Following its successful launch last year, expectations for the second edition of the Independent Hotel Show this October were certainly high, and – with almost double the amount of exhibitors, an additional seminar theatre, and an array of new design projects – the show certainly didn’t disappoint.
Offering its 4500 visitors the opportunity to explore a handpicked selection of the UK’s finest suppliers, service providers and experts to the hotel industry, the Independent Hotel Show is fast becoming a valuable tool for professionals seeking those unique, all-important details that tranform the guest experience.
From management and brand awareness to technology, exterior and interior design, there were many notable brands – both well-established and fledgling – amongst the show’s 300 exhibitors.
Amongst those launching new products at the show was Cubbins, a designer and producer of bespoke luxury accessories. Recognised for its handmade, high-end waste paper baskets, Cubbins re-launched itself at the show with a fresh identity and a new range of bespoke products aimed at the hospitality and interior sectors.
For luxury bed company, Hypnos, the show provided an ideal platform to showcase its new designer sofa bed collection. The company’s marketing director, Chris Ward, commented: “It was great to meet many hoteliers and hear what they thought about our latest offerings. We were particularly thrilled to see that our sofa beds, which boast unique styling and detailing, generated a lot of interest.”
Elsewhere, Waterfront Designer Bathrooms exhibited designer Mark Humphrey’s striking hand-carved Cleopatra teak and brass bath, amongst other luxury bathroom sculptures, including the newly-launched Droplets in bronze.
Other key bathroom brands included C.P. Hart Bathrooms, which presented its Accessible Design package and specialist spa collection at the show, and first-time exhibitor Fiora which featured its new Privilege shower tray – unveiled for the first time in the UK with unique stainless steel gratings tailored specifically for the independent hotel market.
Aside from this broad spread of exhibitors, other key features included The Hub, designed by award-winning design consultancy, AfroditiKrassa, and on cloud nine, a VIP area by Conran & Partners, which allowed hoteliers to meet, network and share ideas.
The show also hosted an awards ceremony, presenting The Pig Hotel in New Forest, Hampshire, with its Oustanding New Hotel of the Year award, and Sir Terence Conran, Lady Conran and Peter Prescott of the Boundary Hotel, London, with the Independent Hotelier of the Year 2013.
The Business Session programme proved encouragingly popular, its wide range of presentations, panel discussions and Q&As with leading hoteliers and industry insiders drawing in over 2500 visitors.
Nick Jones, chief executive of Soho House Group, joined Pride of Britain CEO, Peter Hancock, and Gordon Campbell Gray of Campbell Gray Hotels to discuss the definitive hoteliers of our time, while renowned entrepreneur Luke Johnson – chairman of Risk Capital Partners – shared candid advice on how to achieve transformation growth through acquisitions, roll-out programmes and bold, organic growth strategies.