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Huckestein elected president at IH&RA

Dieter Huckestein, the Chairman & CEO of Conrad Hotels and President of Hilton Global
Alliance has been elected 2006 IH&RA President At The IH&RA 42nd Annual Congress In Beijing, China.Mr. Huckestein, who delivered the keynote address at this year’s Annual Congress,
was elected IH&RA
President at the association’s Annual General Assembly and
announced at the IH&RA Congress Final Gala Dinner before over 400
delegates from the international and Chinese hotel and restaurant industry.  Also
elected in the role of IH&RA Vice President Hotels is Ghassan Aïdi, President, Cham
Palaces & Hotels and in the role of IH&RA Vice President - Restaurants is Bruce C.
Cotton, Director Emeritus, National Restaurant Association.

Dieter Huckestein oversees all operations, marketing and development of the Conrad
brand of luxury hotels on a worldwide basis. His wealth of extensive international
operations experience at both Hilton International and Hilton Hotels Corporation
continues to serve him well in his capacity as President of the Hilton Global
Alliance, responsible for all operational aspects of Hilton Hotels Corporation’s
strategic alliance with Hilton International.

Mr. Huckestein said “I am truly honored to have been elected IH&RA President and
thank IH&RA members for their vote of confidence.  I look forward to serving as
President of this global hotel and restaurant association and to actively work to
enhance member services and to ensure that IH&RA continues to play its important
role as a global leader in representing and defending the hospitality industry

In addition to his role as Chairman and CEO of Conrad Hotels and President of the
Hilton Global Alliance of Conrad Hotels, Dieter Huckestein brings extensive
experience in association leadership.  He served as the 2004 Chairman of the AH&LA,
the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and remains a member of the AH&LA
Chairman’s CEO Council, and on the board of the AH&LA Educational Institute.  Joe
McInerney, AH&LA President, was in Beijing to welcome Dieter Huckestein in his new
role as IH&RA President.  “Dieter Huckestein has been a leader and visionary for
AH&LA throughout his term and he will contribute greatly to IH&RA in his capacity as