PREVIEW: Independent Hotel Show 2014


The Independent Hotel Show returns to Olympia in October (21 & 22) with the promise of even more insight, advice and inspiration for the UK’s burgeoning luxury and boutique hotel sector. Now in its third year the show has become the must-attend event for anyone connected to the hotel and hospitality sector, featuring a one-stop business platform of over 250 handpicked premium products and services, business seminars and advice clinics.

Discover the best
Featuring a range of handpicked, premium essentials to equip your hotel, exhibitors at the Independent Hotel Show represent the cream of the industry, helping your boutique or luxury hotel stand out from the crowd. With categories including interior design, technology & software, audio & entertainment and health & wellness the show is home to a wealth of products and services to help boost the profile and profitability of your business.

Leaders in the field
Gain insight and inspiration from the hotel industry heavyweights across a range of subjects as the Independent Hotel Show 2014 tackles and presents the hottest topics of the sector. Design, technology, marketing and business experts are scheduled to present a range of free to attend business seminars and panel discussions to help streamline the running of a profitable hospitality business and boost revenues.

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Sessions run throughout the two-day show across two theatres – the Business Theatre, sponsored by Towergate Insurance, and the Innovation Stage, sponsored by MICROS. Highlights include a Q&A session with leading general managers, Philip Newman-Hall from Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and South Place Hotel’s Bruce Robertson; along with an in-depth discussion about the importance of brand and personality, led by James Lohan from Mr & Mrs Smith.

Robert Nadler from Nadler Hotels and Julian Troup from Colliers International Hotels will also be looking at the ‘big picture’, reviewing the current state of the UK hotel market and offering insights into the opportunities and risks for hoteliers of all shapes and sizes.

One of the main highlights will be An Audience with Robin Hutson, the co-founder of boutique chain, Hotel du Vin, who takes to the stage in an exclusive chat with Peter Hancock or Pride of Britain Hotels to reveal his secrets behind the hugely successful brand.

The Hub, at the heart of hospitality
Let the freshest creative talent in the hospitality industry inspire you to meet, talk and share ideas with your peers as The Independent Hotel Show showcases the rising design stars of the sector. Boutique Hotelier is the only official sponsor of The Hub this year, and will be visiting throughout the event to meet new faces and reacquaint with familiar ones.

An innovative and inspirational central networking point, The Hub 2014 was designed by Nina&Co in collaboration with Anya Fennet. Their concept is built on the very idea of finding inspiration within the Independent Hotel Show and having that light bulb moment. The design was selected by a panel of leading judges, including architect, Mike Stiff, product designer, Afroditi Krassa and design journalist, Guy Dittrich, as a creative focal point to help draw businesses together at the show.

Hansgrohe VIP Lounge
For a more intimate meeting, relax and network over a drink or two with key industry players in the Hansgrohe VIP Lounge, a haven of calm at the heart of the show.

Supportive business advice from Buell
The Buell Business Support Clinic offers a one stop shop for advice on all aspects of business specific to the independent, luxury and boutique hotel industry.

Sessions are available on a one-to-one basis, with specific advice offered for owners, operators, developers and investors into the sectors.

From customer service, interior design, food and beverage, revenue management, marketing and technology, a Buell representative will be at hand to offer first hand advice and solutions for your business.

The inspirers and the inspirational
The Independent Hotel Show continues to recognise and reward those individuals who have played a major role within the hotel industry, from shaping the sector to demonstrating innovation and growth.

Two prestigious awards return for a third year – Independent Hotelier of the Year 2014 and Outstanding New Hotel of the Year 2014. The winners will be announced on the first evening of the show, October 21st, after which Boutique Hotelier will go on to reveal the winners of our very own Personal Service Awards, at an exclusive London venue.

Shortlisted nominees for each award at the Independent Hotel Show accolades include:

The Independent Hotelier of the Year 2014: Craig Bancroft and Nigel Haworth – Northcote Manor; Kit and Tim Kemp – Firmdale Hotels; Mark Sainsbury, Michael Benyan and Jason Catifeoglou – The Zetter and Zetter Townhouse; Ian Schrager – Ian Schrager Company; David Levin – The Capital Hotel and Tim Hart – Hambleton Hall and Harts

The Outstanding New Hotel of the Year 2014: Chiltern Firehouse, London; The Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland, County Durham; Ham Yard Hotel, London; No 131, Cheltenham; The Pig on the Beach, Studland, Dorset and The Wild Rabbit, Oxfordshire

Zoe Monk

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