NEW YORK, NY - The hospitality, meetings, travel and tourism industries will join forces to honor and award the New York City firefighters, police, Port Authority police and emergency medical technicians under the banner of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) at the Ninth Annual Frank Berkman Tourism Achievement Awards banquet June 27 at the Regent Wall Street Hotel.
HSMAI officials selected the uniformed services personnel of New York City for their heroic acts on and following the events of Sept. 11 and what that meant to the tourism industry in New York City. Representatives from these departments will be present at the banquet to receive the award.
“The Regent Wall Street Hotel has been chosen as the location for the awards banquet because of its proximity to the World Trade Center and the hotel`s ability to properly reflect the recovery of tourism in New York City,” Stapleton added.
On behalf of the entire hospitality, meetings, travel and tourism industries of New York, HSMAI annually bestows this award on an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to the tourism industry in New York City.
Frank W. Berkman, a certified hospitality marketing executive (CHME), was a former Executive Vice President and chief operating officer for HSMAI. The award was named after him because of his dedication to building HSMAI into the highly influential international hospitality industry organization it is today.
Past recipients of the award include former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, NBC`s The Today Show, The League of American Theaters and Producers, Charles Gillett, former head of the NYC Convention & Visitors Bureau, hoteliers Preston Robert Tisch, Donald Trump and Arthur Surin, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
“This year, the HSMAI Big Apple Chapter Past Presidents` Council, representing the hospitality, travel and tourism industries, chose to recognize the contributions of the uniformed services of New York City in protecting the people of New York and in projecting the image of New York City as a must-visit destination,” said Richard S. Kahn, immediate past president.
Other New York-based tourism organizations participating in this year`s event include Meeting Professionals International Greater New York Chapter, the Hotel Association of NYC, International Special Events Society, the Professional Convention Management Association, the New York Society of Association Executives, the Receptive Services Association, and the American Society of Travel Agents.
The black-tie Gala Dinner will take place on Thursday, June 27, 2002 at The Regent Wall Street Hotel. Participants will include representatives from all four segments of the uniformed services including firefighters, police, Port Authority police and emergency technicians.
Entertainment will be provided by Synergy. Tickets cost $150 per person in advance and companies may purchase tables by contacting Kathie Stapleton at 914-762-1456. All profits from the event will be donated equally to the each of the uniformed services funds including: the FDNY Widows and Children Fund, the NYPD Police Foundation, the EMS Memorial Foundation and the World Trade Center Port Authority Memorial Fund
HSMAI is an organization of sales and marketing professionals representing all segments of the hospitality industry. With a strong focus on education, HSMAI has become the industry champion in identifying and communicating trends in the hospitality industry while operating as a leading voice for both hospitality and sales and marketing management disciplines.
For more information, please contact either Kathie Stapleton (telephone: 914-762-1456, e-mail: Kastapleton@earthlink.net) or Richard Kahn (telephone: 516-594-4100; e-mail: Richard@Kahn-Travel.com).