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Independent Hotel Show 2018 opens today

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The show for anybody serious about the boutique, lifestyle, and independent hospitality sector returns to London’s Olympia today. To make sure you don’t miss out on anything, we bring you an exclusive preview of the best suppliers, seminars and sneak peeks so you can soak up every ounce of inspiration.

The Independent Hotel Show, presented by James Hallam Insurance Brokers, returns to Olympia on 16 &17 October.

Celebrating seven years of bringing together the industry’s finest suppliers, talented speakers and ambitious entrepreneurs, this carefully-curated show is loved for its unwavering focus on the luxury boutique hotel sector.

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Dive into a melting pot of design and innovation. Meet 350 marketing-leading, visionary exhibitors, from interiors, tech and wellbeing, to F&B, marketing, finance and more. Step into bespoke design spaces for networking and accumulate a wealth of new information from seminars and debates with the industry’s movers and shakers.

A vision for sacred sleep

Taking centre-stage at this year’s Independent Hotel Show is ‘The Hotel Room of the Future’, created in partnership with Two’s Company Interior Design. A sequel to 2017’s ‘Perfect Hotel Bedroom’ installation, ‘The Hotel Room of the Future’ will incorporate technology and products forecast to become a reality in the next decade. A dedicated report containing research and opinions from roundtables carried out earlier this year will delve deep into the journey of ‘The Hotel Room of the Future’.

Engage with exhibitors

Elevate your style with a modish architectural adventure from Square Design Interiors or take inspiration from Scumble Goosie’s extraordinary Gustavian-styled furnishings. Turn your hand at dressing the bedroom with the craftsmen at the Headboard Workshop or find everlasting comfort in the finest German bedding courtesy of Mühldorfer. Power up the guest experience with NewBook’s all-encompassing management systems to engage, evolve and exceed with operations, or embrace the latest innovations with VIVID Systems, now integrated with Amazon Alexa, enabling guests to take full control of the hotel environment with their own dulcet tones.

Have a chat with Square Design Interiors, who provide complete design solutions for clients all over Europe or get smart with Avanti and see how connected and intelligent lighting can improve alertness. Get hooked on wallpaper design during a conversation with Nina from Woodchip & Magnolia or be enchanted by the eclectic designs of Abigail Ahern. Be inspired by Hotelhero’s integrated platforms for next generation hotel software or be privy to what’s new at Panasonic.

Let’s talk

At the forefront of sharp insights, trends and practical solutions, the show also boasts a programme of thought-provoking seminars with industry stalwarts and entrepreneurs promising to reveal, inspire, impress and excite.

The Business Theatre, in partnership with Sky, designed with on-trend tactile velvets and metallic accents by sofa.com, is the forum for talks including what today’s guests really want or how to create powerful partnerships with on-brand businesses to curate authentic experiences.

Against the kaleidoscopic backdrop of the Innovation Stage, designed by Elli Popp and in partnership with eviivo, listen to a panel discussion on designing the 21st Century and embrace priceless insight from the master of customer service Diego Masciaga.

The plethora of new and established features to enjoy include The Dyson Meeting Space, designed by Galapagos. Offering a unique and new-for-this-year dimension, the sublime space will host facilitated speed networking sessions to embolden shy hoteliers.

Sneak into The Suite, designed by Valdivian, an exclusive haven of calm for VIP hoteliers, speakers, show partners and their guests. Meanwhile, The Lobby, designed by Cappellini, is the central networking space at the heart of the show, conducive to making new contacts and exchanging ideas with like-minded, forward-thinking professionals.

IHTech Quest

Satiating the industry’s appetite for the best technology, the IHTech Quest, powered by innovative hotel management software providers Newbook, shines a spotlight on the latest market-leading technology and solutions to offer the ultimate guest experience. Get crystal clear insight and guidance on the latest up-and-coming technology available from partners such as Hotelhero, Avvio, Vivid, Criton Apps, Core Optimisation, eviivo, Hoteltime UK and Panasonic.

Tonight, find out who are 2018’s Independent Hotelier and Outstanding New Hotel at the show’s awards.

Then hop across the road to Hilton Olympia for the unveiling of the Boutique Hotelier Personal Service Star Awards.

To register to attend the Independent Hotel Show 2018 and view the show’s full seminar programme, visit www.independenthotelshow.co.uk.

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