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Managing Director of The Lanesborough confirmed as speaker for Hotel Summit

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Managing Director of The Lanesborough confirmed as speaker for Hotel Summit

Managing Director of The Lanesborough, Marco Novello, has confirmed that he will speak at Hotel Summit, which takes place at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire, on July 8 – 9… 

One year on from succeeding Geoffrey Gelardi as the managing director of The Lanesborough, Marco Novello has confirmed that he will be a speaker at Hotel Summit, which takes place at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire on July 8 – 9.

Novello, who was a finalist at The Brit List 2018, will address the audience at The Summit with a 15 minute presentation on himself and where he is at one year into his role. He will then join editor Hamish Kilburn on stage for a live Q&A, which will focus the conversation on Marco’s plans for the future, how trends dictate what a hotel should offer and the importance of wellness – even in the centre of London where space is limited. The pair will also discuss how The Lanesborough blends technology into its interiors, the importance of a strong relationship between hotelier and interior designer and the challenges that come with being one of London’s most prestigious hotels.

Kilburn, who reviewed the hotel when it first reopened in 2015, said: “We have never had a speakership programme like it for Hotel Summit, and it is such an honour to announce that Marco will join us at this year’s event in its new home at Heythrop Park. Marco is a one-of-the-kind managing directors who, with his incredible team, manages to keep one of London’s most prestigious hotels current and relevant to the luxury market by effortlessly and sensitively reacting to key travel and luxury trends. Marco’s modern vision was exactly what The Lanesborough needed when he was appointed last year, and I look forward to discussing his and the hotel’s journey ahead.”

How to register 

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to meet top hotel professionals, contact Jennie Lane at j.lane@forumevents.co.uk– or click here to book your place.

If you are a hotelier and would like to attend the Summit, please contact Liam Cloona on l.cloona@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

Great Hotels of The World confirmed to speak at Hotel Summit

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Great Hotels of The World confirmed to speak at Hotel Summit

Pedro Colaco, the CEO of Great Hotels of The World, will join editor Hamish Kilburn  for an engaging seminar at Hotel Summit on how hotels can increase revenue by channeling bleisure trends… 

Following an exclusive interview with Hotel Designs, Great Hotels of The World (GHOTW) has confirmed that it will speak at the up-coming Hotel Summit, which takes place on July 8 – 9 at Herythrop Park, Oxfordshire.

The CEO of the company, Pedro Colaco will join editor Hamish Kilburn for the live seminar and Q&A entitled: How to increase revenue by utilising on blesiure trends. “I’m delighted to be a part of this year’s Hotel Summit representing Great Hotels of the World, discussing the importance of bleisure travel in today’s market,” said Colaco. “We believe that the lines between leisure and work are blurring, and will dominate the travel industry for years to come. Hence, we handpick the upscale hotels that we represent in the GHOTW portfolio to cater to this growing demographic of corporate travellers who expect more from their hotel experience, and advise our members on how to make the most of their offerings and market them proactively to fit the bleisure trend.”

The topic was decided after a recent study by GHOTW concluded that 75 per cent of business travellers would extend their business trip for leisure purposes. The live session will explore how hoteliers can operate flexible working spaces that are suitable for both business and leisure travellers. The seminar will aim to identify ways in which hotel owners and managers can increase revenue.

“Pedro’s knowledge and first-hand experience in transforming hotels into becoming beleisure gems is something that really inspires me to ‘go big or go home’ on this topic,” said Kilburn. “I am thrilled that Pedro and I are putting this topic under the spotlight for this session, and I am looking forward to hearing the conversations and debates ripple out of the seminar room.”

The Hotel Summit is specifically organised for senior professionals who are directly responsible for purchasing and procurement within their organisation, and those who provide the latest and greatest products and services within the sector.

A highly focused event that brings together hotel professionals and key industry solution providers, the Summit consists of one-to-one business meetings, interactive seminars and valuable networking opportunities; in less than two days!

How to register 

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to meet top hotel professionals, contact Jennie Lane at j.lane@forumevents.co.uk– or click here to book your place.

If you are a hotelier and would like to attend the Summit, please contact Liam Cloona on l.cloona@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

Hotel Designs’ 30 Under 30: Winners announced

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Hotel Designs’ 30 Under 30: Winners announced

Hotel Designs’ unveiled the winners of its 30 Under 30 initiative at Meet Up London on March 28, 2019…

40 shortlisted 30 Under 30 finalists were among the more than 200 interior designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers who gathered at Minotti London on March 28 for Meet Up London. The event, which was Hotel Designs’ first networking event of the year, witnessed the unveiling of Hotel Designs’ 30 Under 30.

Speaking at the event, editor Hamish Kilburn said: “I have to say, as a young design editor, I support this initiative with every fibre in my body. Throughout this whole process I have been so impressed to see such interesting in-house schemes in leading design and architecture firms in order to give credit to the rising stars of our industry. But I have been as impressed with individuals going it alone and really proving themselves to be creative geniuses.”

Below are the final winners who have been listed in alphabetical order.

Adam Crabtree
Studio: Chelsom Lighting

Role: Technical Engineer

Adam Crabtree works closely with the sales and projects team to develop solutions for all bespoke lighting enquiries. As a fundamental part of the Technical team Adam is involved in development of the project all the way from design concept stage to final product installation.

Projects:

  • Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, London
  • Tottenham Hotspur Football Club
  • The Peninsula Hotel, London
  • Le Meridien, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
  • Great Scotland Yard
  • One Aldwych
  • Plan B
  • Puro Lodz
  • Six Senses, New York

Ali Bacon
Studio: The Gettys Group

Role: Senior Project Designer

Ali Bacon is a dynamic and talented designer who creates thoughtful, memorable places for The Gettys Group’s diverse hospitality clients. She brings more than a decade of experience designing for commercial clients, and her wide-ranging expertise in hospitality, retail, and multi-family residential applications can be found in projects throughout the country and beyond.

