The reviews are in for Independent Hotel Show 2022!
The Independent Hotel Show returned to Olympia London on 4-5 October 2022 to reunite the independent hotelier community and feedback from both supplier and visitors to the event has been overwhelmingly positive, with hoteliers enjoying productive business conversation, insightful discussions and unique networking opportunities.
Leading independent hoteliers praised the show, which was the second edition post-pandemic and the first without any Covid restriction on entry.
Sue Williams, General Manager, Whatley Manor, said: "This year's Independent Hotel Show was truly vibrant and not only showcased the best suppliers that are supporting hospitality at the moment but the Innovation Stage and Vision Stage presentations were really informative and helped bring me up to date on current thoughts and trends. A great day, thank you."
To watch any of the session from Independent Hotel Show 2022, head to the show's YouTube channel.
Wayne Davis, Hotel General Manager, Astor Court Hotel, added: "I have been fortunate to attend the Independent Hotel Show for a number of years to meet friends and industry colleagues both old and new, attend a number of seminars and the prestigious awards ceremony. Year after year there are new inventive ideas and business supplier presentations at the wide array of stands. I never come away without bringing new technology, creative guest supplies and amenities to my independent hotel for our valued guests to enjoy as part of their Astor Court Hotel experience."
Design partner Cocoon & Bauer saw a huge amount of interest in the stunning Conscious Hotel Room, which examined how to create welcoming and inclusive spaces catering to neurodiversity in guests and incorporating sustainable principles into every element of design and supplier sourcing.
Vanja Sutich-Ursell, Owner, Franklin Mount Guesthouse, said: "This was my first time attending The Independent Hotel Show in London and I was very impressed with the wide variety of products, tools and quality support from industry professionals offered over the two days. As a new owner of a boutique B&B, I personally found the event a great opportunity to meet other small business owners and was able to source many new products for our business. I attended four seminars and found the quality of information shared superb - will be leveraging the learnings and apply to my own marketing strategy - especially the ‘Stand Out To Sell Out’ seminar. Thank you for the invitation- I look forward to attending next year!"
The event hosted a wide range of quality suppliers, showcasing products specifically catering to the independent hotel market, from UK-based furniture, bedding and amenities suppliers to hospitality technology designed to streamline internal processes and elevate the customer experience.
Exhibitor Demi Pendakis, Owner & Founder of luxury, natural candle brand F.Y.G, said of the event: "This was my first time exhibiting and what a wonderful surprise. I got in front of key decisionmakers in the hotel sector in my first show, something I have been trying to do for the last year. Brilliant. Obviously rebooked."
Veryan Palmer, Hotel Director, The Headland Cornwall, commented: "I found that Independent Hotel Show 2022 offered a great opportunity to reconnect with fellow independent hoteliers, as well as listen to a wide range of experts talking about the challenges that lie ahead of us all. I met a number of potential new suppliers for The Headland in the trade stands as well. It was a great show, and I look forward to attending next year!"
Garry Baldwin, Managing Director, New Forest Collection, concluded: "What a show! So great to see it back and so well supported and attended, faces old and new, with some great new products and services to explore. Enjoyed some thoroughly interesting and entertaining panels, importantly a great reflection on where the industry is at this time and how we can get fully back to being the greatest!