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New products, services highlighted at hospitality convention

The four-day International Hotel/Motel and Restaurant Show kicks off November 11 at New York City’s Javits Convention Center. Show manager Christian Falkenberg expects the event to draw more than 35,000 professionals from the hospitality and restaurant industries, and feature about 14,000 exhibitors.


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International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
New York

November 11-14

The four-day International Hotel/Motel and Restaurant Show kicks off November 11 at New York City’s Javits Convention Center. Show manager Christian Falkenberg expects the event to draw more than 35,000 professionals from the hospitality and restaurant industries, and feature about 14,000 exhibitors.

Attendees at this year’s convention can expect a host of new items and companies—generally 25 percent of the companies at the show are first-time exhibitors, Falkenberg says. Although no details about specific products have been released, Falkenberg says two of the fastest-growing sectors, technology and luxury amenities, will provide plenty for attendees to see.

The technology segment of the conference will feature more than 200 companies, a 15 percent increase from last year’s show. The luxury amenities sector has increased as well, Falkenberg says, with items such as linens, furnishings and entertainment products, including flat-screen TVs. Falkenberg attributes the growth of these two areas to more consumers who want a high-end sojourn at a hotel.

The show also offers buyers expanded culinary resources through collocations with the All Asia Food Expo, Expo Comida Latina and Kosherfest. The All Asia Food Expo spotlights Asian food and beverage—a more than $5 billion market in U.S. sales, while Kosherfest showcases food, beverage and foodservice resources for the $12 billion kosher foodservice industry.

“It’s a good synergy,” Falkenberg says. “It exposes audiences to more resources, and groups of exhibitors to a greater range of attendee.”
The convention opens on Saturday, November 11, with a full-day Hospitality Leadership Forum, which will feature discussions on the state of the industry and a keynote address from former New York City mayor, Rudy Giuliani. Attendees can then spend the next three days browsing the show floor, networking at sponsored events, and attending 40 educational sessions on topics such as making the most of your restaurant’s kitchen, and dealing with a possible avian flu pandemic.

The Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design, honoring innovative lodging and restaurant design or renovation projects, will be presented at a breakfast ceremony on November 13. The awards are given in eight categories, from casual- and fine-dining restaurant to hotel lobby design. The Editors’ Choice Awards will be presented November 12, spotlighting innovative new products in the hospitality industry, in areas such as décor, luxury, restaurant and technology. Last year’s winners ranged from an alarm clock radio that worked in tandem with an iPod to a more energy-efficient hand dryer.

“The number one reason most attendees come to the show is to see what new products and services are available to the industry, both from brand-new suppliers and from long-term suppliers who are updating their product lines,” Falkenberg says.
He expects this year’s show to be widely attended not only because of the new products, but also because of the successful year the hospitality industry has had. “The industry is having a great year, and generally that translates into more of an electric, exciting show,” he says.

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