Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show
|White Plains, NY, November 18, 2003 - The unmistakable buzz of brisk
business and exhibit floor orders signaled the long-awaited resurgence
of the hospitality industry during the 2003 International Hotel/Motel &
Restaurant Show® (IH/M&RS). Exhibitors reported increased sales,
and the return of many high level decision-makers to the Show. More than
40,000 attendees representing all sectors of the lodging and culinary industries
participated in the four-day event.
Critical to the buying power at the Show was the United States Military. The three branches of the military represented – the United States Air Force, Army Lodging and Navy Bachelor Housing – collectively spent some $25 million, approximately 70% more than the anticipated $15 million throughout the course of the market.
Post Show Statistics
“This has been the best Show we’ve seen in four years. There’s been
great traffic in the booth. We’ve had some big customers come through and
the Show has exceeded our expectations.”
“The quality of the leads we’ve seen have been better than last year.
The attitude of attendees is positive from an economic and industry standpoint.
We had a great response to our new designs in furniture, seating and upholstery.”
"The Show has been very good. Based on quantity and quality of leads,
this is our best Show in four to five years ."
“Very good Show! Excellent! We definitely hit our target market. Also,
we launched a new product for the foodservice industry here and we got
tremendous feedback on how to prepare and package it.”
“This has been one of the best shows. There have been a great deal of
heavy hitters and a lot of upper management which is fantastic. We got
exactly the market we were targeting.”
“I’ve been coming to this Show since 1976 when it was in Columbus Circle.
There’s always a great level of excitement. I learn from the new technology
and leave with new inspirations. It’s like a family here – I would never
miss this Show.”
“I always enjoy the IH/M&RS – it’s the best show in the industry.
The right people are always there and I meet with everyone I needed to
meet. I’ll be coming back.”
Salon of Culinary Art
Editors’ Choice Awards for Best New Products
Gold Key Awards Winners
Presented by Kitchen Arts & Letters, a New York City-based culinary bookstore, the first-ever IH/M&RS Bookstore presented a variety of titles to the hospitality industry throughout the four-day event. Highlights of the bookstore included signings by the following industry professionals: Sherry Yard, The Secrets of Baking; Marcus Samuelsson, Aquavit and the New Scandinavian Cuisine; Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr, The Balthazar Cookbook; Charlie Trotter and Roxanne Klein, Raw; Christian Delouvrier, Mastering Simplicity; David Bouley and Mario Lohninger, East of Paris; Andrew Dornenberg and Karen Page, The New American Chef; and Charles Palmer, The Art of Aureole.
Hosted by Food Arts magazine, the IH/M&RS Demonstration Kitchen offered five culinary-intensive programs featuring some of the most prominent chefs from around the world. Demonstrations included the preparation of modern dessert trends, desserts with olive oil, Australian lamb, cured pacific salmon and desserts with cheese. The demonstration kitchen was also host to a special presentation by member chefs of the Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA).
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 and is managed by George Little Management, LLC (GLM®). The 89th annual IH/M&RS will run Saturday, November 13, through Tuesday, November 16, 2004, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
Cathy Steel/Pamela Fink
|Also See:||Post Show Report For International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show, November 10-13, 2001 / November 2001|
|The 2000 Post Show Report - International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show / Nov 2000|