Projects:

  • The Blackstone, Autograph Collection, Chicago, IL
  • Hotel LeVeque, Autograph Collection, Columbus, OH
  • White House Napa Valley Inn, Napa Valley, CA
  • Hilton Portland Downtown, Portland, OR
  • Claridge House, Chicago, IL
  • World of Wine, Porto, Portugal
  • Hyatt Centric City Center, Sacramento, CA
  • Sheraton Ft. Worth, TX

Anya Gordon Clark
Dexter Moren Associates
Role: Interior Designer

The most important feature of Anya Gordon Clark’s personality as an interior designer is her desire to create non-banal spaces with a strong mark of her personality along with unstoppable wish to learn new and improve her existing skillset.

Projects:

  • Avon Gorge Hotel
  • Vintry & Mercier hotel

Catherine van der Heide
Studio: HASSELL
Role: Interior Designer

Catherine van der Heide puts a key focus on a project’s complexity to extract a meaningful and bespoke narrative. As an interior designer at HASSELL, Heide has collaborated on a diverse range of projects throughout the UK, South East Asia and Australia.

Charlotte Roe
Studio: WISH London
Role: Interior architect

Since joining WISH London last year, Charlotte Roe has become an invaluable team member who has contributed to the successful design of a variety of projects. Working primarily in the hospitality and commercial sectors, Roe has immersed herself in all aspects of interior design from concept to completion.

Charlotte’s passion for current trends and fine detail has shown through in a recently completed high end commercial project based in Windmill Street, Fitzrovia.

Projects:

  • The Nadler Hotel, Covent Garden

Daniela Anedda
Studio: M Studio London
Role: Interior Designer

Daniela Anedda gained a Bachelor degree in Architecture at the University of Cagliari, Italy, and then moved to London in 2016 to study Interior Design at KLC School of Design. During her course, she had the opportunity to work for the Lelievre showroom where she could deepen her knowledge about fabrics and schemes and have a first glance of the interior design world. With M Studio London she now works on high-end residential and commercial projects, following all stages of the design process.

Projects:

  • InterContinental, Porto

David Jelensky
Studio: M Studio London

Role: Interior Designer

David Jelensky moved to the UK in 2011 to enrich his abilities at University Campus Suffolk, studying Interior Architecture & Design. As an innovative designer, passionate about architecture and design, he is characterised by precision and exquisite attention to detail creating elegant technological designs representing purity, sophisticated use of materials, environmental responsibility. This has been captured through his successful design projects as he was rewarded by first class in Bachelor of Arts, Interior Architecture and Design. His skills has been enriched in London and Dubai working on high-end residential and hospitality projects.

Projects:

  • InterContinental, Porto

Gina Langridge
Studio: WATG
Role: Designer

Gina Langridge is an ambitious and passionate designer who utilises design as a tool to create exciting human experiences. She strives to design spaces that harmonise within the landscape setting, delivering the best possible design solution for both client and guest.

Langridge has experience working on a wide range of projects throughout the UK, Europe, Australasia, and the Middle East. She has a solid grounding in the design of tourism and hospitality facilities, and her involvement in hugely successful renovation projects has strengthened her construction experience.

WATG has a robust internal leadership programme, providing a voice and a platform for our young designers to flourish. As one of WATG’s brightest rising stars, Langridge has been selected to take part in the 2019 programme for her excellent communication skills, strong self-awareness and a passion for excellent design.

Langridge is a leader of tomorrow and has been successful in exceeding expectations at every turn.

“Gina is a talented and astute landscape architect. She has been involved in the design and delivery of some of our most memorable recent work, including refurbishments, which are extremely difficult to deliver,” said John Goldwyn, Vice President, Director of Planning & Landscape, WATG. “Gina demonstrates the perfect blend of skill in client focus and attention-to-detail that hospitality projects require.”

Gioia Corrada
Studio: M Studio London
Role: Interior Designer

Gioia Corrada gained her degree in Interior Design at IED in Milan and then a Master’s degree at Polytechnic of Milan. By the end of her studies, she had learnt how to manage projects, be a team player and to work to high standards with attention to detail. Gioia went on to work for a Design and Architecture studio in Milan which gave her the chance to work on a project for the Salone del Mobile in 2014. After moving to London, she joined M Studio in March 2018 to pursue a career in the world of Interior Design and get a first-hand insight into the world of high-end luxury design.

Harry Allnatt
Studio: Richmond International
Role: Interior Designer

Harry Allnatt, a product and furniture design graduate, joined Richmond in 2011 following a placement year in Milan as part of his degree, which resulted in steering his career direction towards interiors in the hotels and hospitality sector.

With a strong eye for detail, Harry enjoys challenging the norm to achieve sophisticated design solutions on many complex projects.

Allnatt has consistently shown creativity, responsibility and an unwavering level of commitment which has resulted in our recognition of his skills, rapidly progressing him to the position of Senior Designer.

Projects:

  • Langham Boston
  • Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
  • P&O Britannia
  • Four Seasons Hvar

Jen Lees
Studio: HBA London
Role: Interior Designer

Jen Lees found her passion for interiors whilst successfully completing her BA (Hons) in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design degree from Leeds Arts University. Throughout her studying, Jen created a number of her own personal collections, aimed at the interior design sector, gaining a wide understanding of the importance of innovation and originality within design.

After exhibiting her degree show at New Designers 2016, she began her internship placement year at HBA London, working on a variety of global luxury projects. Now a Designer, with a strong focus on FF&E specifications, she applies her eye to detail and knowledge in material culture to create dynamic and fresh aesthetics to suit every client’s vision, whilst still pushing the boundaries of design to form a unique space.

Projects:

  • Amadria Park Capital Zagreb, Croatia
  • InterContinental Munich

Jodie Hatton
Studio: Brintons
Role: Designer

Jodie Hatton was one of the designers at Brintons behind the award-winning collaboration with design studio Timorous Beasties. Unlike most other carpet manufacturers, Brintons designs and develops all of its own looms and supplies carpet to both commercial and residential markets globally.

Projects:

  • Kimpton Fitzroy London
  • Holland Casino, Rotterdam
  • D&D London

Jordyn Dickson
Studio: The Gettys Group
Role: Designer

Designer Jordyn Dickson is a native of Chicago’s north suburbs. She draws interior design inspiration from trends in the world of fashion, and — as a talented musician herself — she spends most of the day plugged into artists like Kurt Vile to fuel her creativity.

