IH/M&RS Targeting Lodging and Foodservice Professionals

Complete Schedule Set for November 11-14, 2006, New York City

. October 14, 2008

WHITE PLAINS, NY, September 27, 2006. Lodging and foodservice industry professionals are setting their sights on the 2006 International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show(R) (IH/M&RS), where a comprehensive lineup of professional development opportunities will be offered. From an inspirational keynote address by Rudy Giuliani, to compelling seminars and valuable networking events, the 91st annual IH/M&RS will educate and inspire more than 35,000 participants, Saturday, November 11, through Tuesday, November, 14, 2006, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

"In addition to showcasing the latest products and resources on the show floor, the IH/M&RS serves as a single source for education and networking," said Christian Falkenberg, show manager. "We want attendees to walk away from this experience with a solid understanding of the current state of the industry, knowledge of emerging trends, and new contacts that will lead to new opportunities."

Education

The program begins on Saturday, November 11, with the Hospitality Leadership Forum, a full day conference addressing such topics as "Immigration Issues in the Lodging Industry," "How eProcurement has Finally Come of Age," "The Top 10 Issues Hoteliers will Face in 2007," "Understanding Hotel Ratings Companies" and "Compelling Hotel Websites: Getting More Bang for Your e-Marketing Bucks."

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will present the keynote address at the 2006 Hospitality Leadership Forum, from 12:45 - 2:15 pm, on Saturday, November 11. He will share his Principles of Leadership as he looks back at the important lessons he learned in a lifetime of public service, and how he drew on those lessons to provide strength in a defining moment in American history. In total, the Forum will feature 11 programs, including the highly-acclaimed "CEO Leadership Panel" and "U.S. Lodging Industry Summit Panel," both led by notable hospitality industry leaders. Tickets are $129 per person, and available online at www.ihmrs.com.

Seminars will continue during exhibition days, Sunday, November 12, through Tuesday, November 14, addressing such topics as "HDTV-IPTV: What General Managers Need to Know," "Tales of Success: Advancing in the Lodging Industry," and "Top 10 Human Resources Topics that Effect the Lodging Industry."

In addition, the American Culinary Federation has approved continuing education hours for foodservice-focused programs, including "Distinguished Restaurants Power Panel: The Ins and Outs of Being on Top from Restaurateurs," "To Be or Not to be Trendy," "Food Arts" Annual Trends Survey," "The Benefits of Having an ACF Certified Chef," "Impacting the Bottom Line: Customer Service, Satisfaction and Retail Trends in Healthcare Foodservice" and "Which Comes First - The Kitchen or the Egg."

Culinary Presentations

Interactive education will be offered with the return of the IH/M&RS Demonstration Kitchen, where the pastry and traditional cooking techniques of leading chefs will be revealed, Sunday, November 12, and Monday, November 13. The Soci'et'e Culinaire Philanthropique will present two pastry demonstrations, and Food Arts magazine will provide instruction on pork and beef cooking, featuring Chef Adam Perry Lang of Daisy May's BBQ and Chef Michael Lomonaco of Porter House New York. Participation by chefs representing the ICA-ACF Big Apple Chapter, including Chef Michael Vignapiano, will round out the demonstration schedule.

Events

Back by popular demand, Late Night with IH/M&RS will return to B.B. King Blues Club and Grill on Sunday, November 12, providing attendees with an opportunity to network while enjoying one of New York City's hot spots. The event will feature live music, hors d'oeuvres and drinks from 9:00 pm - midnight, and is hosted by the American Hotel & Lodging Association Allied Executive Committee. Tickets are $60 per person, and can be purchased online at www.ihmrs.com.

Those attending the 26th annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design will discover additional networking opportunities with notable designers and property owners, as they celebrate the year's greatest new hotels and restaurants. The finalists and winners - as well as "Designer of the Year" David Rockwell - will be honored at the Gold Key Awards Breakfast on Monday, November 13, 7:30 - 9:30 am, at New York City's Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Tickets are $75 each, and available online at www.ihmrs.com/goldkey/breakfast.html. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality (NEWH) Scholarship Fund.

The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc., and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association; and is managed by GLM. The market presents some 1,250 hospitality industry suppliers and attracts approximately 35,000 in total trade attendance. For a complete listing of seminar and event details, please visit www.ihmrs.com.

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: christian_falkenberg@glmshows.com. For attendee information, contact GLM's Customer Service Department at (914) 421-3206 or (800) 272-SHOW. Additional information and registration is available online at www.ihmrs.com.

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