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16 Feb 2015

Visionary Volunteer Wins IHIF 2015 Young Leader Award

BERLIN (16 February 2015): The International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF), in conjunction with the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) have named Greg Bows, Founder and Managing Director of African Impact, as the winner of the IHIF 2015 Young Leader Award.

African Impact is the largest volunteering organisation in Africa employing over 170 people between Cape Town and Nairobi. The group have currently placed over 12,500 volunteers across 94 projects in Africa. Greg, a UK national, joined the organisation at the age of 18 following a period of travel around Africa. His role ranges from setting the company vision to running daily operations whilst continuously ensuring that African Impact attracts people from across the world to experience volunteer travel.

On being announced winner, Bows said: "Winning this award has left me both humbled and thrilled. Aside from the personal honour, this award is an important recognition of the volunteer travel industry. In building African Impact over the last decade and helping shape responsible tourism through this, I am confident in the power that volunteer travel can have in generating positive change globally. To be acknowledged by an industry forum as influential as the IHIF is hugely gratifying and very exciting”.

Tess Pearson, Event Director, Questex Media Group, hosts of IHIF, commented: “The IHIF Young Leader Award is just one aspect which sets this event apart from others. We take immense pride in investing time and energy, along with ISHC, to organise this award which recognises the considerable contribution these young leaders are making to our industry. Greg was an exceptional candidate, responsible for raising the profile of volunteer tourism - an emerging area of the sector, and we are thrilled to be able to name him as the winner of the IHIF Young Leader Award 2015”.

Andrea Belfanti, Executive Director, ISHC, said: “Even as this is the seventh year ISHC has partnered with IHIF to present this award, the nominees still astonish me. They are outstanding young leaders in the hospitality industry. This year’s winner, Greg Bows, is a shining example of why we continue to make this award a priority. He has passion and drive that is rarely seen. I am honoured to have Greg as this year’s winner”.

Andrew Connolly, co-founder, African Impact said; “Using Greg’s passion for providing amazing experiences to tourists in the hospitality world and making tourism a real force for social change, African Impact has been a true success. Greg’s commitment and effort should be rewarded which is why I nominated him for this award”.

The award will be presented during a morning plenary session on Tuesday 3rd March. The latest version of the 18th IHIF programme is available to view here. The event continues to attract the most influential players from across the hospitality industry and is consistently the largest gathering of senior industry professionals. Further information about the 18th IHIF which takes place from 2-4th March at the Hotel InterContinental Berlin, Germany can be found at



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

About African Impact

African Impact is a multi-award winning volunteer travel organisation offering responsible interactive volunteer projects and internships in over 15 countries across Africa. We offer a wide range of conservation and community volunteering, internships, wildlife courses, and educational group travel options as well as family volunteering experiences. We truly believe in making a difference and seek to maximise the positive impact of volunteer travel in Africa, both for volunteers and for communities and conservation efforts. To us, volunteering is a two-way thing. It’s not just about the hands-on help and skills that volunteers bring; it’s also about what this amazing continent, its people and its wildlife can give those volunteers in return. We want to empower our volunteers to make a difference and have them bring about long lasting positive change on local communities and the physical environments in which we work.


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