Dickson holds a degree from the CIDA-accredited design program at Indiana University.

Projects:

  • Hampton Inn Public Area Prototype Refresh,
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Hampton Inn Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney Springs, FL
  • TownePlace Suites Colorado (5 locations)
  • Residence Inn Deerfield, IL
  • Fairfield Inn San Diego, CA

Josh Piddock
Studio: Project Orange
Role: Architect

Josh Piddock completed his RIBA Part 2 at Sheffield School of Architecture in 2015 and joined Project Orange later that summer having travelled India in between. He completed his Part 3 at the University of Bath and fully qualified as a RIBA chartered Architect in 2017.

Piddock is currently working on an exciting custom build project in Norfolk, amongst other early stage projects in the office, whilst outside office life most of Josh’s time is taken up in the renovation of his flat in Hackney and in entering architectural competitions with his self-confessed wacky ideas.

Projects:

  • My Fortune Guntur, India
  • The Park Hotel Bangalore
  • NHOW London
  • Room 2, Southampton.

Kate Jarrett
Studio: Scott Brownrigg
Role: Interior Designer

Kate Jarrett is a creative young designer who thrives in all elements of the design process, from initial concept to project management and site installation. Having joined Scott Brownrigg in 2016, she has excelled in winning the respect of every client she works with. Jarrett has worked closely with glh Hotels and Hard Rock in delivering the public areas for the exciting new hotel located in London’s Marble Arch. She has also been intrinsic in creating a fun, young and Instagram-able hot spot and destination 10th floor bar on the edge of Leicester Square. A key strength is Jarrett’s all-round ability to communicate extremely well with clients, design team, consultants and contractors, with an end goal to produce an exceptional and innovative final product.

Projects:

  • GLH Hotels
  • Hard Rock Hotel London

Kayleigh Jones
Studio: Brintons
Role: Designer

Kayleigh Jones joined Brintons in 2016 as the result of a close working relationship between the carpet manufacturer and Birmingham City University’s (BCU) School of Fashion and Textiles. Impressed by the originality and inspiring nature of her material concepts, the Brintons panel had no hesitation in awarding the prize to  Jones, a graduate of BA (Hons) Textile Design (Constructed Textiles), for her project ‘Puff, powder, Gloss – cosmetictactility’ which was influenced by the seductive materiality of cosmetics. Following this, Brintons decided to offer the young designer the opportunity of joining their busy design department.

Lauren McEwen
Studio: Goddard Littlefair
Role: FF&E Designer

Lauren McEwen began her career with a five-year stretch at David Collins Studio, establishing herself as an FF&E specialist, with standout schemes for luxury hospitality projects including the Delaire Graff Estate in South Africa and the award-winning Gleneagles Hotel. McEwen was also involved in the design of the public spaces at the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Residences, housed within Ole Scheeren’s Maha Nakhon tower in Bangkok, Thailand, one of the most architecturally significant developments in the region. The project won several major awards including the ‘Best Luxury Condo Development’ at the Thailand Property Awards.

McEwen joined Goddard Littlefair in 2018, which has also challenged her ability to design within budget, another constraint the studio believes makes designers become more creative.

A committed advocate of craft, McEwen regularly keeps up to date with the latest techniques, visiting workshops and factories to reinforce her understanding of how things are made.

Projects:

  • Delaire Graff Estate
  • Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bangkok
  • Gleneageles, Scotland
  • Hilton Vienna
  • Grosvenor Hotel, London

Lisa Liu
Studio: WATG
Role: Architect

Lisa Liu is a RIBA and ARB qualified architect, with a Master’s degree from London’s distinguished Bartlett School of Architecture. Born in China, raised in New Zealand and now living in the UK, Liu has a diverse understanding of culture and locale, which is showcased throughout her work.

Having worked on a variety of land-uses; mainly hospitality, residential, and commercial projects; throughout Europe, Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East, she’s contextual within her design process, bringing the local surroundings into the heart of the project. Lisa has been involved in the design and delivery of some of our most memorable recent work.

“Lisa is a very talented architect, with great design skills. She has designed some of our most outstanding hospitality projects, and has a great sensibility for context and local culture” Nic Jacobs, Vice President, WATG.

Her advanced technological skills have allowed her to become a leader in emerging digital programmes at WATG. She has been a trailblazer in the use of the innovative software, particularly Grasshopper, and is able to use these tools, alongside her impeccable design skills to create a fantastic project.

Liu is a natural leader and an incredible asset to WATG and the architectural profession. We look forward to watching this talented individual grow and flourish.

Mahesh Parekh
Studio: ARA Design
Role: Junior Designer

Mahesh Parekh’s culturally rich background and his travels back home in India have placed him in a strong position for a colourful career in design.

Working his way up the ladder from an intern at ARA Design to now being a junior designer, Mahesh has grown into a confident young creative member of the team who has proven his skills in a number of projects, one of which is Isrotel Hotels.

Marion Pierru
Studio: Wilson Associates
Role: Junior Designer

Marion Pierru is a Junior Designer at the Wilson Associates’ Paris office, leveraging nearly five years of professional experience in the architecture and design industry.

Prior to joining the Wilson Associates team, Pierru was with George Wong Design, where she worked with clients such as Hyatt’s Hotel Louvre in Paris. Having won the opportunity to be on the design team through a student design competition, the Hotel Louvre project sparked Marion’s passion for the hospitality industry and became the catalyst for the career that has followed in the years since. Marion has also worked on projects such as the renovation of Un Hotel Trait D’Union and Baton Rouge Pigalle in Paris.

At Wilson Associates, Pierru assists in all phases of a project’s design. With the approval of the project manager and design director, she prepares a preliminary budget and purchase estimate, secures product samples, and creates specification books and presentation boards. As a primary contact with the purchasing agent, Marion prepares FF&E specifications to adhere to the client’s budget and the overall design direction for the project. At Wilson Associates, Marion works with the design team in Paris on projects across the globe and locally, including the Hotel Scribe in Paris and a range of properties for luxury brands such as Park Hyatt, Carlton and Jumeirah.

