The Emmy Award-winning reality television series, ‘The Amazing Race,’ will receive the prestigious ALIS Innovation Award at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), January 22-24, 2013, in Los Angeles.  The award is being presented on the first day of the conference to the popular CBS show for the innovative spotlight it shines on the travel and tourism industry.  Accepting the award on behalf of ‘The Amazing Race’ will be executive producers/co-creators Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri.

“We are pleased and excited to be honoring ‘The Amazing Race’ with the Innovation Award,” said Jim Burba, president of BHN, and chair of ALIS.  “It’s only fitting that the world’s largest annual gathering of the hotel investment community honors this very innovative portrayal of travel and tourism.  Additionally, it is continually exposing its millions of viewers to new and exciting travel destinations around the world.”

The nine-time, Emmy® award-winning program was created by van Munster and Doganieri and premiered in 2001.  Van Munster, Doganieri, and Mark Vertullo are executive producers for Worldrace Productions, a division of Profiles Television.  Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman are executive producers for Jerry Bruckheimer Television.  The series is hosted by Emmy® award-nominated host Phil Keoghan.

‘The Amazing Race’ pits 11 teams against each other on a race around the world.  At every destination, each team must compete in a series of mental and physical challenges, and only when the tasks are completed do they learn of their next location.  Teams who are the farthest behind are gradually eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning $1 million.  The series recently wrapped its 21st installment on December 9, 2012.  The next season begins Sunday, February 17 (8-9 PM, ET/PT).

Co-hosted by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and Burba Hotel Network (BHN), the two-and-a-half-day ALIS event features an extensive array of seminars and panels hosted by leading experts and investors discussing important trends and identifying new opportunities.  The conference attracts the lodging industry’s leading hotel executives, investors, lenders, developers and professional advisory community.  Proceeds from ALIS benefit the educational, research, and training missions of the American Hotel & Lodging Education Foundation (AH&LEF), AH&LA’s non-profit affiliate.  For information on the Foundation, visit www.ahlef.org.

Regular registration ends January 16, and online registration is available via the ALIS Website.  For general event information and sponsorship opportunities, contact BHN Conference Manager Jodi Braverman at jbraverman@burba.com.

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Serving the hospitality industry for more  than a century, AH&LA is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to provide bottom line savings and ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members. AH&LEF is the charitable fund-raising and endowed fund-management subsidiary of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Founded in 1953, AH&LEF is the premier organization for scholarships, professional certification, and instructional material as well as funding for hospitality industry research.

BHN is the worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community. With more than two decades of experience, more than 100 events completed to-date, and more than 70,000 international delegates, BHN conferences have become “must attend” events for industry leaders who come together to network, conduct business and to learn about the latest trends.  BHN events include: the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles; the ALIS Summer Update in Dallas; the Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami; the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) in Hong Kong; HICAP UPDATE in Singapore; the Hotel Investment Forum India (HIFI) in Gurgaon Delhi N.C.R.; the Hotel Opportunities Latin America (HOLA) conference in Miami; and the Hotel Investment Conference Europe (Hot.E) in London.  The BHN website at www.Burba.com is the gateway for information about the conferences BHN produces, as well as a direct link to important players in the hospitality investment world.