CEO's Message

A New Season

Here we are at the start of another academic year which signals the coming of ICHRIE events being held in the fourth quarter. I hope your travels this season include attendance at the EuroCHRIE conference in October and/or the annual IH/MRS in New York in November.

You might be considering whether or not to attend the 32nd annual EuroCHRIE conference being held 6-9 October in Dubai. Dubai is often referred to as “The City of The Future” and the future of this city is closely linked to the continued development of tourism. The aim of the EuroCHRIE Dubai 2014 Conference is to:

  1. Reflect on how the world of Tourism and Hospitality has changed.
  2. Scientifically consider what the future challenges and opportunities for the industry are.
  3. Consider how these changes need to be reflected in Tourism and Hospitality education.
  4. Determine how International CHRIE and EuroCHRIE can assist us to change, develop and meet these new requirements and to excel in our missions to develop the industry leaders of the future.

For more details, visit for all the details and features of this year’s conference. I plan to be there, so I hope to see you there as well!

For those travelling to New York this November for the 99th annual IHMRS, the show is being held once again at the Javits Convention Center from November 9-11, with the Hospitality Leadership Forum being held November 8. This annual event is billed as the hospitality industry’s most comprehensive trade event, with 650+ exhibitors and five dedicated divisions—each with a central hub for demos, networking and on-floor education. International CHRIE has once again secured discount registrations for educators for the New York show. You can register at and enter the code ICHRIE2014 to receive your discounted rate.

As is our tradition during the New York Hotel Show, we will hold the annual Eta Sigma Delta Honor Society breakfast and program. We express our sincere gratitude to Marriott International for once again sponsoring this ESD breakfast. It is greatly appreciated—in these belt-tightening times—that Marriott has continued to demonstrate their support of ICHRIE through their sponsorships. The breakfast will be held as always on Sunday morning, which this year is on November 9. Programming and location are still under discussion, so ESD Chapter Advisors and students should keep a look out for updates as we get closer.

This year’s Alligator Hour being held in New York (most likely at the Waldorf Astoria) is once again being generously sponsored by ICHRIE’s North East North American (NENA) Federation. Once the actual date and location have been finalized you will receive notice via email—so keep watch for details to follow!

It’s not too early to make your plans and book your travel to one of these upcoming events. I look forward to seeing you and to having the chance to chat. I wish you safe journeys wherever your travels take you this season.

Kathy McCarty


Kathy McCarty

Chief Executive Officer