Ian Schrager has received a Lifetime Achievement Award at IHIF Berlin.
The hotel design icon, who is the inspiration behind the London Edition and its restaurant Berners Street Tavern, was honoured at the conference today.
From his initial ventures, the nightclubs Studio 54 and Palladium, through to the opening of Morgans hotel in 1984 and subsequent creation of the Ian Schrager Company, which owns, develops and manages hotels, Schrager has probably had more influence than anyone on the way hotels look worldwide today.
Schrager said: "My goal has always been to do something new and truly innovative - to push the boundaries and break with convention. I have always felt product distinction is everything. Throughout my career I have tried to provide guests with more than just a place to sleep by creating authentic, one-of-a-kind experiences that capture the zeitgeist and reflect the spirit of the times. I feel very fortunate that the hotel industry has given me this tremendous opportunity."
Tess Pearson, event director at Questex Media Group, hosts of IHIF, added: "Ian Schrager is synonymous with groundbreaking concepts that have changed the hospitality business. The purpose of The IHIF Lifetime Achievement Award is to recognise truly inspirational leadership and vision. We are genuinely delighted to be able to publically recognise the developments Ian has made throughout his career at IHIF 2014."