May 03, 2011 - Source: IMG Fashion

Greater New York Chapter Past Presidents to Bestow Honor June 8 at 230 Fifth

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, produced by IMG Fashion, last year moved to a new home at Lincoln Center and the New York area hospitality industry, under the banner of the Hospitality Sales &  Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Greater New York Chapter, joins the many other organizations in the recognition of this event by presenting IMG Fashion and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with its 18th Annual Frank W. Berkman Tourism Achievement Award.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a previous Tourism Achievement Award winner himself, said: “For years, the famed fashion tents drew people from all over the world to New York City, and – with its debut at Lincoln Center – it’s been an even greater success.  Every year, the events pump hundreds of millions of dollars into the City’s economy and support the 175,000 people who work in New York City’s fashion industry.”
The award is presented by the Past Presidents of the HSMAI Greater New York Chapter to recognize and honor individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to the tourism industry in New York City.

The inaugural Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center featured more than 90 of the world’s most established and up-and-coming designers presenting their collections for Spring 2011.  Each year, the more than 230,000 attendees at New York’s Fashion Week generate new economic activity for New York City businesses, accounting for more than $466 million in direct visitor spending and generating more than $770 million in economic activity in New York City.

“As Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week moves to Lincoln Center, I am proud to see a West Side spirit of openness and cooperation that embraces all members of our community," said New York City Council Member Gail A. Brewer. “To New Yorkers, Fashion Week is important for more than seven days.  It's a life-changing opportunity for our young people to experience the excitement, glamour and hard work that careers in high-style clothing design, fashion writing, and modeling really involve.  Our small businesses, restaurants, watering holes and non-profits are ready to serve Fashion Week's thousands of visitors and industry professionals.”

Working with IMG Fashion and Lincoln Center, the City has embarked on a coordinated effort to ensure Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week takes place in an efficient and organized manner. Led by the Citywide Event Coordination and Management Office, City agencies including the Transportation, Police, Fire, Buildings, Parks and Recreation, and Sanitation Departments, together with the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit and New York City Economic Development Corporation, have coordinated on issues related to pedestrian access, ancillary parking, community resources, traffic flow, and opportunities for local businesses.

“A new home for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center – already one of the great showcases for New York’s creative talents – means new opportunities for area businesses, and a chance for thousands of attendees to visit New York City,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth Pinsky. “The fashion industry has always been on the cutting edge, and as we work to make New York City the global capital of innovation, we are committed to supporting the growth of this vital sector.”
"These comments all tie in well with the spirit of our annual Frank W. Berkman Tourism Achievement Award as Fashion Week is one of the annual highlights of our New York City tourism calendar as well," said Frank Stapleton, Chair of the Frank W. Berkman Awards Committee for the Past Presidents of HSMAI Greater New York Chapter.

The 18th annual Frank W. Berkman Tourism Achievement Award will be presented by the Greater New York Chapter of HSMAI at a black tie gala dinner on June 8, 2011 at 230 Fifth.

The evening includes the presentation of the HSMAI Greater New York Chapter’s annual industry awards recognizing excellence among general managers, directors of sales, marketing, revenue management, operations, and more.

Frank W. Berkman, CHME, was a former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of HSMAI for 16 years. This award was created in 1994 by the Past President’s Council of the HSMAI Greater New York Chapter and was named after Berkman because of his dedication to building HSMAI into the highly-influential international hospitality industry organization it is today.

Previous recipients recognized for their outstanding contributions to the tourism industry in New York City include:
2010          Times Square Alliance
2009          United States Tennis Association U.S. Open
2008          New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
2007          Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes
2006          Jonathan Tisch, Chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels
2005          ING New York City Marathon
2004          The Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting
2003          Macy*s
2002          FDNY, EMTs, NYPD & Port Authority Police
2001          Starwood Hotels
2000          The League of American Theatre & Producers
1999          The Today Show
1998          Donald Trump
1997          Mayor Rudolph Giulliani
1996          Arthur Surin, Senior Vice President of Hilton Hotels Corporation
1995          Robert Preston Tisch, Chairman of the Board for Loews Hotels
1994          Charles Gillette, Chair of the New York Convention & Visitors Bureau

A special commemorative journal is being published for this memorable tourism event.
Tickets for the Frank W. Berkman Dinner are available at $185 until May 30th ($200 after May 30th); $1,480 for table of eight until May 30th ($1,600 after May 30th); and $1,850 for table of 10 until May 30th ($2,000 after May 30th).  Tickets and journal messages celebrating the honorees can be purchased by going to the website at www.hsmainyc.org