Now in its third year, the Independent Hotel Show is firmly established as the must-attend event for anyone involved with the hotel and hospitality industry. A one-stop-shop of premium products and services, the event prides itself on offering a stellar line up of industry experts to tackle, discuss and digest key issues within the sector, predict trends and advise on best practice.
Key highlights of this year’s show included a popular and packed seminar schedule offering expert opinion and tangible solutions to help independent hoteliers drive their business forward and boost profits. Kicking off proceedings in the Business Theatre, sponsored by Towergate Insurance, Naureen Ahmed, head of global marketing, brand and communications at STR Global, presented an overview of the booming UK independent hotel sector. Joined by financial expert Julian Troup, director and head of UK hotels at Colliers, Pam Foden, head of industry development at Visit England and top hoteliers Robert Nadler, CEO, Nadler Hotels and Christine Hodder, general manager of The Stafford London, the heavyweight panel discussed ‘The big picture of the UK Hotel Industry’ and its fruitful prospects for the future.
Together with the Innovation Stage, sponsored by MICROS, the targeted seminars and business sessions across the two days proved an incredible draw for visitors, often with standing-space-only crowds.