Meet the speakers at Hotel Summit 2024

Next month, Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales, will set the stage for one of the industry’s calendar highlights – Hotel Summit. A renowned meet-the-buyer opportunity, hosted by Forum Events, the 2024 installation looks set to be the best yet in the event’s 20+ year history.  

With just a month to go, Hotel Summit will take place this year from 9 – 10 May 2024 in the idyllic valleys of south Wales. Celtic Manor Resort, a luxury five-star hotel, will play host to some of the best-known names in hospitality with a number of networking opportunities in the shape of pre-arranged one-to-one meetings and dinner.

The summit also offers a carefully curated talks programme, as supported by Hotel Designs, with a number of seminars and panel discussions taking place over the course of the two-day event. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear experts from the hotel industry speak about topics ranging from technology, design, and becoming B-Corp certified.



Take a look at the lineup:


Thursday 9th May 2024


10:20 – 11:00 Seminar

Catch this: we do not tell stories!

Presented by: Ran Yanuv and Morris Algazi, Co-founders, Ran & Morris Creative Partnership

Ran and Morris tell us how ‘storytellers’ are universal and timeless, but that sometimes storytelling is detached from reality. “As designers we’re like archaeologists, revealing stories. We’re ‘story catchers’, creating unique designs.” Challenging ideas of conventional storytelling, Ran Yanuv and Morris Algazi reveal and unleash reveal what it takes to tell a more authentic story.


11:05 – 11:45 Seminar

Let your guests choose how they interact with technology

Presented by: Jane Pendlebury, CEO – HOSPA

Jane Pendlebury explains why IT is so crucial to the success of a busy hotel, and in addition will address why giving the guest choice on how to interact with technology shouldn’t be overlooked.

During the session, she will explore the complexities of the guest journey, why guest-facing isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and how as a business you should give your guests the freedom to choose how they interact with the tech installed in your hotel.


16:45 – 17:30 Panel

Redefining the Luxury Offering

Hosted by: Sophie Harper, Editor, Hotel Designs. With panellists: Holly Halam, Managing Director, DesignLSM; Mahalia Haque, Associate, LOM Architecture & Design; Arun Rana, Design Director, Accor.

Hosted by yours truly, we’ll take an insightful delve into the way in which design has changed and is evolving to push former ideals of what a luxury hotel offering should be.

As part of our exploration on what luxury means in the 21st century, we’ll discuss the demographic shaping the future of travel and share our ideas on why one size doesn’t necessarily fit all, we’ll look at what consumer demand for more ethical travel means for the hotel market, and take a glimpse at what’s in store for the future of luxury hotel design.




Friday 10th May 2024


9:00 – 9:40 Seminar

The Journey to B-Corp Status

Presented by: Stuart Godwin, Managing Director – Lamington Group

During this seminar, Lamington Group will share their insights on the journey to becoming B-Corp, what it means to them, and how it will impact the business moving forward.

Stuart Godwin will explain how Lamington Group put together a successful roadmap as part of their journey to B-Corp accreditation, tell us about the company’s future ambitions, and offer inspiration to other hoteliers.


Sound good? Why not join us?

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to meet top hotel professionals, contact Ashley Harper at– or click here to request more information.

If you are a hotelier and would like to attend the summit for free, please contact Alex Winders at – or click here to book your place.


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