NewsNovember 6, 2019

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2020 Young Leader Award presented at IHIF

Berlin, Germany (6 November 2019): The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) is now accepting nominations for the Young Leader Award to be presented at the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) in Berlin, Germany 2-4 March 2020.

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. This year’s winner will have the opportunity to discuss industry issues with the IHIF Lifetime Achievement Award recipient on the main stage during plenary session. Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • 35 years of age or younger. Born on or after 3 March 1984
  • 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 3 December 2019. 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.

Andrea Belfanti, Executive Director of ISHC commented, “We’re looking forward to this year’s addition to the programme of the generational discussion with the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Young Leader Award. What a great opportunity it is for us to learn from two highly successful hospitality leaders at different stages in their career. We can all agree that collaboration and knowledge exchange is a driving force in the advancement of our industry, and we’re thankful for IHIF’s partnership in this award to recognise young, talented leaders that will shape the future of our industry.” 

Tess Pearson, Event Director, IHIF said: “As we prepare for IHIF 2020, a significant year both for the event and the industry, we naturally look to the future and those who will shape, guide and lead the hospitality sector into 2020 and beyond. The very nature of hospitality is shifting, incorporating different business models and concepts. The leaders of tomorrow will need both a broad perspective to fully understand the changing landscape and also a narrow view to comprehend the nuances of the various factions. Questex is delighted to continue our work with ISHC on the Young Leader Award and look forward to receiving this year’s nominations. This process is always a personal highlight of the event”.


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