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27 Nov 2014

Nominations Open for the IHIF Young Leader Award

BERLIN (Nov. 26, 2014): Nominations are requested for the seventh annual IHIF Young Leader Award, presented by the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) and the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF).

Andrea Belfanti, ISHC executive director, said the organization “is proud to once again partner with IHIF in recognizing a young leader in the hospitality industry. The past nominees and winners represent the very best and brightest in the industry, and we are looking forward to another year of inspiring nominations and an outstanding winner in 2015.” 

Tess Pearson, event director for Questex LLC, which co-produces IHIF, said, “It is incredibly rewarding to be able to champion the talent of the young members of the hospitality industry. We remain committed to recognising and nurturing the next generation of leaders”.

Recipient of the 2014 award, Patricia Gallardo, director of corporate social responsibility and sustainability for Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd., said she was “truly humbled to receive the award, which for me affirms that hospitality stands to win if it balances people, planet and profit.”

“I applaud the IHIF for being bold and recognising leadership beyond traditional hoteliers,” she said. “I would like to see more nominations from under-represented countries and innovative and disruptive leadership and look forward to being inspired by individuals who can bring the industry forward.” 

To be eligible, candidates must meet the following criteria:
• Maximum age 34
• Employed in a hospitality-related field
• Completed a significant project on the job.
• Been recognised as an emerging leader by the senior team of his or her employer

Click HERE to visit the Young Leader Award page at and download a nomination form. Nominations must be submitted to Karla Smith of ISHC at no later than midnight 16 January 2015. Please note candidates must be nominated by another person from within their organisations or by someone with whom they share direct work experience.

IHIF is scheduled 2-4 March 2015 at the InterContinental Berlin, Germany. The conference is known as an event where business deals are completed, relationships strengthened and new connections forged across the hospitality investment community. It proudly remains the largest global gathering of senior hotel industry leaders.

Full details on the conference programme, networking opportunities and information on how to register are available at

For breaking conference news, industry insights and comments from sponsors and supporters, follow @IHIF_News on Twitter as well as the event’s Facebook page and LinkedIn group.

About ISHC
The International Society of Hospitality Consultants is the leading source for global hospitality expertise, represented by more than 200 of the industry’s most respected professionals from across six continents. Collectively, ISHC members provide expert services in over 50 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

About Questex
Questex LLC is a leading global business information company headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts, with offices throughout the world dedicated to travel and lodging and driving 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, a division of Questex LLC, provides business development, marketing and training services to national tourism organizations, destination marketing associations, hotels, casinos, resorts, cruise companies, online travel agencies and travel professionals worldwide.  Questex Hospitality + Travel drives business investment, innovation and demand creation in its target markets by bringing investors, buyers, sellers and professionals together through a wide range of business events, informing them through business information and intelligence products and supporting marketers with a comprehensive platform of demand-generation, lead-generation, branding, digital media, events and marketing products and services produced by a professional staff and delivered worldwide. For more information, visit

About IHIF
The International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF), produced by Questex LLC in partnership with Bench Events, 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), Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (RHIC) and Mediterranean Resort & Hotel Real Estate Forum (MR&H). For more information, visit


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