Restaurant Futurists Power Circles

A sold-out crowd of more than 75 culinary professionals attended �Food Arts Power Circles: Masters of the Future, Keepers of the Flame,� a revolutionary, full day educational event, complete with seminars and a three course lunch at The French Culinary Institute, on Saturday, November 13, 2004. Charter participants included representatives from The American Culinary Federation; American Institute of Wine & Food; The Culinary Institute of America; Distinguished Restaurants of North America; French Culinary Institute; International Council on Hotel Restaurant and Institution Education; Johnson & Wales University; New American Farmer Initiative; Research Chefs of America; and Women Chefs & Restaurateurs. 

Luxury Product Collection

Located within the Décor section of the Show, the new Luxury Product Collection highlighted the growing luxury segment of the hospitality and lodging industries. Featuring 46 manufacturers, this new focus area showcased deluxe furniture, linens, amenities, tableware and other hospitality-related items.  Charter companies included both first-time exhibitors and long-time participants, including Anichini, Asiaphile / Via Motif, Brintons Carpet, Capel, Lather and Objet Insolite.


Record spending by the military significantly contributed to the enormous buying power seen at the 2004 Show. The United States Air Force Non-Appropriated Funding office spent more than $32 million � an increase of 10% over last year, signifying the Air Force�s largest monetary commitment to the IH/M&RS to date. Purchases were made for Air Force, Army and Navy base lodges worldwide.


Editors� Choice Awards

The ninth annual Editors� Choice Awards were presented to six winners, along with the Kenneth F. Hine award for �Best of Show�, during the opening ceremony of the IH/M&RS, on Sunday, November 14, 2004. Editors from the top hospitality and culinary trade publications reviewed more than 130 submissions and selected outstanding new products in six categories. The winners are:

Decor � Saflok (Troy, MI) for its Odyssey Lock, which combines distinctive styling with superior security, ease of use and functionality.

Flavors � Crossings (Worcester, MA) for its tartlet shells by CROC�IN, made without color agents and can be used for appetizers or desserts.

Restaurant � RATIONAL Cooking Systems Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) for its SelfCooking Center, which automatically calculates temperature, moisture and cooking time.

Technology � Teledex LLC (San Jose, CA) for its ExpressNet AirLink, which enables a property�s existing phone line to become a wireless access point.

Essentials � Hospi-tel MFG Co. (East Orange, NJ) for its CleanRest Mattress Cover, which is made of breathable, microporous, waterproof material.

Luxury � Riverside Design Group (Pittsburgh, PA) for its Plates with Purpose-Hospice /Butterfly Plate, a line of custom glassware created through a partnership with non-profit organizations.

Kenneth F. Hine �Best of Show� � RATIONAL Cooking Systems Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) for its SelfCooking Center, which automatically calculates temperature, moisture and cooking time.

Gold Key Awards

Eight grand prize winners were honored at the 24th annual IH/M&RS Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design, November 15, 2004, at New York City�s W Hotel.  In connection with the program�s new sponsors, Interior Design magazine and HOTELS magazine, the event featured new and updated categories as well as the presentation of two new industry awards, �Designer of the Year� and the NEWH �Icons of Industry� Scholarship.

The Gold Key Grand Prize Winners are:

Spa � Clodagh Design (New York, NY) for Sasanqua Spa (Kiawah Island, SC)

Restaurants � Casual Dining � Tony Chi & Associates (New York, NY) for Spoon Hong Kong (Intercontinental Hotel, Hong Kong)

Guest Room � HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates (Atlanta, GA) for Mandarin Oriental New York (New York, NY) 

Lounge/Bar � Yabu Pushelberg/Graves Hospitality (Minneapolis, MN) for Le Meridien Minneapolis (Minneapolis, MN)

Lobby/Reception Area � Yabu Pushelberg/Graves Hospitality (Minneapolis, MN) for Le Meridien Minneapolis (Minneapolis, MN)

Restaurants � Fine Dining � Tony Chi & Associates (New York, NY) for Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental New York (New York, NY)

Suite � Soho Grand Hotel (New York, NY) for Soho Grand Penthouse Lofts (New York, NY) 

Best Hotel Design � KMD Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico) for W Mexico City (Mexico City, Mexico)

The first annual �Designer of the Year� Award was presented to the design firm of Yabu Pushelberg.  This new award applauds the work of a designer or firm for leadership and vision in hospitality design.  The first NEWH �Icons of Industry� Scholarship was endowed by Patricia Durkan in honor of her late father, Thomas R. Durkan, Sr., founder of Durkan Patterned Carpet. The Scholarship was awarded to Anna Perryman, a student of the Harrington Institute of Design in Chicago, IL.


Salon of Culinary Arts

The 136th Annual Salon of Culinary Arts, presented by the Societe Culinaire Philanthropique, offered more than 300 entries of static works of culinary art and displays. Showcased were pastry works, fish and poultry, and buffet tables presented by master chefs, pastry chefs, butchers, and apprentices.

Demonstration Kitchen

The IH/M&RS Demonstration Kitchen offered daily live demonstrations and tastings by top chefs. Presentations were coordinated by Food Arts magazine, Societe Culinaire Philanthropique, Le Cordon Bleu Schools of North America and the Culinary Institute of America. Demonstrations included lamb preparation with Suvir Savan; duck dishes by Michel Nischan; potato creations by Alain Sailhac; and �Modern Trends in Desserts� by several world-renowned pastry chefs.

Future Dates and Information

The IH/M&RS is sponsored 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 (GLMÒ). The 90th annual IH/M&RS will run November 12 through November 15, 2005 (Exhibits November 13-15), at New York City�s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Kerry Farrell
Media Coordinator
George Little Management, LLC
Ten Bank Street
White Plains, NY 10606
Tel. (914) 421-3265
E-mail [email protected]
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
The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show® Reduces Exhibitor Days to Three; John Russell Named Chairman of the Board of Directors of the 2004 IH/M&RS / December 2003

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