HMG Awarded Management Contract For IHMRS

Newly formed media company comes up big on recent competitive bid

CINCINNATI, OHIO (DECEMBER 17, 2012)— Hospitality Media Group LLC (HMG) has been awarded the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) management contract beginning in 2013 and continuing through 2015, according to Michelle Finn, President of HMG.

Hospitality Media Group was selected due to their innovative approach to trade show development and their team’s extensive hospitality experience, coupled with strong operational skills and attention to bottom line performance. We are delighted to have a partner in HMG that also values and is dedicated to providing superb service and an outstanding experience,” said Joe McInerney, CHA and AH&LA President and CEO and a member of the IHMRS Board of Directors.

Each year, the IHMRS brings together hoteliers and food service professionals in search of the hospitality industry’s newest products and services. The trade show has long been acknowledged as the gold standard for this segment of the industry.

“We are pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Robinson as VP Group Show Director for HMG, responsible for the development and management of the IHMRS show, along with our additional trade fair brands,” said Finn.

“I am delighted to join the HMG team and feel privileged to continue to serve the hospitality sector,” said Robinson. Prior to joining HMG, Robinson spent 23 years with George Little Management (GLM) managing trade shows in multiple market segments including the IHMRS.  In his new role with HMG, Robinson will report directly to Finn.

“HMG’s management of IHMRS marks the beginning of a new era for this internationally-recognized event.  With Phil Robinson bringing his more than 20 years’ experience to HMG, I am confident he and his new colleagues will ensure IHMRS retains its reputation as the industry’s largest show, continues to offer the best experience for attendees and exhibitors and enjoys tremendous growth for years to come,” added McInerney.

“We are proud to have been awarded the contract of such a prestigious industry event and to be able to build on its success and leading position in the marketplace,” added Finn.

For additional information regarding IHMRS 2013, contact Phil Robinson at

HMG is a privately held media company serving the global hospitality industry and specializing in trade fairs, conferences and event management and development.

Events included in the HMG portfolio are: BDwest; BDNY; Management of IHMRS; Boutique Design Forums; Boutique 18 and Sponsorship of the Gold Key Awards.  BDNY and BD West trade fairs are produced by HMG and sponsored by Boutique Design and Hospitality Style magazines.

The International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show brings together 18,000 buyers and 700 sellers of hospitality products and services in such categories as food & beverage, food service equipment and supplies, furnishings, guest amenities, HVAC, linens, tableware and uniforms.  IHMRS is owned by the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. (HANYC), the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSH&TA), and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and is managed by Hospitality Media Group (HMG). The 2013 IHMRS is scheduled to take place November 10-12, 2013 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.  Please visit for more information.


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