Nicola Brook
Studio: Nicola Brook Design
Role: Director

With more than eight years’ experience in the superyacht interior design sector, Nicola Brook recently set up her own firm, a human-centred interior design and creative consultancy studio based in London. Nicola is looking to broaden the studio’s portfolio into hotel design, believing that this fast-paced sector has many close links to the superyacht market which shaped her creative vocabulary.

Omar Nakkash
Studio: Nakkash Design Studio
Role: Co-founder, Designer

Omar Nakkash launched NAKKASH Design Studio which specialises in contemporary designs and furniture sourcing as well as designing signature commercial spaces such as Nourish and Parlour Boutique. Nakkash, who is based in Dubai, made his debut as a solo product designer with Trinity, a sculptural table lamp, at the Beirut Design Fair 2018.

His ability to look past design for aesthetical purpose and more for functionality made him a strong candidate in Esquire 100, which is described as “a list of men and womden who have helped the publication become the voice of the modern man.”

Patrick McCrae
Studio: ARTIQ
Role: CEO

This year, Patrick McCrae celebrates the tenth anniversary of ARTIQ, the art consultancy he first launched in 2009 to bridge the gap between the art and business worlds and to promote fair pay for artists.

Today, ARTIQ is one of the UK’s leading art consultancy, working with an extensive client base throughout the EMEA to bring outstanding art and experiences to businesses and brands and to push barriers constantly in terms of what art can achieve and who it can reach and engage with.

Projects:

  • Gleneagles, Scotland
  • Sessions House
  • Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik
  • Mode Aparthotel Arc De Triomphe
  • The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square

Rebecca Quickfall
Studio: Diamond Interiors
Role: Interior Designer

Formally a designer at Jasper Sanders + Partners, Rebecca Quickfall is a burgeoning talent defined by energy and enthusiasm, as both studios will agree.

Quickfall was an integral part of helping bring Jasper Sanders + Partners’ projects to life. Her creative and thoughtful contribution to every project gives clients the confidence that the solutions are right for their business.

Designing for people and creating valuable experiences that are not just intelligent spaces, Quickfall thrive as part of a team and believe collaboration is essential to good design.

Rosalynn Youdan
Studio: Jestico + Whiles
Role: Designer

Immediately after graduating with a first-class honours degree from Falmouth Rosalynn Youdan joined Jestico + Whiles in 2014 and has since played a pivotal role on several unique hotel and hospitality projects across the globe.

Her wide experience at Jestico + Whiles also includes the award-winning micro-brewery and pub Shilling’s Brewing Co. in Glasgow, which graced the cover of FX magazine in 2018, and the latest venture for etc Venues at London’s historic County Hall.

With experience in cruise liner design Youdan was lead designer for areas of Iona, the first of the next generation of ships for P&O. The ship launching in 2020 is set to be the largest cruise ship to be built exclusively for the British cruise market, with capacity for 5,200 guests and more than five speciality restaurants

Projects:

  • InterContinental Hotel Tbilisi
  • Old Spitalfields Market
  • Ted & Muffy Boutique
  • Shillings Brewing Co.
  • London County Hall
  • Hard Rock Hotel Malta
  • Hard Rock Hotel Berlin
  • Project Gala Cruise Ship
  • W Hotel Edinburgh
  • Hotel Palace Lucerne Switzerland
  • Hotel Titlis Palace Engelberg
  • W Marrakesh

Sarah Murphy
Studio: Jestico + Whiles
Role: Architect

Sarah Murphy joined Jestico + Whiles in 2014 after graduating from the University of Manchester with a First-Class Honours degree in Architecture.

Throughout her time in the practice she has been studying to qualify as an Architect and is currently undertaking her Part III.

Her architectural design background has been reinforced through the wide range of hotel and hospitality projects in which she has played a key role. Murphy has formed invaluable connections with the extensive design team and with self-determination remains close to the project to ensure the final product is as faultless as it can be.

Murphy is currently leading design of key areas of the design of Titlis Palace Hotel, a beautiful grande dame hotel in a mountainous area of Engelberg, Switzerland,  nestled below the shadow of Mount Titlis.

Projects:

  • Paul Street Hotel, London
  • Odeon, Shaftesbury Avenue, London
  • Hard Rock Hotel Malta
  • Hard Rock Hotel Berlin
  • Hotel Palace Lucerne Switzerland
  • Hotel Titlis Palace Engelberg

Scarlett Supple
Studio: Soho House Design
Role: Senior Interior Designer

Scarlett Supple has now been working in the industry for seven years.

It was during her second year as an interior designer that led the design of the main farmhouse, 5 cabins and 2 of the main barns at Soho Farmhouse in Chipping Norton. She said of the project: “The architects and I worked closely to develop a design that was true to the existing features of the space and celebrated the local materials as well as designing bespoke furniture and lighting that made each area unique.”

Arguably, her largest achievement since joining Soho House Design in 2015 was leading the design of Soho House Mumbai. “My time was spent designing bespoke fabric, with inspiration taken from traditional Indian motifs and patterns, working with local craftsman developing bespoke furniture and lighting as well as working with external developers and suppliers to ensure a successful opening of our first Soho House in Asia,” she said.

Projects:

  • Soho House West Hollywood
  • Soho House Greek Street
  • Babbington House
  • Soho House Mumbai
  • Soho House Paris

Simona Mirón
Studio: Gensler
Role: Architect

Simona Mirón taps into her boundless creativity to design unique and contemporary hotel environments – providing design expertise on projects from concept through to completion – for some of the most challenging clients not just in the Europe but also in Saudi Arabia, Malta and North Africa among others. Mirón is currently leading on the design of a complex 5* Hotel in the Middle East that’s part of a $300 million redevelopment. Her responsibilities include providing design expertise, collaborating and coordinating with 11 consulting firms in order to develop solutions that embody her client’s vision and needs.

Her growth within the profession over the last few years has been a joy for her colleagues to observe. Tom Lindblom, Hospitality Leader and Principal at Gensler comments: “Simona has developed a very strong design language for hotel and hospitality design. She makes the very important connection between master planning and architecture to create holistic designs for our clients on projects in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Her combination of clear design thinking, team spirit, amazing computer skills, and relentless work habits allows Gensler to continue to make innovative and successful projects. We look forward to great things for Simona.”

