Hotel Summit 2015; a trade show with a difference

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    Hilton London Wembley, in the shadow of one of the world’s most iconic stadiums, was the backdrop for this year’s Hotel Summit, where more than 50 delegates and 25 suppliers gathered for an afternoon of networking and showcasing the latest products in the hotel industry. Daniel Fountain was on hand to review proceedings.

    The Hotel Summit has quickly become one of the more popular events on the conference circuit, and with its networking opportunities, tailor-made itineraries for each delegate and specifically designed meetings for suppliers — it’s easy to see why.

    As well as identifying new suppliers that can offer interior design products and facilities management services, in industries as wide ranging as upholstery, lighting, and security systems the delegates enjoyed two seminars – which bookended the networking sessions – from the Society of British and International Design (SBID) President Vanessa Brady and Qbic Hotels MD Julie Fawcett.

    Vanessa Brady led the delegates through how to gain more business while investing and strengthening existing contacts with the opening presentation. This was followed at the end of the day by a talk by Julie Fawcett, who explained why OTAs shouldn’t be considered the enemy of hoteliers. Meanwhile, the main chunk of the day – the networking opportunities — enabled suppliers and buyers to get down to the business of exchanging project and product details, forging new connections and sealing deals.

    The hotel industry is one of the most competitive in the world. And with so many events within the industry, it can be difficult to decide which ones to attend. The huge exhibitions are always popular, but the endless walking, not knowing who to speak to and no confirmed sell can feel like a waste of time. Unique events like the Hotel Summit are making trade shows a thing of the past.

    For information on the next summit, contact Jade Oliver for information and availability on or 01992 374054.

    Daniel Fountain / 24.09.2015

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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