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06 Dec 2012

Nominations for the Annual Young Leader Award at The International Hotel Investment Forum OPEN

Berlin, Germany: The International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF), in conjunction with the International Society of Hospitality Consultants have opened nominations for the fifth annual IHIF Young Leader Award.

This prestigious award, widely recognised and respected throughout the industry, is presented to a young hospitality leader who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the industry.

For the first time in its history, the award will be open to candidates from across the globe, with no geographical limitations. The prestigious recognition will be presented on Monday 4th March 2013 in a dedicated session at the 16th IHIF.

Tess Pearson, Event Director, Questex Media Group and host of IHIF Berlin commented; “during its lifetime, the prominence of this award has grown throughout the industry and it is now the right time to open the opportunity to all aspiring young leaders across the world. We are delighted to be able to do so and continue our commitment to championing the talented young members of our industry.

Lori Raleigh, Executive Director, ISHC commented; “The Young Leader Award is one that we at ISHC are all very proud and excited to be part of. It represents a very special opportunity to recognise emerging leadership talent in the hospitality industry. We are delighted to be co-sponsors of the award with the IHIF and looking forward to congratulating this year’s winner at the IHIF conference in March 2013.

The 2012 recipient, Alexandra Zubko, Vice President, Head of Global Strategy for InterContinental Hotels Group commented on how receiving the Annual Young Leader Award had affected her professional life: “Since being awarded the IHIF Young Leader Award in 2012, I have been approached by more people in the industry and generally feel a part of the international community. As a newcomer to the industry, it has been a great welcome! The process itself was relatively straightforward, as the questions that are used to assess the candidates are insightful and challenge the candidates to reflect on their contributions. More rewarding, though, was the process of meeting with the ISHC who are well-connected in the industry, have interesting points of view and are engaging to get to know.

Candidates eligible for nomination for the IHIF Young Leader Award must fulfil the following criteria:

• be under 35 years of age
• worked in a hospitality-related field
• completed a significant project for his or her hotel/organisation
• be recognised by leaders of his or her own hotel/organisation as an emerging leader

To download a nomination form, please visit, select the Young Leader Award tab and download the PDF nomination form. The deadline for submissions is midnight on 28th January 2013. Please note that all candidates need to be nominated by another person from within your organisation or someone with direct work experience with the nominee.

This year’s conference will take place on the 4-6th March 2013 at the InterContinental Hotel Berlin, Germany.

IHIF is known as THE place where deals get done and is Europe’s largest gathering of senior-level global hotel industry leaders. Visit  for programme details and to register for the 2013 event. For more information about the International Society of Hospitality Consultants please visit


Editors notes:

About Questex Hospitality + Travel
Questex Hospitality + Travel drives demand for travel and hospitality organizations as the largest multimedia organization in the world dedicated to these related industries. It includes a dynamic collection of strategic investment and deal-making forums as well as tactical services such as powerful lead generation tools, interactive online business solutions, world-class events and industry-leading publications to help hospitality and travel organizations drive revenue, productivity and value creation. 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 & Tourism Investment Conference, International Hotel Investment Forum Asia Pacific.

About ISHC
The International Society of Hospitality Consultants, ISHC, is a professional society of leading hospitality industry consultants. Membership is by invitation only and members are required to abide by the ISHC Code of Professional Conduct.  ISHC is represented by some two hundred members who, collectively, have expertise in over 40 different specialty areas and work experience in 65 countries. A complete listing/directory of members and specialty areas of expertise represented within ISHC is available under “Consultant Search” on the ISHC web site at


About Bench Events
Bench Events has a long track record of delivering, with its partners, the premier hotel investment events in Europe and the Middle East. Bench Events’ Chairman, Jonathan Worsley, works in association with the highly successful International Hotel Investment Forum which is now in its sixteenth 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 Central Asia and Turkey Hotel Investment Conference  ( and launching the Hotel Investment Conference Africa which in 2012 was held in Nairobi, Kenya ( ).

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