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10 Dec 2015

Nominations Open for IHIF Young Leader Award

BERLIN (December 9, 2015): Nominations are now open for the annual IHIF Young Leader Award co-sponsored by the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) and the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF).

2016 marks the ninth year of the award which recognises outstanding contribution and effort from an inspiring young individual.

Andrea Belfanti, Executive Director at the ISHC commented; “It is our mission to contribute to the advancement of the hospitality industry, which is why it is so important for us to recognise and encourage emerging leaders. We are proud of this continued partnership with IHIF and the exceptional young talent that has been awarded over the years. Every year we look forward to being inspired by the nominees who are shaping the future of our industry”.

Tess Pearson, Event Director, Questex Media Group, hosts of IHIF commented: “as IHIF celebrates its 19th year, it remains highly important to us to consider the legacy of the event. The Young Leader Award is an opportunity to do this and we’re delighted to once again be working with the ISHC on this initiative and look forward to receiving the nominations”.

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

  • 35 years of age or younger, born on, or after, 1 January 1981
  • has been working in hospitality-related field
  • has either been part of a team or individually completed an important hospitality project
  • is recognised by leaders in the hospitality field as an emerging leader

To download a nomination form, please click here. The deadline for submissions is midnight GMT on 19th January 2016. Please note that all candidates need to be nominated by another person from within their organisation or by someone with direct work experience with the nominee.

The Young Leader Award will be presented on Tuesday 8th March 2016.

For more information and to register for IHIF (7-9th March 2016) visit

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ENDS Editors notes:

About Questex LLC
The International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF), produced by Questex LLC, is the premier hotel investment conference in the world, attracting the most prominent international hotel owners, investors, financiers, management companies, tourism and government officials and advisers. Held in Berlin every March, the three-day event is attended by nearly 2,000 people from over 70 countries.  Tactical education and networking functions deliver a powerful return on investment, valuable connections and opportunities for business expansion.  Participants gain knowledge of industry trends, available financing and prospective growth markets from experts in the hotel industry. Other events within the IHIF series include: North America Hotel Investment Conference (NATHIC), Asia Pacific Hotel Investment Conference (APHIC), RHIC: Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (co-hosted with Bench Events) and MR&H:  Mediterranean Resort & Hotel Real Estate Forum (co-hosted with Bench Events).   For more information, visit

About ISHC
The International Society of Hospitality Consultants is truly The Leading Source for Global Hospitality Expertise, represented by over two hundred of the industry’s most respected professionals from across six continents. Collectively, ISHC members provide expert services in over fifty functional areas and have specialized skills in virtually every segment of the hospitality industry. ISHC is dedicated to promoting the highest quality of professional consulting standards and practices for the hospitality industry. Candidates undergo a rigorous screening process, ensuring that all ISHC members have a reputation of integrity and are qualified by their experience, training and knowledge to develop and express sound judgment on industry issues. Additional information about the organization, along with a directory of ISHC members, is available on the ISHC website at


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