Achievements:

Leading the design of 5* Hotel that’s part of a $300 million redevelopment in the Middle East.

Winner of Europan 13, biennial competition for young architects under 40 years of age to design innovative urban design schemes across Europe, out of 1,862 entries across 15 countries for her Stavanger Project.

Winner of Gensler’s Design Excellent Award which celebrates the company’s most innovative projects.

Stephanie Riedl
Studio: B3 Designers
Role: Interior Architect

Stephanie Riedl’s career began in Stuttgart, Germany, where she gained her Bachelor of Arts in Interior and Architectural Design in 2016. During her studies Steph carried out a number of internships covering interior design, carpentry and residential design consultancy.

Riedll began working for Dittel Architects in Stuttgart after completing her studies and worked on a number of interior and branding projects. She then moved to G20 Architects where she freelanced and assisted in the design of a new build hotel.

Upon moving to London in June 2017, Steph joined B3 Designers; an award-winning interior design and branding studio specialising in restaurants, bars and hotels.

Most recently, Riedll also assisted with the design and attended the opening of the recently refurbished Champions Bar & Restaurant at the Marriott Hotel in Frankfurt.

Yosola Akinwumi
Studio: HBA London
Role: Junior Designer

From a young age Yosola Akinwumi has always been mesmerised and taken inspiration from the built environment she is surrounded by and her educational paths have guided her in the pursuit of her architecture dreams.

She studied Interior Architecture and Design at Nottingham Trent University, which gave her the opportunity to complete a year’s internship with HBA London. After completing her university degree, Akinwumi joined HBA London as a Junior Designer in 2016, fast expanding her skills in technical drawings and FF&E design. She continues to evolve in her design knowledge and flair, creating tailored design solutions. Since working with HBA London, she has been involved with projects in the Middle East, China, Maldives and Europe.

Projects:

  • Waldorf Astoria, Doha
  • Luxury Collection, Doha
  • Raffles Hotel and Residences Istanbul

The full gallery of Meet Up London, where the 30 Under 30s were unveiled in spectacular fashion, can be accessed here.

Meet Up London ’19: In pictures

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Meet Up London ’19: In pictures

Hotel Designs’ Meet Up London, which took place on March 28 2019, provided an evening full of celebrations…

More than 200 of the industry’s finest attended Meet Up London held at Minotti London’s showroom on March 28 for Hotel Designs’ first networking event of 2019. New to this year, the evening included the final of Hotel Designs’ 30 Under 30, while also publically cutting the ribbon for the unveiling of its new website. Here is the official gallery of the evening.

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Hotel Designs’ next Meet Up in the calendar is Meet Up North, which takes place in Manchester on July 1. More details to follow. 

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Hotel Designs launches into a stylish new era at Meet Up London 2019

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Hotel Designs launches into a stylish new era at Meet Up London 2019

The hotel design industry’s finest gathered at Minotti London last night for Meet Up London, Hotel Designs’ first networking event of 2019, which unveiled many causes for celebrations…

London was at the centre of the design world once more last night, as hundreds of designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers descended on city’s Fitzrovia district for Meet Up London.

Providing the perfect stage for Hotel Designs’ first networking event of the year, Minotti London opened its showroom doors to the sea of leaders and visionaries who attended the event.

Among the guests were young designers, directors and principals from studios such as Richmond International, Conran & Partners, WATG, Jestico + Whiles, ARA Design, Scott Brownrigg, Gensler and many more.

Unique to this year’s format, Meet Up London hosted the final of Hotel Designs’ 30 Under 30 initiative. All 40 shortlisted finalists were invited, courtesy of Hotel Designs, following the title’s aim to help bridge the age gap in international hotel design. “Tonight’s concept, and its very important theme, has evolved in order to make our networking events more relevant to our audience,” said editor Hamish Kilburn who made the sofas of Minotti his stage for the evening. “Since the success of The Brit List 2018 Awards last year, we have decided to lightly theme each of our networking events. Tonight, it is about celebrating and profiling young designers and architects who are proving themselves to be true leaders in the making, if not so already.”

Following the unveiling of the final 30 Under 30, the evening’s programme gave guests a sneak peek of Hotel Designs’ new branding and website ahead of its highly anticipated launch that was announced today. “I am delighted that we are turning this page so publically here this evening in order to start our new chapter.” explained Kilburn. “Our new slogan is: ‘Defining the point on international hotel design,’ and we believe that events like these that are attended by so many of you, our readers, do just that.”

Meet Up London continued with an engaging talk from the London School of Architecture’s Director of Critical Projects, James Soane. Aptly entitled Repairing The Future, Soane’s presentation captured the audience’s attention and imagination into understanding how we can, as a collective creative industry, design and build better cities and hotels. “Are you doing what you believe in and are you practicing what you preach” Soane asked the audience. “Or are you just preaching what you would like to practice? Design can make the world a better place. It has a lot to do with equality and the future.”

Attendees were then able to use the evening as a networking event to catch up with like-minded industry experts, while also learning about the latest products on the market from suppliers such as Hamilton Litestat (exclusive headline partner), Tarkett (event partner), Minotti London (style partner), Crosswater, Brintons, Laufen and many more.

Ensuring that no guest left empty handed, gifting partner Aslotel supplied all attendees with a generous goody bag that included a selection of its luxury amenity products.

The full gallery of the evening – and the details for Hotel Designs’ next networking event, Meet Up North – will be announced shortly.

SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED: Hotel Designs’ 30 under 30

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SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED: Hotel Designs’ 30 under 30

Hundreds of entries have been whittled down to just 40 talented designers and architects under 30… 

Following its search to find the industry’s next rising stars, Hotel Designs has announced the shortlist of its 2019 30 Under 30 initiative…

Nominations, which closed on February 15, came in from many leading design firms such as HBA London, The Gettys Group, WATG, Richmond International, Gensler and many more.

Further to being recognised as rising stars on the international hotel design scene, the shortlisted finalists will also be invited, courtesy of Hotel Designs, to Meet Up London to network among a sea of other leading leading names in the industry.

