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International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show
November 7-10, 2009
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Pre-Show Report

The latest product launches from more than 1,000 exhibitors, timely seminars focused on such topics as the economy and social networking, and opportunities to gather with industry leaders will draw some 35,000 industry professionals to the 94th annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show® (IH/M&RS), November 7-10, 2009, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. 
With the economy at the forefront of discussions among industry professionals, this year the IH/M&RS serves a more important role than ever.  Owners, operators, influencers and high profile industry leaders will share insight, discover the latest products and make decisions that will help them sustain through tough economic times and position them for success in an economic upturn.
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 latest technologies, 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 where industry professionals need to be in November, as we start to see light at the end of this dark economic tunnel. Perspective, insight and knowledge of emerging trends and products - all of which can be gathered at this year's IH/M&RS - will determine who comes out on top." 
                                                                                                - Lynn White, Show Manager
The Hospitality Leadership Forum returns on Saturday, November 7, presenting more than 20 seminars geared towards senior level hospitality managers.  Topics to be addressed during this full-day conference include 2010 occupancy forecasts, purchasing strategies, navigating a challenging economy, social networking implementation, customer service and more.  Educational sessions will continue on Sunday, November 8, and Monday, November 9, with topics ranging from benchmarking your property's eco-system to bouncing back from a down economy.  A complete list of programs will be available online, at, beginning in September.
The New York Marketplace
In cooperation with The M. Tucker Company, the IH/M&RS will feature an all-new 8,000-square-foot addition dedicated to the very latest in food, equipment and supply trends.  This special focus area on the Show floor also will include celebrity book signings, chef Q&A's, cooking demos and seminars addressing such topics as viral marketing, menu trends, sustainability and more.  Exhibitors within The New York Marketplace include APW/Wyott, Cardinal, Carlisle, Cres Cor, Captive Aire Systems, Day & Nite, GAF Seelig, Lakeside, Manitowoc, Oneida, RPI Industries, Scandia Fish, Unified Brands and others.  Additional information is available online, at
Salon of Culinary Art
The Salon of Culinary Art will return with more than 300 extraordinary "food as art " displays.  Presented by the Société Culinaire Philanthropique, the 141st annual Salon will feature elaborate buffet tables, decorated fish and poultry, pastry work and other creatively prepared foods.
Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design
The Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design will return 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 29th 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 by NEWH, Inc., the Hospitality Industry Network.  Gold Key Award grand prize winners and finalists will be honored during a breakfast ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental New York on Monday, November 9, 2009, from 7:30 - 9:30 am.  The event serves as a scholarship fundraiser for NEWH.  Tickets are $75.00 each, and available online at
Editors' Choice Awards
The best new products on the Show floor, as determined by a panel of editors from the leading hospitality trade publications, will be honored with Editors' Choice Awards.  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 - products are selected based on innovative design, how it answers a particular industry need, creative use of material or construction, and development or use of a new technology.  In addition, the "Kenneth F. Hine Best of Show " Award will spotlight the top new product on the Show floor.  Winners of this coveted recognition will be announced during the Opening Ceremony at 9:45 am, on Sunday, November 8, 2009.
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 business.
Lynn White, show manager
(914) 421-3249
GLM Customer Relations
(914) 421-3206
Travel Planners, Inc.
(800) 221-3531 or (212) 532-1600
Saturday, November 7      
       9:00am - 5:00pm (Hospitality Leadership Forum)
Sunday, November 8          
       10:00am - 5:00pm
Monday, November 9       
       10:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday, November 10       
       10:00am - 4:00pm
Issued:  White Plains, NY, August 14, 2009.



Melissa Gray (914) 421-3263


Also See: The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show® Solidifies Marketing Partnership with Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and Guesthouses International / June 2009

The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show® Names the Finalists for the Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design / August 2008

Finalists for the 2007 Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design Named; HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates Named 'Designer of the Year' / August 2007

Twenty Hotels and Restaurants with Compelling Design Elements Named as Finalists for the Annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design; David Rockwell to be Honored as 'Designer of the Year' / August 2006

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