IHS15 is shaping up to be a showstopper


This month, the UK’s top exhibition for the boutique and lifestyle hotel industry comes once again to Hilton Olympia. Yes we say it every year, but 2015’s Independent Hotel Show really is shaping up to be a showstopper, with new additions, big-name suppliers on show and insightful panel sessions guaranteed to help you grow your business. We bring you a round up of exactly what’s in store.

The Independent Hotel Show returns to Olympia this month on the 20th and 21st, with a packed two days of networking, new business ideas, advice and insight from some of the UK’s leading figures within the luxury, boutique and independent hotel sector.

This year brings with it more exhibitors, more insight and more feature areas, including the Independent Think Tank and an enhanced Destination Spa area. Intrigued? Read on.

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Once again the aisles of Olympia West will be filled with more than 300 premium exhibitors from across the hotel supply chain, showcasing their latest wares and products. Some will be launching new collections while others will be displaying the longevity of their products, all designed to bring something new and innovative to the sector.


Throughout the two-day show, a number of free-to-attend sessions will be held at The Business Theatre and on the Innovation Stage. Industry leaders will debate some hot topics and share their knowledge and insight in a range of sector areas, including design, technology and marketing. Some of the highlights this year include a panel including Paula McMinn of The Savoy and Neil Leo of Ace Hotel discussing The Future of Service, and a session for visitors to learn tricks of the trade as a panel of experts, including Simon Rhatigan of Devonshire Hotels, James Lohan of Mr & Mrs Smith and Petra Clayton of Custard Communications, present 20 sure-fire ways to fill a hotel throughout the year.

There will also be a session on nurturing staff in hospitality, delivered by Jonathan Raggett, MD of Red Carnation Hotels and Chairman of The Master Innholders, Carrie Wicks, operations director at Firmdale Hotels and Tim Hart, owner of Hambleton Hall.


The show’s prime networking space, The Hub has been designed by Jestico + Whiles this year, who’s winning design concept is built around the Great British weather featuring a glowing rainbow, rainfall and umbrellas.

The Hub is a great place to meet industry peers and mull over new ideas with a coffee in the day or glass of Champagne towards the evening.

Destination Spa

Launched at last year’s exhibition, Destination Spa is an area dedicated to spas and wellness within hotels. Featuring some top exhibitors in the sector, the area has been expanded this year and demonstrates the growth in spa and wellness market.

One of the new additions to Independent Hotel Show 2015 is the Independent Think Tank, a space designed to bring together the main movers and shakers of the hotel sector to debate key issues in a smaller, more focused workshop format.

The new area will allow attendees the opportunity to gain valuable insight in a more engaging and interactive setting.

Hansgrohe Guest Lounge

The designated Hansgrohe Guest Lounge will give guests the chance to take a breather and take some time to sit in a stylish space to see and handle some of Hansgrohe’s finest products.

Hoteliers Hall of Fame

The Independent Hotel Show will again reward and acknowledge the country’s most influential hoteliers with the annual Independent Hotelier and Outstanding New Hotel awards.

Previous winner include boutique hotel stalwarts Kit and Tim Kemp of Firmdale Hotels and Robin Hutson, CEO of Lime Wood Group who won awards last year.

The Outstanding New Hotel Award, now in its third year, recognises top independent, luxury and boutique hotels that have opened or relaunched within the last three years.

Bidding to be crowned winner this year are Artist Residence London, Dormy House Hotel and Spa, Broadway, Great Northern Hotel, London, Hotel Gotham, Manchester, The Beaumont, London and The Coach House at Middleton Lodge, Richmond, North Yorkshire.

The Independent Hotelier Award rewards an individual who has helped changed the landscape of the sector over the past year, showing commitment to the development of both their team and hotel.

The shortlist is; Robin Hutson, chairman and CEO for Lime Wood Group and Home Grown Hotels; Tim Hart, owner, Hambleton Hall; Neil Kedward & Zoe Agar, owners, The Grove, Narberth Hotel; Robert Nadler, CEO, Nadler Hotels; Danny Pecorelli, managing director, Exclusive Hotels and Olga Polizzi, director of design, Rocco Forte Hotels and owner, Hotel Tresanton and Hotel Endsleigh.

Winners will be announced at the Independent Hotel Show Awards Ceremony on October 20 2015. After which the Boutique Hotelier Personal Service Star Awards will then take place, just across the road at Hilton Olympia.

Come say hi to the Boutique Hotelier team!
We’ll be exhibiting at the Independent Hotel Show on stand M2 and would love to say hello to as many of you as possible!