Interlaken to host IH&RA congress in March
Lausanne, February 5, 2014
Preparations for the 51st annual congress of the International Hotel and Restaurant Association IH&RA from 10 to 12 March 2014, which will be held in Interlaken Switzerland, are in full swing.
About 300 hospitality industry leaders from all around the world together with guests from other fields will gather for the annual congress of the International Hotel and Restaurant Association (IH&RA) in Switzerland in March.
The 51st annual IH&RA congress, to be held from March 10 to 12 in Interlaken, will be the great rendezvous of the international hospitality industry, said a statement.
The official opening will be n March 10 at 5 pm., where Adolf Ogi, previous president of Switzerland and UN ambassador, will deliver the opening message. He will be followed by Taleb Rifai, secretary general of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
UNWTO and IH&RA have agreed to sign an agreement for strategic partnership at the end of the opening ceremony - one of the highlights of the congress.
March 11 will be a “working day” with several presentations and panels on sustainability, online distribution and distribution technology. Numerous prominent speakers, executives from OTA's and representatives of IT companies have already signed on for the event.
On the last day (March 12), all delegates will make an excursion to the Jungfrau - Top of Europe.
Swiss International Airlines offers up to 20 per cent discount on flights to and from Switzerland and the Swiss Railway System offers free First class train tickets from any Swiss airport to Interlaken for participants.
People wishing to participate in the event have been advised to register before February 15 via the IH&RA website: www.ih-ra.com.
The IH&RA is the only international trade association exclusively devoted to promoting and defending the interests of the hotel and restaurant industry worldwide, the statement added. Officially recognised by the UN, it monitors and lobbies all international agencies on behalf of this industry. - TradeArabia News Service