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11 Dec 2013

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

BERLIN (December 10, 2013): In partnership with the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) has opened submissions for the sixth IHIF Young Leader Award.

The award recognises outstanding contribution to the industry by a young hospitality leader and has become a significant part of the annual IHIF programme. The award will continue to be open to candidates from across the globe, with no geographical limitations.

Carmen Hui, Senior Vice President - Acquisitions, Europe, Host Hotels was the 2013 recipient of the award and commenting on her experience said: “winning the award, which was judged by a panel of distinguished industry leaders, was indeed a delightful surprise.  However, what was most touching was the fact that my team had submitted an application to nominate me for this award.  It made me realise how much my colleagues value and respect me and as a result, I have made it a goal to become an even more innovative and inspiring leader.  For me, the submission by my team for the award was the true honour; the actual receipt of the award was the icing on top.”

Andrea Belfanti, Executive Director ISHC commented: “this is the sixth year that ISHC have partnered with the IHIF Young Leader Award and every year the standard of nominees is excellent. It is vital for the industry to recognise and reward emerging talent as these are the future leaders of the hospitality sector who will shape the next chapter of the story.

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 31st January 2014. 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.
This year’s conference will take place on the 3-5th March 2014 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

Follow IHIF 2014 on Twitter @IHIF_News and use #IHIF2014 to stay up to date with the latest news from the leading annual meeting place for the industry.




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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 ISHC

The International Society of Hospitality Consultants is a professional organization of 200 members with work experience in over 60 countries. Membership in ISHC is by invitation only and members are viewed as leaders in their respective areas of expertise. And with over 40 different areas of specialty expertise represented within the organization, ISHC represents a one of a kind collection of experience and expertise worldwide in the hospitality industry.  In 2013, ISHC commemorated a special milestone, as it marked the 25th anniversary since its founding in 1988.  Additional information about the organization, along with a directory of ISHC members, is available on the ISHC website at 

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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