“Our aim for the 30 Under 30 initiative is really to bridge the age gap between designers, hoteliers, architects and key industry suppliers,” said Katy Phillips, publisher of Hotel Designs. “Our events are often attended by directors and principals of studios, but we would like to extend the invitation now to include the young talented individuals who are shaping the future of our industry.”

The shortlisted finalists are:

Adam Charlap Hyman – Charlap Hyman & Herrero

Adam  Crabtree – Chelsom

Alaa Mohamed – Pallavi Dean Interiors

Ali Bacon – The Gettys Group

Amber Peters – Bluehaus

Andre Herrero – Charlap Hyman & Herrero

Anya Gordon Clark – Dexter Moren Associates

Beatrice Fischel-Bock – Hutch

Catherine van der Heide – HASSELL

Charlotte Roe – WISH London

Daniela Anedda – M Studio London

David Jelensky – M Studio London

Gina Langridge – WATG

Gioia Corrada – M Studio London

Harry Allnatt – Richmond International

Jen Lees – HBA London

Jodie Hatton – Brintons

Jordyn Dickson – The Gettys Group

Josh Piddock – Project Orange

Karolina Samuilaite – Modus

Kate Jarrett – Scott Brownrigg

Kay Jones – Brintons

Lauren McEwen – Goddard Littlefair

Lily Kwong – Studio Lily Kwong

Lisa Liu  – WATG

Mahesh Parekh – ARA Design

Marion Pierru – Wilson Associates

Natasha Ahmed – Lulie Fisher Design Studio

Nicola Brook – Nicola Brook Design

Omar Nakkash – Nakkash Design Studio

Patrick McCrae – ARTIQ

Rasha All-Tekreeti – MMAC Design

Rebecca Quickfall – Jasper Sanders + Partners

Reem Moussalli – Dress The Space F.Z.E

Rosalynn Youdan – Jestico + Whiles

Sarah Murphy – Jestico + Whiles

Scarlett Supple – Soho House Design

Simona Miron – Gensler

Stephanie Riedl – B3 Designers

Yasmin Farahmandy – Gensler

Yosola Akinwumi – HBA London

About Meet Up London

More than 200 hospitality professionals are expected to attend Hotel Designs’ highly anticipated networking event, Meet Up London.

Following the success of previous networking events, such as The Brit list 2018 and Meet Up North, Hotel Designs’ Meet Up London will adopt the theme of 30 under 30. The leading hotel design website has asked its readers to nominate designers, architects and hoteliers of the age of 30 and under who are fast climbing the ranks to become leading practitioners.

The event, which is being styled exclusively by Minotti London, will provide a unique opportunity to network over drinks and canapés with the largest names in hospitality, interior design and architecture.

Address: 77 Margaret St, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 8SY
Time: 6pm – 9pm

For more information about becoming a Hotel Designs Meet Up sponsor, contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or email z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk.

To purchase your tickets to Meet Up London, click here.

Exclusive style partner: Minotti London

Exclusive headline partner: Hamilton Litestat

Meet Up London: 30 Under 30 launches early bird tickets

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Early bird tickets are now available for Meet Up London: 30 Under 30, which this year will run with the theme 30 Under 30… 

Until February 7, designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers will be able to purchase early bird tickets for Hotel Designs‘ highly anticipated Q1 networking evening, Meet Up London: 30 Under 30.

The event, which is being exclusively styled by Minotti London and will take place in the showroom in Fitzrovia, will help to further bridge the gap between designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers. “We hope that by launching the ’30 Under 30′ element to the evening that the event will become more than just a networking event for industry leaders,” said editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn. “We are excited to shine the spotlight on the rising stars of industry, to the individuals who are fast climbing the ranks to push international hotel design into a new and exciting chapter. This is therefore the perfect event for individuals from across the industry to gather to help further bridge the gap between designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers of all ages.”

Early bird ticket prices

Suppliers: £99 + VAT (£150 + VAT after early bird offer expires after February 7)
Designers, hoteliers and architects: £10 + VAT (£20 + VAT after early bird offer expires after February 7)

To purchase your tickets, click here.

Venue:
Minotti Showroom,
77 Margaret St, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 8SY

Date: March 28, 2019

How to apply for the 30 Under 30 list

If you are/or know of a deserving designer, architect or hotelier who is 30 years old or younger, please send in your application/nomination to: h.kilburn@forumevents.co.uk with the following:

  • 200-400 word bio, which acknowledges achievements to date and why you/he/she deserves to be recognised
  • Name of company you/he/she currently works for
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The final 30 will be confirmed to attend the event with Hotel Designs‘ compliments and the winners will be notified in due course ahead of the networking evening.

How to attend Meet Up London: 30 Under 30

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to attend the event, contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or on z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

If you are an interior designer or architect and would like to attend the Hotel Designs Meet Up London: 30 Under 30, click here to confirm your attendance.

Exclusive style partner: Minotti London

Hotel Designs announces 30 Under 30 Meet Up

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Taking place on March 28 at Minotti Showroom London, 30 Under 30 Meet Up will bridge the age gap between interior designers, hoteliers, architects and industry suppliers… 

With the aim to recognise and celebrate the rising stars within the industry who are fast climbing the ranks, Hotel Designs has announced that its London Meet Up event on March 28 will run with a 30 Under 30 theme.

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Following the success of The Brit List 2018, the exclusive networking event will be styled by premium furniture brand Minotti, which will host the evening at its luxurious London Showroom. “We are delighted that, by becoming the exclusive style partner for Meet Up London: 30 Under 30, we are able to support and celebrate young talent within this creative industry,” said Anke Summerhill, Managing Director and Creative Director, Minotti London. “Hosting the networking evening at our London showroom further allows us to connect with designers, architects and industry suppliers of all ages – and we thoroughly look forward to welcoming both leading practitioners as well as the next rising stars in hotel design to our London hub.”

Designed to bridge the gap between designers, hoteliers and architects of all ages, the event will officially unveil the 30 Under 30 and will – from start to finish – have a clear focus on giving young designers, architects and hoteliers a platform to amplify their work.

