Brexit high on the agenda at this year’s HOSPACE2017


Consequences of leaving the EU for the UK hospitality industry, evidence-based HR, the cyber threat, and the ever-evolving dynamics of OTAs are just some of the key topics to be examined at HOSPACE2017 Conference and Exhibition on November 2.

Held at the Royal Lancaster London in a few months’ time, HOSPACE2017 is the annual conference and exhibition of HOSPA, the UK’s leading organisation for hospitality professionals involved in Financial Management, Revenue Management, Marketing and IT.

Updating delegates and discussing the issues and implications for the UK hospitality industry will be John Guthrie, employment policy advisor at the British Hospitality Association (BHA), and last year’s acclaimed HOSPACE2016 Brexit panelists: Martine Ainsworth-Wells, head of destination engagement, ETOA (European Tour Operators Association); Jeremy Robinson, partner, Watson Farley Williams; and Mark Essex, director, Public Policy, KPMG.

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They will once again be imparting their wisdom on the vitally important subject: ‘The consequences of leaving the EU for the Hospitality industry’.

The value of evidence based HR will come under scrutiny at the first panel discussion of HOSPACE2017. The session is entitled: ‘Evidence based HR, friend or foe? What came first, people or data?’. The panel will attempt to show delegates how industry operators need to be smart around ‘people data’, and how it can be used effectively to address HR challenges.

The last panel session of the morning will be given over to ‘Do you know who is watching you? – the cyber threat.’

‘The ever-evolving dynamics of Online Travel Agents (OTAs)’ will be the title of the final panel session of the one-day HOSPACE2017 Conference and Exhibition.

Another HOSPACE2017 afternoon highlight will be an interview with Sally Beck, general manager of Royal Lancaster London – HOSPACE2017’s new venue. Beck has been at the hotel’s helm since 2012 and is responsible for the operation of one of the largest banqueting establishments in Europe. She has been overseeing the final stages of the Royal Lancaster’s £80 million renovation, completed in time for the hotel’s 50th anniversary and HOSPACE2017.

To book for HOSPACE2017 and the Gala Awards Dinner: Email:; or Telephone: Charlotte Pratt, HOSPA Membership and Events Manager, on 020 3418 8196. For regularly updated information on HOSPACE2017, visit:


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