NEW LAUNCH: Ferrero, creator of mammoth brands Tic Tac and Nutella, has unveiled its newest creation in the form of a twin pack of Ferrero Rocher, which are perfect for hotel in-room trays. Born out of demand from hoteliers to offer something unique and different in their bedrooms, the packs will help up the perceived value for guests and the brand expects the new offering to the popular.
UK-based cleaning experts Xeros are exhibiting at Hotelympia with their washing machine which is said to use up to 50% less water and saves up to 80% of energy in every wash. The brand is hoping to target the hotel sector more this year, starting with the German market and then increasing activity in the UK.
Founder and director of Spa Creators, Alistair Johnson revealed exclusively to us that on the back of the launch of SPA Shell last year - the company's 'pop up' spa offering - a new smaller format has now been created in direct response from hoteliers. He said: "we are on the cusp of signing our first hotel for this new concept, which consists of four treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room and a juice bar." The smaller SPA Shell will be 140 sq metres.
The judges debate over the afternoon tea round for Salon Culinaire, tasting the pastries before deciding on a winner later this week.
Furniture brand Libya had some striking pieces on show at Hotelympia. Making their debut this year, the company has more than 1,200 products in their collection, ranging from lighting to seating and storage, all made using luxury fabrics and materials. Libya is hoping to penetrate the boutique hotel market in 2016, after building up a strong presence in the retail market. The biggest sellers were the show stopping chandeliers and that vintage and aged items are still popular.
The Churchill stand was creative and bang on trend. Extensive research into the food and eating trends markets goes into developing each range. Shown here is the Gentlemens afternoon tea collection, made from enamel, that was created when the rise of the Gentlemens afternoon become apparent. The Ladies afternoon tea set is shown next to it, with a strong vintage look and traditional afternoon tea feel.
The Nordic collection was new for Churchill. It is based on the Scandinavian trend that has proved really popular in interior design. Bowls plates and servers take a more natural form and are left to be organic, something which people are going for now. The brands most in demand ranges are the sharing platters and sociable servers.
The Nespresso stand was branded in its striking black signature colour, and similar to the look it had for The Restaurant Show. On show was the newest smaller machine, the Aguila 220, which had been selling well, especially in the pub sector.
Boutique Hotelier was treated to a coffee tasting with Nespresso's coffee connoisseur Neil Phillips. Here he taught us how to match coffee with cheese and how to identify the real flavours and depths of Nespresso's range. A great idea for a tasting night at a hotel and a trendy alternative to wine tasting.