Special Events

The Power Breakfast 2017

2017’s invitation-only ‘Power Breakfast’ features ‘The Man Who Pays His Own Way’, celebrated Independent newspaper senior travel editor Simon Calder. 

Also known as the ‘Global Guru’ from his monthly BBC Travel Show slot, Simon is widely considered the most credible and honest writer working in hospitality and tourism. Simon will be talking to Adam Raphael, former Newsnight presenter and home affairs editor of The Economist, and now Editor of The Good Hotel Guide. The two will back-and-forth in a highly illuminating discourse about our industry’s most pressing matters, including Airbnb, peer reviews, OTAs, influencer marketing and Britain’s proposed exit from the European Union.

Speakers:  Simon Calder interviewed by Adam Raphael

Date: 18 October
Time: 08:30 - 09:30
Location: Business Theatre

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Power Breakfast speakers

Independent Hotel Show Wine Expert of the Year

Do you know your Aussie Shiraz from your French Syrah? Could you tell a White Burgundy from a big, bold Chardonnay? James Hallam invite you to put your nose and palette to the test in an Old World vs New World Challenge with Boutinot Wines.

Date: 18 October
Time: 12:00 - 12:45
Location: The Suite

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The Boutinot Tasting Note Test

Does your wine list read like an encyclopedia of aromas? What does ‘a touch of wet wool and stone fruit with a mineral edge’ taste like? Now’s your chance to match the words to the wine. 6 tasting notes, 6 wines and a magnum for the winner. Join Boutinot Wines for this informal, interactive tasting.

Presenter: Jessica Bryans – Account Manager, Boutinot Wines

Date: 18 October
Time: 13:30 -14:15
Location: The Suite

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Terrorism – The effects on the Hotel Industry and how best to deal with it?

The key theme is to provide hoteliers with insight into the current situation and give them some easy take-away points they can use that will make a difference;

  • The current threat level and what it really means for business
  • Key things hoteliers can do to manage their business risk
  • Key things hoteliers can do to keep their staff and guests safe


Presenter: Mark Biggs who is a Counter Terrorism Security Advisor with the Metropolitan Police.

Date: 17 October
Time: 11:00 – 11:45
Location: The Suite

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Discover the Southern Rhone Valley with Boutinot Wines

The fabulous Domaine Boutinot is based in the tiny village of Cairanne in the Southern Rhone valley. It has fast gained a renowned reputation for producing some of the best and most exciting wines from the region. Join Boutinot’s Master Sommelier, Nigel Wilkinson, for an informative tasting as he guides us through some of the wines produced from this excellent estate.

Date: 17  October
Time: 12:15 - 13:00
Location: The Suite

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Visit England Welcome Awards

VisitEngland will be awarding its prestigious 2017 ROSE awards in ‘Recognition of Service Excellence’ to a limited number of VisitEngland quality assessed accommodation operators who have demonstrated their commitment to providing excellent customer service.

Date: 17  October
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Location: The Suite

INVITATION ONLY

visit england

Title partner

james hallam

Commercial partners

  • Chic Retreats
  • sky
  • nespresso
  • drom
  • La Via Del Te
  • Boutinot
  • Henners

Design Partners

  • Benedict Wilhelm
  • Galapagos
  • Harriet Forde
  • Lombok
  • Grace & Thorn
  • Valdivian
  • Vaughan
  • Shape London
  • Technogym

Additional Partners

  • Aqua
  • CELIA
  • Lynn Mackie
  • Whitakers
  • Olivers Bakery
  • Plant Plan
  • Chapel Street
  • Bridgman
  • Leaflike