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  • Hotel Designs celebrates record-breaking success at this year’s Hotel Summit 2018

    Delegates and suppliers at Hotel Summit 2018
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    This year’s 20th anniversary of Hotel Summit becomes the most successful event to date in Hotel Designs history…

    More than 60 hotel general managers and more than 30 supplier partners attended the 20th anniversary of Hotel Summit, making it the most successful event to date.

    Hoteliers and suppliers gathered at the Radisson Blu Stansted on Monday June 4 for the two-day networking opportunity.

    Giving this year’s opening address on UK travel trends in London and the South West, Trivago were among the event’s partners that was impressed with the high quality of Hotel Summit 2018. Regional industry manager Aly Thompson said of the event: “It’s always great to have the opportunity to meet with hoteliers face-to-face, and the Hotel Summit provides a particularly productive environment for exchanging, which gives the opportunity to really understand the needs of hoteliers and the pressures they face.”

    Throughout the two days, delegates and suppliers were given set times to meet face-to-face and discuss new products, projects and up-coming opportunities. Seminars throughout the two days came from the likes of procurement manager at Westfield Retail Solutions, Tony Morris, Chairman for the Energy Institute, Phil Warren, CEO of Direct Hotel Marketing, Adam Hamadache and John Heffernan from Red Live Media.

    “No industry understands the saying ‘time is a luxury’ more than the hotel design industry,” said editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn. “Hotel Summit prides itself of being the leading networking event for both hoteliers and suppliers alike as it guarantees strong leads for both parties.”

    Monday evening was filled with a gala dinner which was followed by a further, less formal, networking opportunity at the Hotel Summit’s casino-styled post-dinner drinks at The Angels Wine Tower Bar.

    Delegates testimonials

    Ufford Park Limited
    “An interesting event with a variety of market professionals offering advice, ideas & innovations to move the hotel industry forward.”

    Cranleigh Boutique
    “Brilliantly organised, the right people attending and the right mix of business and pleasure.”

    01 Hotels & Hostels
    “It was a good networking experience. Enjoyed the seminars a lot – good knowledge. Great Hosts! Very polite and helpful. I liked the supplier stands, all professionally done. Overall a good experience for a first show.”

    The Beaumont Hotel
    “Events such as this are good for me, you build relationships, establish new networks and broaden your horizon in your field and furthermore. Thank you to the team for putting it together so well. It was fantastic and I learned a lot and met a few good people. Looking forward to the next one.”

    Hudsons Guest House
    “This was a well organised event in that it gave us exposure to issues that are at the core of our business; we also had face to face meeting with suppliers of our choice which were very insightful. It was also packed full of fun and indulgence.”

    Supplier testimonials

    Drinks partner: Trivago
    “It’s always great to have the opportunity to meet with hoteliers face-to-face, and the Hotel Summit provides a particularly productive environment for exchanging

    Gold partner: Salto Systems
    “The event was very positive as ever the Forum Events team were fantastic. See you next year.”

    Gold partner: Pulsar

    “Our first time at these show and we have been very impressed. Well done guys!”

    Silver partner: Sue Whimster Curtains Ltd

    “Good venue, very well organised itinerary followed by incredibly informative meetings with potential clients. Overall, days structured in a very good way and a perfect opportunity to meet new industry suppliers as well as promote our brand.”

    Silver partner: Heritage Bathrooms

    “The event is very well organised and the forum events team are very helpful friendly and approachable.”

    Gold partner: Anchor Hospitality Logistics

    “The event is a great way to meet key decision makers in a friendly environment.”

    Silver partner: Cassellie

    “Great event, would recommend 100 per cent”

    Gold partner: Portable Floormaker

    “Overall a great event – the team were very helpful and friendly! Have left with some strong leads so would definitely attend again.”

    Silver partner: James Alexandra

    “Jennie and the team do an excellent job making all the suppliers & buyers feel welcome and at home. I think this is an excellent way to meet and talk with clients.”

    Partners of the event included:

    Headline partner –
    Simba Sleep Limited

    Gold partners –
    Salto SystemsChroma FlooringQCRWandsworth GroupCentrica Business SolutionsPortable FloormakerDysonB Light GroupVoguePulsarAnchor Hospitality LogisticsISS Facility Services, and Project Blinds.

    Silver partners –
    CrosswaterBirchall TeaDelabieJames AlexanderHeritage BathroomsTarkett FlooringADI TradingSue WhimsterCassellie LTDViridorSimon Jersey7 FormationDr CostWanzl and Airwave.

    Drinks reception partner –

    Next year’s Hotel Summit will take place on June 3 – 4, 2019, with the venue yet to be confirmed. If you are interested in exhibiting at the 2019 event, please contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or j.lane@forumevents.co.uk.

    Hamish Kilburn / 08.06.2018


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