IH&RA ushers in new leadership

The International Hotel & Restaurant Association (IH&RA) is appointing a new slate of directors effective 1 November 2006, following the Association’s Annual General Assembly held in Nice, France, on 28 October.Congratulations to new IH&RA President Dr. Ghassan Aïdi, President, Cham Palaces & Hotels. 
Dr. Aïdi takes over from Mr. Dieter Huckestein, President, Yellowstone Club World, former Chairman & CEO, Conrad Hotels and former President, Hilton Global Alliance - USA.

“This is a tremendous honour,” says Dr. Ghassan Aïdi, “I embrace the challenge and privilege of being IH&RA President and look forward to serving IH&RA members worldwide.”

Dr. Ghassan Aïdi is a long-time IH&RA member and served on the IH&RA Board of Directors in the year 2006 as Vice President for Hotels.  As President of Cham Palaces & Hotels and Royal Regency International Hotels, a US-based Hotels Management Company, Dr. Aïdi embodies the global hospitality industry.  He maintains offices on three continents, and manages Cham Palaces & Hotels’ luxury properties in USA, France, Lebanon, UAE, Syria and Jordan. 

The new IH&RA Board is comprised of a distinguished group of international hotel and restaurant chain leaders, chief executives of national hotel and restaurant associations worldwide and a representative of independent hotels, with two representatives appointed to represent IH&RA Worldwide Partners.  The new Board of Directors takes office immediately and will direct the Association from now and throughout the year 2007. 
here for more details on the IH&RA website.