Venue:
Minotti Showroom,
77 Margaret St, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 8SY

Date: March 28, 2019

How to apply for the 30 Under 30 list

If you are/or know of a deserving designer, architect or hotelier who is 30 years old or younger, please send in your application/nomination to: h.kilburn@forumevents.co.uk with the following:

  • 200-400 word bio, which acknowledges achievements to date and why you/he/she deserves to be recognised
  • Name of company you/he/she currently works for
  • Profile image

The final 30 will be confirmed to attend the event with Hotel Designs’ compliments and the winners will be notified in due course ahead of the networking evening.

How to attend Meet Up London: 30 Under 30

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to attend the event, contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or on z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

If you are an interior designer or architect and would like to attend the Hotel Designs Meet Up London: 30 Under 30, click here to confirm your attendance.

Exclusive style partner: Minotti London



The Brit List 2018 – hotelier profiles

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In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 75 finalists in the Hotel Designs Brit List 2018. We continue with profiling our winning hoteliers in alphabetical order…

This year’s The Brit List 2018 concluded on November 22, when leading designers, hoteliers and architects gathered at BEAT London to find out which of them made it on to this year’s The Brit List 2018. The hundreds of nominees and entries were whittled down by the event’s five judges, who were:

  • Gilly Craft, President of the British Institute of Interior Design
  • Charles Leon, founder of Leon Black Architecture and Interior Design
  • Gerri Gallagher, former associate editor, Tatler
  • Lysbeth Fox, founder and director of Fox PR
  • Hamish Kilburn, editor, Hotel Designs 

Rami Fustok – The Mandrake 

Rami Fustok now considers himself a Londoner having grown up in Beirut. A businessman and an entrepreneur, Fustok is the owner of The Mandrake – a brand new independent boutique hotel in the heart of London, which was recently reviewed by Hotel Designs, and combines eclectic, vibrant interiors, extraordinary art, intriguing soundscapes and specially designed scents.

Robin Sheppard – Bespoke Hotels (Winner: Outstanding Contribution to the Hospitality Industry award)

Formed in 2000, Bespoke Hotels has grown to represent more than 200 properties worldwide, and now stands as the UK’s largest Independent Hotel Group. Ranging from specialist golfing hotels to award-winning spa resorts and chic city centre properties, the group prides itself on a diverse roster and a unique, individualised management style. Bespoke Hotel’s Chairman, Robin Sheppard, has recently been appointed Chairman of the Institute of Hospitality, as well as being instated as Hotel Sector Champion by the Government’s Office for Disability Issues. A tireless campaigner for awareness around disability and the importance of accessible design, Sheppard launched the Bespoke Access Awards in 2016 alongside members of the House of Lords.

The largest such design competition in the country, the now Blue Badge Access Awards, is going into its third iteration and has seen winning designs incorporated across the Bespoke portfolio and forthcoming new-build locations.

Sarah Holden – The PIG Near Bath

After two years leading the restaurant team at The PIG near Bath, during which she was awarded a Hotel Catey, Sarah Holden was promoted to the position of Hotel Director in 2015. Since then, Holden has made a name for herself on the British hotel scene by overseeing 90 staff in the stunning 29-key property.

Thomas Kochs – The Corinthia, London

Thomas Kochs became the Managing Director of The Corinthia London in May 2017. Kochs is responsible for managing Corinthia Hotel’s flagship property, which
opened its doors on Whitehall Place in 2011. In six years, Corinthia London has achieved international acclaim as one of the world’s leading luxury five-star hotels. The hotel, located near London’s Embankment features 294-guestrooms, suites and penthouses, two international restaurants, a cocktail bar and the UK’s award-winning ESPA Life.

Will Ashworth – Watergate Bay Hotel 

Nominated for Hotelier of Year at this year’s Independent Hotel Show, Will Ashworth took over his parent’s hotel business in 2004. Going against the grain of a typical seaside hotel, Ashworth transformed the Watergate Bay Hotel’s fortunes by refurbishing the building, running fresh initiatives and taking its marketing to new heights. As a direct result, the hotel now runs at 86 percent occupancy all year round.

The Brit List 2018 – hotelier profiles

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In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 75 finalists in the Hotel Designs Brit List 2018. We continue with profiling our winning hoteliers in alphabetical order…

This year’s The Brit List 2018 concluded on November 22, when leading designers, hoteliers and architects gathered at BEAT London to find out which of them made it on to this year’s The Brit List 2018. The hundreds of nominees and entries were whittled down by the event’s five judges, who were:

  • Gilly Craft, President of the British Institute of Interior Design
  • Charles Leon, founder of Leon Black Architecture and Interior Design
  • Gerri Gallagher, former associate editor, Tatler
  • Lysbeth Fox, founder and director of Fox PR
  • Hamish Kilburn, editor, Hotel Designs

Top hoteliers

Faye Stone – The Pig in the Wall 

Recently promoted as the Hotel Director of The Pig in the Wall, Faye Stone originally joined the five-strong Pig group, which is owned and operated by Home Grown Hotels, in 2012 at the original Pig hotel in Brockenhurst, Hampshire.

The Pig in the Wall is situated in Southampton’s medieval city walls and operates as a bed and breakfast accomadtion.

Fiona Moores – The Pig at Combe

A Lover of cycling, fair weather and discovering new food and drink, Fiona Moores became the general manager of The Pig at Combe in 2016, when the 27-key property opened. Under Moores’ leadership, the hotel became the winner in the Conde Nast Traveler HOT LIST 2017 awards.

As with all PIG hotels, the establishment has a particular focus on the fresh produce grown, offering guests a quintessentially British experience from check in to check out.

Gareth Banner – The Ned, London

Gareth Banner is the Managing Director of The Ned: a hotel, members club andcollection of restaurants in the City of London from Soho House & Co and Sydell Group.

Gareth graduated in 1999 from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management. His first appointment was with Marriott International and he subsequently held a number of project management and senior operations roles.

After eight years with Marriott, Gareth became Hotel Manager at The Cavendish London in 2006. During this time, he was involved in bringing the hotel back into private ownership. Gareth moved to London’s original boutique hotel, The Hempel as General Manger in 2008, where he fundamentally restructured and repositioned the five star, 50-bedroom luxury hotel before facilitating a sale of the business at the end of 2012.

