The Independent Hotel Show returned to Olympia West on October 20 and 21 for its fourth consecutive year, and welcomed almost 6,000 visitors through its doors.
The two-day exhibition once again did not disappoint, bringing together hoteliers from all over the country to soak up business tips, industry insight and new product innovations to benefit their own establishments.
Attracting 5,598 visitors, in excess of 2,700 seminar and business session attendees, over 280 exhibitors, 107 hotel industry contributors and speakers, 23 panel discussions and business sessions, eight thought leadership Think Tank discussions and two acclaimed hotel and hotelier award winners.
Key highlights of this year’s show included the popular seminar schedule, which offered visitors expert opinion and solutions to help hoteliers drive their business forward and boost profits.
Kicking off proceedings at the Business Theatre, James Parsons, head of business development at STR Global, presented an overview of the booming UK hotel market and the growth potential for independent hoteliers in London and across the regions.
Other key speakers at the show included Fiona Duncan of the Telegraph, Andrew Grahame of Farncombe Estate, Robert Nadler of Nadler Hotels and James Lohan of Mr and Mrs Smith, as well as successful celebrity chefs and TV presenters, Rick Stein and Brian Turner.
Two new editions to this year’s show were the Independent Think Tank and Destination Spa Talks, which provided a more targeted area for thought leadership and exploration into the profit making potential of the world of wellness.
Commenting on the awards, Alison Dolan says: “These awards represent the best hotel operators in the independent sector and we are very proud to be associated with them. They are hugely important to the sector because they provide great recognition and validation to hoteliers who put so much work into making their hotels a truly unique and wonderful place to stay.”
The dates have already been set for next year – October 18 and 19 – and more than 60% of companies have already rebooked to exhibit again next year.