Greg Bows, current standing Managing Director of African Impact, has won the 2015 Young Leader Award.
The award, established in 2009 by the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) and the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), is designed to recognise and celebrate the excellence of young emerging leaders in the hospitality industry.
The award was presented during a morning plenary session on Tuesday 3rd March at the InterContinental Berlin, Germany. Tess Pearson, Event Director, Questex Media Group, hosts of IHIF, commented: “The IHIF Young Leader Award is just one aspect which sets this event apart from others. We take immense pride in investing time and energy, along with ISHC, to organise this award which recognises the considerable contribution these young leaders are making to our industry. Greg was an exceptional candidate, responsible for raising the profile of volunteer tourism - an emerging area of the sector, and we are thrilled to be able to name him as the winner of the IHIF Young Leader Award 2015”.
On receiving the news that he had been chosen as the winner of this award, Greg said: “"Winning this award has left me both humbled and thrilled. Aside from the personal honour, this award is an important recognition of the volunteer travel industry. In building African Impact over the last decade and helping shape responsible tourism through this, I am confident in the power that volunteer travel can have in generating positive change globally. To be acknowledged by an industry forum as influential as the IHIF is hugely gratifying and very exciting”.
The many reasons why Greg was chosen as the winner of this award is well articulated by our co-founder, Andrew Connolly, as he said: “Using Greg’s passion for providing amazing experiences to tourists in the hospitality world and making tourism a real force for social change, African Impact has been a true success. Greg’s commitment and effort should be rewarded which is why I nominated him for this award”. We at African Impact certainly believe that IHIF has chosen their winner very well this year.
African Impact has been incredibly well represented by Greg over the years, and this award will surely be a tool to grow our organisation and increase our impact across the African continent. We would like to that Greg for his hard work and the vision that has helped carry African Impact to the place it is today and look forward to the growth that will follow in Greg’s wake.
Further information about the 18th IHIF which takes place from 2-4th March at the Hotel InterContinental Berlin, Germany can be found at www.berlinconference.com