The Independent Hotel Show 2016

Wednesday, 14 September, 2016
The Independent Hotel Show, presented by James Hallam Hospitality & Leisure, returns to Olympia this October (18 & 19).

Guests will enjoy a packed two days of networking, new business ideas, advice and insight from some of the UK's leading figures within the luxury, boutique and independent hotel sector, alongside an unrivalled collection of top quality suppliers covering everything from marketing and finance to booking systems and bathrooms. This year brings with it more exhibitors, more seminars and more feature areas, including Designersblock and an enhanced Destination Spa area.

Exceptional Exhibitors
Discover the finest products and service providers as the Independent Hotel Show presents a carefully selected line-up of over 300 premium exhibitors from across the hotel industry, the biggest and most diverse collection of suppliers ever at the show. A one-stop-shop of all the essentials needed to run and grow a successful, profitable hotel, the Independent Hotel Show is the must-attend event for anyone working within the boutique and luxury hotel sector looking for inspiration and reassurance.

With a confirmed line-up of stellar exhibitors for 2016 including one of the UK’s best loved home brands Andrew Martin, lighting design experts Dyke & Dean, award-winning design and build specialists for the hospitality industry Concorde BGW and creators of innovative indoor and outdoor furniture using natural materials Vincent Sheppard, there is something to cover every need.

Visit for a full list of exhibitors.


Inspiring Independents
Hear more from industry thought leaders as they share their knowledge, insight and expertise across a range of hard-hitting seminars and business discussions that tackle some of the industry’s hottest topics. Offering first hand design, technology, marketing and business support and advice, the free-to-attend seminars and panel discussions provide valuable insight from some of the leading names in the hotel business to help new and established hoteliers improve their performance.

Seminar themes include a session led by CEO of Douglas Wallace Consultants Hugh Wallace examining what the future looks like for hotel design, offering hoteliers top tips on how to achieve the perfect balance between classic design and modern touches and how they can achieve a bespoke visual identity.

Taking place on the Wellness & Lifestyle Stage amongst a line-up of over 20 business, innovation and wellness sessions over the two-day show is an in-depth discussion on the future guest which will unpack and distil the evolving needs and priorities of tomorrow’s consumer and contextualize it against unfolding social, cultural, technological and environmental shifts within the hospitality industry.

Sessions run throughout the two-day show across three theatres – the Innovation Stage in partnership with eviivo, the Business Theatre in partnership with Nespresso and the Wellness & Lifestyle Stage.
For the full programme visit

The Hospitality Interiors Hub designed by Paper + White, a networking space designed to perfection
With a thought-provoking design concept by Paper + White, the Hospitality Interiors Hub, will offer attendees a stylish retreat to meet, network and conduct business surrounded by inspirational design while enjoying a glass of fizz from The Nyetimber Bar.

Independent Thoughts
The Independent Hotel Show consistently endeavours to spark debate within the hotel and hospitality industry, offering insight, diverse opinion and advice from key figures within the sector. In the run up to the show a series of features and thought leadership pieces will be published to inspire and inform on
The ‘Independent Thought' series presents a collection of leading operators’ experiences and essential tips on how to develop and improve your business, whether you’re an independent, luxury or boutique hotel.

Destination Spa
Following the fantastic success of last year’s wellness and lifestyle feature area, Destination Spa is returning bigger and better for 2016. The feature area will include leading exhibitors to the hotel spa sector and a dedicated wellness and lifestyle seminar stage delivering an educational programme to provide inspiration for hoteliers looking to expand their wellness offering.

Featuring some of the most respected exhibitors in the sector, Destination Spa is a must-see area for anyone interested in developing or creating a spa or wellness offering.

Destination Spa will also feature a targeted programme of business sessions dedicated to helping independent hoteliers tap into the profit-driving potential of creating their own spas including a spa business masterclass offering hoteliers top tips on making their spa operations sleeker, smoother and thriving at maximum efficiency led by Good Spa Guide’s Anna Hubbard; a session on how best to go about setting up a spa and wellness facility for those looking to branch out presented by an expert panel including spa director of Ramside Hotel & Spa Jill Russell and a revenue themed seminar focusing on how to ensure spa and wellness offerings are profitable and successful presented by top industry experts including Simon Kerr, Chief Marketing Officer at Yoo Hotels.


Adding another design dimension to the show will be a feature area curated by Designersblock, international design exhibition specialists. The exhibit, appearing for the second time at the Independent Hotel Show, will showcase the very latest in style and design innovation for hotel owners and operators looking for something truly out of the ordinary.

Hoteliers Hall of Fame
The Independent Hotel Show will again reward and acknowledge the country’s most influential and respected independent hoteliers with the annual Independent Hotelier and Outstanding New Hotel awards in association with Sky.

The awards are the only ones of their kind in the UK and recognise the individuals who have shaped the sector and contribute to its innovation and growth.

Previous winners include Olga Polizzi, voted Independent Hotelier 2015 and Hotel Gotham, winner of the Outstanding New Hotel award 2015.

Nominees for this year’s awards can be found at

Winners will be announced at the Independent Hotel Show Awards Ceremony on 18th October 2016.

Visitor information
Event dates:
Tuesday 18th October: 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 19th October: 10:00 - 17:00
Olympia West, Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX

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