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 Jonathan Tisch Receives Tourism Achievement Award
for Dedication to New York City
HSMAI Big Apple Chapter Past Presidents Bestow Honor
NEW YORK, NY (June 14, 2006) -- Jonathan M. Tisch, Chairman & CEO of Loews Hotels was selected and honored as the recipient of the 13th annual Frank W. Berkman Tourism Achievement Award by the Big Apple Chapter of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI).
The award was created in 1994 by the Past Presidentsí Council of the HSMAI Chapter to recognize those individuals or organizations that have made a significant contribution to the travel and tourism industry in New York City.  The award was named for Frank W. Berkman who, for 16 years, was the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of HSMAI.

Jonathan Tisch (left) receives the Frank W. Berkman Tourism Achievement Award from the HSMAI Big Apple Chapter.  
Also shown are Fran Brasseux (center), Executive Vice President of HSMAI and Thomas J. Travers (right),
General Manager of the Beacon Hotel in New York and current president of the Big Apple Chapter.
Jonathan Tisch has been a stalwart supporter of New York City tourism and spearheaded the revival of tourism after the city was devastated 9-11-2001.  He is also:
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of NYC & Company, which promotes tourism to New York City
  • Chairman of the New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference
  • Chairman of the Travel Business Roundtable
Previous recipients include the late Preston Robert Tisch, Jonathanís father and then Chairman of the Board for Loews Hotels.  Other recipients were:
1994        Charles Gillett, President of the New York Convention & Visitors Bureau
1995        Preston Robert Tisch, Chairman of the Board for Loews Hotels
1996        Arthur Surin, Senior Vice President of Hilton Hotels Corporation
1997        Mayor Rudolph Giulliani 
1998        Donald Trump
1999        The Today Show
2000        The League of American Theatres & Producers
2001        Starwood Hotels & Resorts
2002        The New York Police, Fire Department, EMS & Port Authority Police
2003        Macy*s
2004        The Mayorís Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting
2005        ING New York City Marathon
ďAs the sales and marketing arm of the hospitality industry, HSMAI values the enormous contributions Jonathan Tisch has made both to New York City and the travel, tourism and hospitality industries and finds it particularly fitting that he followed in his fatherís steps with his dedication to tourism development in New York,Ē said Kathie Stapleton, Executive Director of the Chapter and daughter of the late Frank W. Berkman.
The Big Apple Chapter of HSMAI recognized Jonathan Tisch with this award at a black-tie dinner held on Tuesday, June 6, 2005.
HSMAI is an organization of sales and marketing professionals representing all segments of the hospitality industry. With a strong focus on education, HSMAI has become the industry champion in identifying and communicating trends in the hospitality industry, and bringing together customers and members at eight annual events, including HSMAIís Affordable Meetings, and the HSMAI World Quest events. Founded in 1927, HSMAI is an individual membership organization comprising more than 7,000 members worldwide, with 38 chapters in the Americas region.

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Also See: HSMAI Names the Frank W. Berkman Chapter Award Winners for 2005 / March 2006
Jonathan Tisch Going Down the Ladder Serving as Banquet Waiter, Line Cook, Room Attendant, Bellboy / June 2003

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