NewsAugust 4, 2013

ISHC Congratulates the 2011 Young Leader Award Winner

ISHC Congratulates the 2011 Young Leader Award Winner

 BERLIN, Germany: The International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) is proud to announce Amy Carter-James, as the 2011 Young Leader award recipient. Co-sponsored by the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), the award is given each year to a young and emerging leader who has great potential.

Amy Carter-James’s industry accomplishments include ownership of an award winning resort, Guludo Beach Lodge in Mozambique, which has helped lift tens of thousands of people out of poverty and also co-foundation of a CR hospitality consultancy firm, Thin Cats Thinking, which assists hotels and resorts around the world to work more efficiently with local communities and to maximize their positive impact in a commercially viable way. She most recently has been recognized with a “Global Vision Award” along with multiple other business hospitality awards and individual awards in previous years.

The 2011 IHIF Young Leader award will be presented to Carter-James on Wednesday, 9 March 2011 at a plenary session held at the InterContinental Hotel Berlin along with prize amount totalling Euro 1,000. Past winners include Roderick Micallef, Director of Finance and Acting General Manager, Corinthia Hotel, Lisbon and Leslie McGibbon, Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs, IHG.

“Amy is an individual who has clearly made a very positive impact in the industry and her passion for responsible tourism is evident in the work she has accomplished,” said Jonathan Worsley, Chairman of Bench Events, co-organisers of IHIF. “She is a wonderful example for other young leaders in hospitality and we’re thrilled to recognize her at this year’s IHIF.”

“She was an outstanding candidate in many ways,” said Lori Raleigh, Executive Director ISHC. “She stood out to us not only due to her tremendous achievements but also for her wonderful personal attributes and commitment to helping make a difference for others through her responsible tourism initiatives as well.”

Requirements for the IHIF Young Leader Award include the following: candidate must be under 35 years of age, have worked in a hospitality-related field, have completed a significant project for his or her hotel or organization, be recognized by leaders of his or her own hotel or organization as an emerging leader and be based in a European country.

For information and details on registering for the IHIF conference to be held 7-9 March in Berlin, visit the IHIF website.

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About Questex Media Group LLC (

Questex Media Group LLC is a global, diversified business-to-business integrated media and information provider, headquartered in Newton, MA. Questex serves multiple industries including technology, telecommunications, beauty, spa, travel, hospitality, leisure, home entertainment, landscape design, building services and natural resources through a range of well-established, market-leading publications, events, interactive media, research, information and integrated marketing services. The company’s media properties include over 100 print and digital media publications, 45 conferences, tradeshows and events, as well as a range of research, data and information products. The company’s businesses are managed through operating companies including Questex Media Group; InfoTrends, Inc., Imaging Networks and; McLean Events International, Ltd, a world-leading producer of appointment-based events. The company’s combined operations include more than 400 employees in offices throughout North America, South America, Asia and Europe.


Bench Events (

As organisers of top conferences for the hotel and investment industry, Bench Events is a growing entity which currently hosts hotel investment conferences in Berlin, Dubai and Moscow in partnership with other leading providers.  Jonathan Worsley, Chairman of Bench Events, is one of the organisers and founders of the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) held each year in Berlin. In 2005, he was responsible for launching the successful Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) in Dubai and in October 2008, the Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (RHIC) in Moscow alongside Questex Media. Worsley is also Chairman of Bench Event’s sister company, JW Bench, a benchmarking company that has successfully launched the Conference Bench and the Productivity Bench.


International Society of Hospitality Consultants (

The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) is a professional society of leading hospitality industry consultants. Membership is by invitation only and members are required to abide by the ISHC Code of Professional Conduct.  ISHC is represented by some two hundred members who, collectively, have expertise in over 50 different specialty areas and work experience in 65 countries. A complete listing/directory of members and specialty areas of expertise represented within ISHC is available under “Consultant Search” on the ISHC web site at