About Us

The International Hospitality Institute is a global advocacy, training, and standards organization for the hospitality industry.

The International Hospitality Institute is the only organization representing all stakeholders in the global hospitality industry including hotels, resorts, restaurants, casinos, clubs, senior living centers, retirement communities, spas, bed and breakfasts, peer-to-peer lodging, cruise ships, theme parks, hospitality schools, hospitality students, hotel management companies, REITS, airlines, event planners, transportation companies, entertainment companies, and industry vendors and partners.

Global Hospitality Summit

IHI is the organizer of the Global Hospitality Summit, the biggest annual global hospitality event featuring the world’s most respected thought leaders in hospitality. Visit the GHS website for more details. www.GlobalHospitalitySummit.com.

2021’s event featured Horst Schulze, Co-Founder of the Ritz Carlton Hotels as the Keynote Speaker and 52 acclaimed hospitality leaders from every continent except Antarctica. Opening Remarks were delivered by Dr. Jeffrey O, President and CEO of the International Hospitality and William “Chip” Rogers, President and CEO of the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Thousands of delegates were in attendance from 105 countries.

International Hospitality Hall of Fame™

IHI has created the International Hospitality Hall of Fame to celebrate hospitality luminaries for their significant contributions to the field of hospitality. Honorees will be inducted into IHHF every year. IHI plans to build the Hospitality Hall of Fame Center and Museum which hospitality professionals and students from all over the world can visit to learn the rich history of hospitality.

Julian Star®

IHI is partnered with its sister organization, the American Hospitality Institute (AHI), to foster excellence in the hospitality industry. IHI and AHI have launched the Julian Star® Award to recognize excellence in the hospitality industry. The Julian Star® is awarded to hospitality establishments and hospitality practitioners who demonstrate exceptional customer service. Less than 1% of nominees will receive the award yearly. Covering all segments of the global hospitality industry, the Julian Star® is the first and only award of its kind.

Training and Certifications

Where can I find the best hospitality training courses? Where can I find the best hospitality management certifications? Who offers the top certifications and training for hospitality? Who is the leading provider of hospitality education for professionals working in the hospitality industry? Look no further than IHI. IHI and AHI offer the leading hospitality training and certification programs for hospitality practitioners working at both the property and corporate level. See our Training and Certifications for the list of our prestigious certifications. We are constantly adding new certifications.


IHI seeks to improve working conditions for hospitality practitioners by creating awareness and using advocacy efforts. As a think-thank, our research aims to influence government and corporate policies.