NEW YORK — Hospitality’s show of shows will take center stage here Nov. 10-13, drawing an estimated crowd of 25,000 industry professionals to witness the latest products and services from more than 700 exhibitors.
The 97th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show® (IHMRS) will deliver a special focus on hotel food-and-beverage operations, the latest technology solutions, and a new “Ask the Experts” consultation program.
The only hospitality marketplace of its kind, the IHMRS will offer a diverse cross-section of products and services spanning every facet of the industry, including food and beverage, furnishings, technology, equipment, linens, amenities, tableware, cleaning and more. The industry’s most influential buyers from hotels, casinos, resorts, restaurants, purchasing companies, hospitality design firms, corporate and healthcare institutions and more will attend to source the latest products.
“The IHMRS prides itself on providing an efficient and productive visit for all attendees, through a carefully organized show floor of spaces dedicated to specific areas,” says show manager Lynn White. “The Hotel F&B Zone, Technology Innovation Center, The New York Marketplace, and i.Menu Expo, for example, will offer easy access to products and services for buyers seeking these types of solutions. With so much to see and experience, our ‘show of shows’ format makes for an exciting walk through the aisles.”
FCSI-The Americas “Ask the Experts” Consultations — The IHMRS has partnered with Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI) – The Americas to offer free 30-minute consultations with attending foodservice professionals. A panel of FCSI consultants will be on hand to discuss personalized solutions for front-of-the-house, back-of-the-house and management advisory issues.
Among the consultants scheduled to attend, Clevenger Frable LaVallee, Ricca Newmark Design and Cini-Little International offer experience in laundry and linen services. A free consultation can be requested at ihmrs.com.
Hotel F&B Zone — Exhibitors within this area will feature such products as bar equipment, beer, wine and spirits, breakfast foods, buffet ware and catering accessories, cooking equipment, china, glassware and flatware, coffee and tea, menus, software and technology, specialty food and beverages, table linens and uniforms.
i.Menu Expo — The i.Menu Expo will keep restaurant owners and operators ahead of the fast-paced world of apps. Hosted in partnership with i.Business Magazine, the i.Menu Expo will showcase developers of iPad and Android tablet apps, accessory manufacturers and hardware vendors.
Technology Innovation Center — This space will educate attendees about today’s must-have restaurant and hotel software and Internet-based solutions. There will be kiosks where buyers can experience cutting-edge advances, including the latest cloud technology, point-of-sale software, innovative customer recognition systems, tools to track and manage online customer reviews, and more.
The New York Marketplace — The latest in foodservice equipment, design, supply trends, and food and beverage will take center stage with the return of this show within a show. The 2012 Marketplace will offer cooking demonstrations, food samplings, wine and beverage tastings, and more.
New Jersey Restaurant Association Foodservice Arena — This returning area attracts thousands of restaurateurs from across the country and features such product categories as beverages, equipment, packaging, and table linens, as well as services such as architecture, design, construction and culinary schools.
Featuring such annual sessions as the CEO Leadership Panel and U.S. Lodging Industry Summit Panel, the Hospitality Leadership Forum will draw a crowd of nearly 500 senior-level hospitality managers on Nov. 10. The pre-show conference also will feature a keynote luncheon with Anthony Melchiorri of the Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible.
Following the keynote, breakout sessions will address such topics as B2B social media, reporting hotel carbon metrics, talent acquisition through social media, and allocating digital marketing resources.
Education continues on Nov. 11-12, with programs addressing ADA compliance, loss prevention, designing for the guest experience, guest satisfaction trends, and increasing top-line revenues.
BOUTIQUE DESIGN NEW YORK
Presenting an exhibit floor of 250 carefully edited suppliers of furniture, lighting, wall coverings, fabric, seating, accessories, artwork, carpet and flooring, materials, bath and spa, and tabletop, Boutique Design New York (BDNY) will once again co-locate with the IHMRS.
The Nov. 11-12 hospitality interiors fair will serve as inspiration for some 5,000 architects, purchasers and developers, in addition to owners and operators attending the IHMRS. An IHMRS attendee badge will allow entrance to BDNY.
Discounted advance registration for IHMRS and BDNY is available for $30 through Oct. 5, with the rate increasing to $50 after that date. Registration for either show offers admission to both markets.
Hospitality Leadership Forum registration is a separate fee of $139, which also includes admission to the IHMRS and BDNY.
Lodging, foodservice and design professionals can register online at ihmrs.com, where they can also review participating exhibitors, travel information and more.