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14 Nov 2013

Pioneering Entrepreneur, Ian Schrager, to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 17th IHIF Berlin

BERLIN (November 14, 2013): The International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) will honour the renowned hotelier, Ian Schrager, at the 17th IHIF in Berlin 2014.

Schragers’ business vision has been widely associated with the introduction of global concepts such as the “boutique hotel”, “lobby socializing”, “cheap chic” and “urban resorts”. His talent for reading the mood and feel of popular culture are undoubtedly significant factors to his success. From his initial ventures, nightclubs Studio 54 and Palladium, through to the opening of Morgans Hotel in 1984 and subsequent creation of the Ian Schrager Company which owns, develops and manages hotels, residential, and mixed used projects, Schragers’ passion for the hospitality industry has been his driving force.

Tess Pearson, Event Director Questex Media Group, hosts of IHIF commented: “Ian Schrager is synonymous with groundbreaking concepts that have changed the hospitality business. The purpose of The IHIF Lifetime Achievement Award is to recognise truly inspirational leadership and vision. We are genuinely delighted to be able to publically recognise the developments Ian has made throughout his career at IHIF 2014. As his European reach expands with the launch of EDITION Hotels with Marriott International, we feel that it is timely to celebrate Ian and his achievements.”

Commenting on receiving the award, Ian Schrager said: “My goal has always been to do something new and truly innovative—to push the boundaries and break with convention. I have always felt product distinction is everything.  Throughout my career I have tried to provide guests with more than just a place to sleep by creating authentic, one-of-a-kind experiences that capture the zeitgeist and reflect the spirit of the times.  I feel very fortunate that the hotel industry has given me this tremendous opportunity.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented on Tuesday 4th March 2014 at 10.45am. An interview will follow the award presentation.

For more information and to register for IHIF (3-5th March 2014) visit Early Bird registration closes 22 November 2013. 

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About Questex Media Group

Questex Hospitality + Travel, the largest multimedia organization in the world dedicated to hospitality and travel, drives revenue, productivity and value creation for these related industries through strategic investment and deal-making forums, powerful lead-generation tools, interactive online business solutions, world-class events and industry-leading publications.

Questex Hospitality + Travel operates throughout the United States and Americas regions, EMEA and Asia/Pacific through a variety of market-leading properties and services including International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) Berlin, North America Hotel Investment Conference, Asia Pacific Hotel Investment Conference, Asia Pacific Tourism Destination Investment Conference, Brasil Hospitality Investment Conference, Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference, Turkey & Neighbours Hotel Investment Conference, HOTEC Design North America and HOTEC Operations & Technology North America; lead generation portal; industry news delivery services in print, online and mobile worldwide via IHIF: Hotel Investment News along with Hotel Management and HA+D magazines. For more information please visit


About Bench Events

Bench Events has a long track record of delivering, with its partners, the premier hotel investment events across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Bench Events’ Chairman, Jonathan Worsley, works in association with the highly successful International Hotel Investment Forum which is now in its seventeenth year ( In 2005, he was responsible for launching the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Dubai (; and in 2008 launched the Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (  In 2011 Bench Events added two events to its portfolio, co-hosting the Turkey & Neighbours Hotel Investment Conference ( and launching the Africa Hotel Investment Forum which in 2013 was held in Nairobi, Kenya ( In 2014 Bench Events will launch the Global Restaurant Investment Forum (
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