IH&RA Offers A Show of Spirit in New York!

IH&RA 39th Annual Congress to be held in New York November 8-11,
2002 Co-Located with the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show

Paris, France August 19, 2002…The International Hotel & Restaurant
Association's 39th Annual Congress will take place November 8-11,
2002, in New York City alongside the 87th Annual International
Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show (IH/M&RS) whose 2002 theme – Global
Marketplace – underlines the first-ever concurrent positioning of the
two events. Both events will be held at New York City's Jacob K.
Javits Convention Center and will attract and serve nearly 50,000 hotel and restaurant operators and
suppliers from around the world. The overlap of the two events will also
offer cross-market opportunities and provide international support for
the hospitality industry.

The IH&RA and IH/M&RS are committed to the advancement and prosperity
of the hospitality industry. By aligning the two events, hoteliers
and restaurateurs from around the world will have a magnificent
international hospitality industry event with countless opportunities
to network and gain industry insight on a global level, said Eric E. Pfeffer, IH&RA President.
The presence of the International Hotel & Restaurant Association at the
2002 IH/M&RS promises to enhance the vitality of the show, making it one
of the most memorable in the event's 87-year history. On behalf of all New
Yorkers, thank you for your display of solidarity – as industry
professionals and citizens of the world. Our great City is committed to
providing you the best possible environment to ensure that your visit is
as productive, worthwhile and enjoyable as possible, offered Michael R.
Bloomberg, New York City Mayor.

The IH&RA Congress Program
For the first time, Congress delegates will have unlimited access to
the IH/M&RS and can pick and choose from a full Educational Program
with more than 40 themes including a CEO Panel focusing on the
Industry's Recovery and Resiliency, as well as a Panel on Tourism
Safety and Security.

IH&RA's International Day on Sunday, November 10, features several
sessions
including:
* The Health & Heartbeat of the Hospitality Industry: Latest
Trends
* Secrets of 6-star Hotels: The Ultimate in Luxury
* Global Branding: Maintaining Standards and Finding New
Opportunities
* Rising Stars in Hospitality Design: How They Increase the
Bottom Line
* Balancing Between Profitability and Service
* Marketing Your Hotel in a Recovery Economy
* The Hacker Hotel – Security Issues as They Relate to
Technology
* Generational Chaos in Human Resources: Managing
Multi-generational Teams

High-Profile Social Events:
The IH&RA Congress Opening Cocktail Reception on Friday, November 8
will be among the highlights of the program. The IH&RA will
inaugurate the 39th Annual Congress side-by-side with the AH&LA
Opening Reception at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

On the following evening, hospitality professionals will gather at New
York's Marriott Marquis for the International Hospitality Ball, a
black-tie gala with a theme celebrating the international flavour of
New York. An elegant reception, dinner, Broadway-style entertainment
and dancing will take place from 7:30pm until midnight.

On Sunday, November 10, the AH&LA will host its Inaugural Gala. IH&RA
Congress attendees will receive a special welcome at the event and
will hear from the incoming AH&LA Chairman and the incoming IH&RA
President. This black-tie event will be held at the Regent Hotel in
New York City and is sponsored by American Express.

Honour Excellence:
During the Congress the IH&RA will honour outstanding examples of
environmental best practice by corporate and independent
establishments with the IH&RA Environmental Award. Sponsored by
American Express, this award is supported by the United Nations
Environment Program, Green Globe 21, Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts and
Siemens.

Invest in the Future:
IH&RA Congress Attendees can place their bids at IH&RA's Silent
Auction and raise funds for summer scholarships awarded to promising
young hospitality professionals.

The IH&RA is a network of international and national hotel and
restaurant chains, and national hotel and restaurant associations and
suppliers in more than 108 countries. Its mission is to protect,
promote and inform the hospitality industry worldwide. Through its
membership network, IH&RA represents over 300,000 hotels and 8 million
restaurants, which employ 60
million people and contribute US $950 billion annually to the global
economy.

The IH/M&RS is sponsored by the New York State Hospitality & Tourism
Association, the Hotel Association of New York City, and the American
Hotel & Lodging Association – all members of IH&RA – and is managed by
George Little Management, LLC (GLM). Held annually in New York City,
the event features more than 1,750 hospitality industry suppliers and
attracts approximately 48,000 in total trade attendance.

For more information regarding the IH&RA Congress, contact Beatrice
Maraval, Director of Operations, IH&RA, 251, rue du Faubourg
Saint-Martin, 75010 Paris, France. Telephone 33-(0)-1-44-89-94-06.
Fax -33-(0)-1-40-36-73-30.
Email: maraval@ih-ra.com.