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Now Accepting Nominations for the 2018 Young Leader Award presented at IHIF


Berlin, Germany (13 December 2017): The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Young Leader Award presented at the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) in Berlin, Germany.

The Young Leader Award was established by ISHC and IHIF in 2009 to recognise and celebrate the excellence of young emerging leaders in the hospitality industry. Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • 35 years of age or younger. Born on or after 1 January 1983
  • Currently works for or directly within the hotel sector
  • Is recognised by peers and industry members as an emerging leader for the hotel industry
  • Whose contributions are already making an impact on the hotel industry

To nominate a candidate, please complete the nomination formThe deadline for submissions is midnight GMT on 10 January 2018Please note that all candidates need to be nominated by a sponsor from within their organisation or by someone with direct work experience with the nominee.

“It was such an honour for me to receive the IHIF Young Leader Award in 2017. It is a great recognition for my contribution to this industry which I am so passionate about. It has given me a lot of confidence and motivation regarding my future career in this industry,” said Eva Bachmann, Director Acquisitions & Strategy at MEININGER Hotels.

Andrea Belfanti, Executive Director of ISHC commented, “We are looking for young, talented individuals who are a driving force in advancing the hospitality industry. Each year we look forward to receiving nominations and presenting the award at IHIF. It is important to us to give back, and we’re thankful to our partners at Questex for the opportunity to recognise and foster young talent that will shape the future of our industry.”

Tess Pearson, Event Director of IHIF Berlin said, “Championing young and brilliant individuals is not only vital for the future of the industry but also an energising and uplifting experience and it is a privilege to work with the ISHC on this element of the conference. The theme for IHIF 2018 is Reaching New Heights and there are so many talented young people in the industry today doing just that, and we look forward to receiving their nominations and learning more about the significant contributions they are making.”

The Young Leader Award will be presented during the IHIF Conference 5-7 March 2018 at the InterContinental Berlin.

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