NEW YORK — North America’s leading hospitality industry event returns to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Nov. 12-15, presenting more than 700 exhibitors and drawing some 30,000 professionals to discover the latest products, make purchasing decisions, and conduct business.
Highlights of the 96th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show® (IHMRS) include the Hospitality Leadership Forum, return of Boutique Design New York (BDNY), debut of the Hotel F&B Zone, and launch of an iPad application area.
Products to Discover
Product discovery will prevail next month as suppliers representing every hospitality product category convene to showcase their latest innovations and services, including food and beverage, furnishings, equipment, linens, amenities, cleaning and more.
Supporting new products, resources and innovation, the IHMRS will roll out two new special focus areas this year. Attendees will discover new attention to food-and-beverage operations through the Hotel F&B Zone, and insight into the world of “apps” within a tech-savvy iPad application section.
“IHMRS 2011 is all about cultivating new business and offering inspiration, as industry professionals get their footing in a new economy and look to make smart purchasing decisions that will impact the bottom line,” says Lynn White, show manager. “There’s a new way of doing business, and IHMRS offers the products, resources and education to succeed.”
Hotel F&B Zone
The Hotel F&B Zone is an edited division of statement-making products for hotel, resort and casino food-and-beverage operations. Exhibitors within this area will feature such products as bar equipment; breakfast foods; cooking equipment; menus; software and technology; specialty food and beverages; and table linens and uniforms.
iPad Application Area
With new applications launching at a rapid pace, the IHMRS will offer an iPad application area for the first time this year.
Sponsored by Hospitality Upgrade magazine, visitors will experience a first-hand look at apps to assist both front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house operations, such as concierge, engineering, housekeeping, check-in, security and more.
Technology Issues that Keep a GM Up at Night, Bells & Whistles for Your Marketing Mix, Hotel Green Pro-grams with Return on Investment, and Boutique Brands…Global Plans are among the topics to be addressed during the 2011 Hospitality Leadership Forum (HLF) on Saturday, Nov. 12.
A full-day conference for senior-level hospitality managers, the event also will feature the highly anticipated CEO Leadership Panel and U.S. Lodging Industry Summit Panel.
Education continues on Sunday, Nov. 13, and Monday, Nov. 14, with such programs as Upgrading After the Downturn: Maximizing Hotel F&B Renovations, Tiered Purchasing Strategies, and Missed Opportunities in Hotel Food-and-Beverage Operations. These programs are free with IHMRS registration.
A complete listing of educational programs is available at ihmrs.com.
Boutique Design New York
The event that brought hospitality design back to New York returns alongside the IHMRS Nov. 13-14, at Javits Center North.
BDNY will present 50% more exhibitors over its 2010 debut, with a carefully-edited selection of suppliers. Some 5,000 designers, architects, purchasers and developers, along with crossover attendance from the IHMRS, are expected.
Registration fees are $50, and registration for either show offers admission to both markets.
HLF registration is a separate fee of $139, which also includes admission to the IHMRS and BDNY.
Lodging, foodservice and design professionals can register at ihmrs.com or bdny.com, where they can also review participating exhibitors, travel information and more.