Hotel leaders hail the launch of new support business


A new hospitality support and advice service has been launched, backed by a number of industry leaders and top hoteliers.

The new venture, named Hospitality Experts, is being led by the owners of hotel marketing agency Journey, and will see a consortium of professionals sharing their advice and experience to benefit others in the industry.

A collection of familiar faces from the hospitality industry gathered last week for the launch of the new business, which aims to help hoteliers, managers and their teams to learn from the expert’s advice to help build a bigger and stronger industry for all.

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The panel of select experts, which are part of the group through interest alone and have not been paid to contribute, are headed up by key ambassadors, including Harry Murray MBE, chairman of Lucknam Park, Peter Hancock FIH MI, CEO of Pride of Britain Hotels, Danny Pecorelli, MD of Exclusive Hotels and Venues and Robin Sheppard, chairman of The Bespoke Hotel Group.

Harry Murray MBE spoke at the launch and congratulated two of the men behind Hospitality Experts, Simon Bullingham and Julian Vaughan, on the initiative. He said he was delighted to be an Ambassador to support the Hospitality Experts during what was a challenging and changing time in the industry.

“I am very lucky to have chosen the best industry in the world to work in, I have managed hotels across five decades and still have the same passion for hospitality" he said.

“I am sure you will all agree the hospitality industry in this country has never been more challenging or more exciting than it is today. We are very fortunate that hospitality and tourism is growing throughout the world. I think the UK is in a prime position to take full advantage of this growth & this initiative will help develop the most important asset of the hospitality business our people.

“I will watch with great interest and when I am called upon and asked for any advice I will be only too pleased to help.”

One of the men behind Hospitality Experts, Julian Vaughan, from Journey and the Creative Network, said: “We decided to create this brand as a platform for industry professionals to share their own stories and ideas,” said Julian. “There are people from all areas of hospitality, from front of house to marketing, but they are all well respected true experts in their own fields.

“We all have so much of offer as individuals, but as a group we can bring so much more to the table. Everyone who is part of Hospitality Experts is passionate about hospitality and our aim is to take the industry in the right direction.”