Top-Level Industry Panel Will Highlight Cornell Hospitality Research Summit

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Top-Level Industry Panel Will Highlight Cornell Hospitality Research Summit

Ithaca, NY, July 10, 2012 - The leaders of four hospitality related firms will keynote the Cornell Hospitality Research Summit (CHRS), set for October 8-9, 2012, at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. Chaired by Michael Johnson, dean of the School of Hotel Administration, the panel will analyze the hotel industry's strategy for moving forward, as part of the CHRS's overall theme: "Service Excellence and Performance Growth in the Global Hospitality Industry: Strategies and Approaches for Navigating Forward."

"This is our second CHRS conference, and it has an extremely strong lineup," said Professor Rohit Verma, CHRS chair. "This keynote panel is a highlight of some 80 presentations by industry leaders and academic researchers scheduled for the CHRS. I greatly appreciate the participation of these top industry leaders." Verma added that early registration for CHRS at reduced cost is now open. The full list of industry speakers is available on the CHR website, along with a listing of all the sessions at a glance.

The industry panel members are:

Arthur Adler, managing director and CEO, Americas, Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels;

David Peckinpaugh, president, Maritz Travel Company;

Ted Teng, CEO, the Leading Hotels of the World; and

Adam Weissenberg, vice chairman, global and U.S. travel, hospitality and leisure leader, Deloitte & Touche USA.

Ted Teng, who spoke at the first CHRS, said: "This is the most thought provoking hospitality conference I have ever attended. The collaboration between industry and the academy produced rich content and thought leadership on many current topics facing the practitioners of the industry."

The CHRS also will present the Hospitality Research and Analytics Award to honor the industry's best research ideas that have been put into practice. The nomination and submission deadline for this top-level award is July 20. The Hospitality Research and Analytics Award features the practical application of research and analysis to advance the hospitality industry. Award winners will be recognized during the CHRS's awards dinner ceremony on October 9, 2012. Award winners will be acknowledged in conference press releases from the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research (CHR). The Hospitality Research and Analytics award is presented by CHR and supported by IDeaS, a SAS company, and a partner of the CHR.

About the Cornell Hospitality Research Summit

Designed as a unique environment that matches participation of industry and university, the Cornell Hospitality Research Summit is scheduled for October 8-9, 2012, on the beautiful Cornell campus in Ithaca, NY. The CHRS was developed at the suggestion of the advisory board of the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research, to create a forum for the exchange of actionable ideas and strategies for the hospitality industry and related businesses. Early registration featuring a reduced price is currently under way.

The CHRS Title Sponsor is The Leading Hotels of the World; Platinum Sponsor is HotelNewsNow.com, a division of STR; Gold Sponsors are Deloitte, Hilton Worldwide, HVS, IDeaS, J.D. Power and Associates, LRP Publications, PKF Hospitality Research, Proskauer, SAS, STR, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, and Wyndham Hotel Group. Media Sponsors are Hotel Business, HotelExecutive.com, and HSyndicate.

For details on the agendas, presenters, and accommodations, please visit us at http://www.hotelschool.cornell.edu/research/chr/events/chrs/

About The Center for Hospitality Research
A unit of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, The Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) sponsors research designed to improve practices in the hospitality industry. Under the lead of the center's 78 corporate affiliates, experienced scholars work closely with business executives to discover new insights into strategic, managerial and operating practices. The center also publishes the award-winning hospitality journal, the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly. To learn more about the center and its projects, visit www.chr.cornell.edu.

Center Senior Partners: ASAE Foundation, Carlson Hotels, Hilton Worldwide, National Restaurant Association, SAS, STR, and Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
 
Center Partners: Davis & Gilbert LLP, Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, Denihan Hospitality Group, eCornell & Executive Education, Expedia, Inc., Forbes Travel Guide, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Fox Rothschild LLP, French Quarter Holdings, Inc., HVS, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, InterContinental Hotels Group, Jumeirah Group, LRP Publications, Maritz, Marriott International, Inc., Marsh's Hospitality Practice, McDonald's USA, newBrandAnalytics, priceline.com, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Proskauer, ReviewPro, Sabre Hospitality Solutions, Sathguru Management Consultants (P) Ltd., Schneider Electric, Thayer Lodging Group, Thompson Hotels, Travelport, WATG and Wyndham Hotel Group

Center Friends: 4Hoteliers.com • Berkshire Healthcare • Center for Advanced Retail Technology • Cleverdis • Complete Seating • Cruise Industry News • DK Shifflet & Associates • ehotelier.com • EyeforTravel • Gerencia de Hoteles & Restaurantes • Global Hospitality Resources • Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) • hospitalityInside.com • hospitalitynet.org • Hospitality Technology Magazine • HotelExecutive.com • International CHRIE • International Hotel Conference • International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) • iPerceptions • JDA Software Group, Inc. • J.D. Power and Associates • The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. • Lodging Hospitality • Lodging Magazine • LRA Worldwide, Inc. • Milestone Internet Marketing • MindFolio • Mindshare Technologies • PhoCusWright Inc. • PKF Hospitality Research • Questex Hospitality Group • Resort and Recreation Magazine • The Resort Trades • RestaurantEdge.com • Shibata Publishing Co. • Synovate • UniFocus • Vantage Strategy • WageWatch, Inc. • WIWIH.COM