Independent Hotel Show launches its seminar program • Hotel Designs

Inspiring independent hoteliers and hospitality industry experts will take the stage at the Independent Hotel Show, October 4-5 at London’s Olympia, for two action-packed days of learning and discovery. In addition to sessions on the Innovation Stage, in partnership with eviivo, and the Hotel Vision Stage, in partnership with HotelPartner, show guests will also have the opportunity to meet independent industry experts at the Business Solutions Bar, presented by HOSPA & HMA, and get confidential advice on technology, marketing and more tailored to their specific business needs.

The show will begin with a session exploring an important area of ​​the event: the inclusive hotel room. Designed by Cocoon & Bauer, this immersive hotel room will show how thoughtful, intelligent design can prevent sensory overwhelm and create truly welcoming, inclusive and sustainable spaces. The session will see Hamish Kilburn, editor of Hotel Designs, interview Peter Turner of Cocoon & Bauer about this year’s design, as well as Nicholas Sunderland of NSI Design, designer of Hotel Room of the Future in 2018, will reflect on the evolution of the key themes and ideas of the bedroom over four years. on.

Highlights of both stages include:

How can we come together as a community to fill the void in hospitality staff? Andy Boer from The Edge Hotel School is joined by Sandra Kelly from UKHospitality, Veryan Palmer from The Headland Cornwall and Greg Fruchenicht from non-profit Saira Hospitality as they look to the next generation of hospitality professionals and how we can keep them excited and engaged for years to come.

Elevation of the hotel restaurant. James Stagg, editor of The Caterer, takes the stage to moderate this panel of starred chefs, including Ricki Weston from Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa, Andy Britton from Howards House Hotel and Rob Jones from Upham Pub Group, as they discuss from the challenge of creating delicious dishes to supply chain issues, calorie counting menus and sustainability aspirations.

The hotel is not just a place of rest: the future is multifaceted. Peter Hancock, Independent Hospitality Show Ambassador, talks about alternative profit avenues, creative additional offerings and the evolution of the hotel business model with Paul Bayliss of the Brooklyn Hotel, Tara Robinson of the Eden Hotel Collection and Chris Penn of the Birch Community.

Connect or disconnect: how to design the hotel spaces of tomorrow? Alys Bryan from Design Insider moderates this session on predicting traveler needs in the years to come and the importance of technology in the hotel of the future, alongside Holly Hallam from Design LSM and Nicholas Hickson from THDP.

“I am delighted to be part of a live panel at the show this year,” commented Tara Robinson, Eden Hotel Collection. “It’s always an event not to be missed: full of innovations, ideas and inspiring speakers. Additionally, the show is totally unique as it is specifically focused on the boutique hotel market.

This year, the event will also see the return of the Social Business Space, sponsored by Planet and designed by Taner’s Sons, where keynote sessions will continue in the form of informal panel discussions for hoteliers wishing to delve deeper into questions and hear from peers in industry.

To view the full seminar program for this year’s event or to register for your free redemption ticket, go to

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