Five industry trends that look set to shake up the sector as identified by some of the top exhibitors to this year’s Independent Hotel Show, held in October in London.
Boutique and independent hoteliers looking to find out about the latest industry trends should register to attend this year’s Independent Hotel Show.
As well as showcasing the latest products and services through its 300 carefully-curated exhibitors and providing ample networking opportunities, the innovative event at London Olympia on 16 and 17 October, provides a hotbed of new ideas with the very latest trends covered across the Show.
Here the Show’s organisers identify five key industry trends that visitors to #IHS18 will be able to tap into for this year and beyond.
- Art Deco design
Olivia Davidson at sofa.com says Art Deco is still a trend this year as well as the enduring love for velvet. Usually a headache for hoteliers, the production of velvet has evolved, and today’s smart velvets are design-friendly and functional.
2. The mobile worker
Mobile working has become part of many people’s everyday lives as the line between work and play becomes ever more blurred. This has a huge influence on hotel design as more people – hotel guests as well as freelancers, those who work from home or people who are in between meetings – migrate to welcoming hotel lobbies and spaces which are conducive to work, socialising or a bit of both. Daniel Corney of compactworkspace is tapping into this trend with his wide range of functional, work-friendly and design-led furniture for boutique hotels.
3. Still talking tech
Technology is always a hot topic. Nick Sunderland at Two’s Company Interior Design, who will be creating an installation at the Independent Hotel Show – The Hotel Room of the Future, believes design as well as operations will be led by technology for the guest experience, back of house and of course hotel management. Driven by bespoke iPads, guests will be able to tailor a room to their individual preferences via a tablet, from control of lighting, audio, video and in room services. Housekeeping will be constantly updated through technology on the status of in-room amenities.
4. Keeping it personal
The role of GMs is set to evolve as employment regulations become more flexible. As technology advances, this will free up time for increased direct contact with guests and an even more personalised approach to service offering local gems of knowledge. The GM of tomorrow will have the capacity to improve the culture of the hotel.
5. Provenance is king
Provenance and fresh produce is still key to enhancing a guest’s experience. Head chef at The Torridon, Ross Stovold, a down to earth chef who doesn’t manipulate ingredients out of respect for them picks radishes at 5pm from the hotel’s kitchen garden and serves them at 8pm. The taste is pure and fresh. A guest feels much more connected with the hotel and surrounding destination when they dine on local produce. It generates conversation and creates memories.