The Independent Hotel Show returns

The Independent Hotel Show, presented by James Hallam Hospitality & Leisure, returns to Olympia, London, on Tuesday 17th October where it will unite the UK’s best independent hoteliers with more than 300 premium suppliers as well as offer valuable business advice and inspiration.

Creative thinking, dynamic approaches, the latest trends and industry issues will be shared and discussed on the Business Stage, the Innovation Stage and in The Sanctuary, where over 100 professionals from all pillars of the luxury, boutique hotel industry will speak in more than 30 seminars. The two-day event is the luxury and boutique hotel sector’s most comprehensive business event and is bursting with ideas on how to design, enhance and market independent luxury hotels.

Tailored to the needs of the independent and boutique hotelier, all the sessions cover a diverse mix of insight and advice to help build and grow a successful hotel business. From marketing support and recruitment, to Brexit and AI, as well as design and technology trends, the programme will cover the most relevant topics in the industry.

A key trend in the sector is mindfulness. In The Sanctuary, the new Gymnasium for the Mind by Shape supported by Technogym will incorporate mindfulness and wellbeing in a workshop area where guests will be encouraged to remove shoes and coats, sit on gym balls and exercise their brains in an unusual setting. Workshop topics will include design, artificial intelligence, cyber crime prevention and spas for men. Leather effects draw on an old-school boxing gym feel, mixed with brass details whilst Farrow and Ball’s Hague Blue casts a lux feel across the space.

The show’s ‘state of the industry’ address features vital intel on the health of the hospitality sector. Hotel expert George Titlow presents a data-driven visual presentation, with both an insightful review of 2017 and essential forecasts for the year ahead.

The show will also host an extensive array of seminars, workshops and keynote sessions on its dedicated stages, and will provide great networking opportunities with industry experts.

Below is a small selection of what to expect.

Thought leader forum
George Titlow hosts a panel featuring some of the event’s finest hospitality minds, as they interpret the over-arching trends from this show’s in-house expert’s landmark presentation. In these fast-paced times, do guests want to get away from it all, or do they crave experiences and stimulation? Find out here.

Power couples: owners and operators
Owners aren’t always operators too – many hotel success stories include a driven, savvy entrepreneur working alongside an experienced hospitality professional. Representatives from both roles talk candidly about how to help these complex, but promising, working relationships fulfil their dazzling potential.

The perfect hotel bedroom report
Earlier this year, The Independent Hotel Show canvassed thousands of industry influencers and prosumer guests on the subject of their ideal hotel room. Find out who finally wins the battle of soft versus hard mattresses and much, much more in this game-changing survey.

The tech brief
Find out all you need to know about this notoriously fast-paced part of your business. The session will concentrate on how to integrate new technology into your existing systems – rather than ripping out the wires and starting over – plus we’ll take a look at some of the more surprising developments, like the trend for retro gadgets and militant ‘no Wi-Fi’ zones.

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