NewsDecember 13, 2017

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 form. The deadline for submissions is midnight GMT on 10 January 2018. Please 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.


About ISHC

The International Society of Hospitality Consultants is truly The Leading Source for Global Hospitality Expertise, represented by over two hundred of the industry’s most respected professionals from across six continents. Collectively, ISHC members provide expert services in over fifty functional areas and have specialized skills in virtually every segment of the hospitality industry. ISHC is dedicated to promoting the highest quality of professional consulting standards and practices for the hospitality industry. Candidates undergo a rigorous screening process, ensuring that all ISHC members have a reputation of integrity and are qualified by their experience, training and knowledge to develop and express sound judgment on industry issues. Additional information about the organisation, along with a directory of ISHC members, is available on the ISHC website at        

For more information, contact Lauren Marshall, Director of Membership & Marketing.
Phone: +1.678.735.9453

About Questex Hospitality Group

Questex Hospitality Group serves the worldwide hospitality, travel and related industries that together contribute over $6 trillion to global GDP. Through our innovative platform of targeted solutions the group serves the sector’s entire ecosystem from tourism and hotel development and investment to hotel design, purchasing, management and operations. The Questex Hospitality+Travel Group serves every B2B segment of the industry via our proven demand generation, learning, loyalty and rewards solutions as well as our network of live events. For more information visit