In 2013 Gareth was appointed General Manager at the iconic St. Pancras Renaissance. He was charged to provide strategic leadership for positioning the five star, 207 bedroom & 38 suite hotel, following the completion of a £200m restoration of the building in 2011.

After joining The Ned team in 2016, Gareth’s vision was for The Ned to change the face of the City of London. Originally designed by English architect, Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924, the Grade I-listed building opened in May 2017 and includes ten restaurants, 250 bedrooms, and ‘Ned’s Club’ – where members have access to a rooftop pool, gym, spa, hamam and late night lounge bar. In 2018 The Ned has been presented with the City Heritage Award and named ‘Best Hotel’ in the GQ Food and Drink Awards.

Jasdeep Sodhi – Hotel Indigo – 1 Leicester Square

Located in the Neighbourhood of Cinematic Glamour, Hotel Indigo London-1 Leicester Square boasts 95 boutique style rooms, a sky-high rooftop bar and Restaurant including private space suitable for meetings, media events, pitches and huddles.

Since opening in the spring of this year, Jasdeep Sodhi and his team have welcomed guests from around the globe to experience Leicester Square
from a unique point of view.

 

The Brit List 2018 – hotelier profiles

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In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 75 finalists in the Hotel Designs Brit List 2018. We continue with profiling our 25 winning hoteliers in alphabetical order…

This year’s The Brit List 2018 concluded on November 22, when leading designers, hoteliers and architects gathered at BEAT London to find out which of them made it on to this year’s The Brit List 2018. The hundreds of nominees and entries were whittled down by the event’s five judges, who were:

  • Gilly Craft, President of the British Institute of Interior Design
  • Charles Leon, founder of Leon Black Architecture and Interior Design
  • Gerri Gallagher, former associate editor, Tatler
  • Lysbeth Fox, founder and director of Fox PR
  • Hamish Kilburn, editor, Hotel Designs

Top hoteliers

Barney Cunliffe – The Gilpin 

Barney Cunliffe is the Managing Director of the truly family run The Gilpin. At the heart of the hotel is a very passionate family and team, dedicated to creating lasting memories for guests who return time and again for romance, celebrations and escapes.

For Cunliffe and his team, hospitality starts with a very warm welcome and ends with a friendly goodbye, with extraordinary service, exquisite décor and stunning culinary experiences in between.

Brian Benson – The Gainsborough

Brian Benson’s genuine charm and warmth, which echoes throughout The Gainsborough, makes him a truly exceptional hotelier in Britain today.

The hotel, which was reviewed by Hotel Designs, was opened in 2015 with interiors by celebrated designer Alexandra Champalimaud. It prides itself as Bath’s most exclusive hotel as it is the only hotel spa in the city that taps into the natural heated thermal springs.

Conor O’Leary – Gleneagles (Winner, Inspiration in Design – Hotelier of the Year)

Conor O’Leary, who brings more than 20 years’ experience to his role, first joined Gleneagles in November 2016 when he took up the position of Hotel Manager, with chief responsibility for all food and beverage operations across the hotel and estate.

Since then, he has exceeded in his mission to enhance the reputation of Perthshire and to position Gleneagles as Scotland’s luxury playground with a number of pursuits, activities and opportunities outside a typical hotel. The most recent addition to the hotel is Ochil House, featured as part of a review by Hotel Designs as an exceptional add-on meeting area designed by Ennismore’s design team, led by Charlie North.

David Morgan-Hewitt – The Goring

The charismatic Managing Director is as much of an institution as the hotel itself, having been with The Goring since 1990. In his 25 years at the hotel, he has overseen some of its greatest and exciting periods of transformation.

This year, Morgan-Hewitt was named Top General Manager of the Year Worldwide by Luxury Travel Advisor. In addition to leading the hotel
forward, he also sits on the Executive Committee of the Master Innholders and is an Honorary Catering Advisor to the Army.

Debrah Dhugga – Dukes Hotel London

Whilst the hotel’s interiors boast a home-away-from-home feel, it is DUKES LONDON’s impeccable service which truly makes it one of the best boutique hotels in London. Debrah Dhugga, Managing Director of DUKES COLLECTION, ensures that each team member offers a five-star guest experience, helping to create lasting memories throughout the stay within an iconic, yet chic environment. The Mission Statement for DUKES LONDON’s team is: “A hidden gem where we create personalised experiences with passion. It is somewhere rather special”.

The intimate and exclusive hotel has been welcoming guests for 110 years and features 90 rooms, including 11 suites and one Penthouse Suite. DUKES LONDON boasts a Drawing Room and Conservatory, the signature restaurant GBR, the renowned DUKES Bar, a gym and health club, a Cognac & Cigar Garden, as well as three well-appointed meeting rooms and elegant wedding facilities. Dhugga is, as far as we could find, the only female hotel Managing Director in London.

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Inside The Brit List 2018

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The Brit List 2018 took place last night at BEAT London, welcoming the top interior designers, hoteliers, architects and key-industry suppliers to network and mingle to celebrate Britain’s position in international hotel design. Here are the official images of the evening… 

Hotel Designs‘ nationwide search to find Britain’s top interior designers, hoteliers and architects came to a close last night as the leaders of our industry gathered for the awards ceremony. The winners of The Brit List 2018 awards were crowned and the top 75 influencers in British hotel design were announced.

Here are the official photographs inside The Brit List 2018.

If you have images of the night that you wish to share, please use the hashtag #TheBritList2018

THE BRIT LIST 2018: One week to go

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In seven days time, the UK’s leading designers, hoteliers and architects will gather at BEAT London for what is being dubbed the ‘after-party of Show Season 2018 for a networking event like no other…

With just seven days until The Brit List 2018 is unveiled and the winners of the six newly launched events are announced, time for designers, hoteliers, architects and key-industry suppliers to purchase their tickets to meet up with the UK’s leading influencers in international hotel design is running out.

Studio directors, managing directors and general managers from companies such as HBA LondonGA DesignRPW DesignWATGGoddard Littlefair, EPR ArchitectsBespoke Hotels, Gleneagles, Rosewood Hotels and Hotel Gotham are all among those who have confirmed their attendance at The Brit List 2018.

With highlights of the evening including headline speaker, Charles Leon from Leon Black Interior Architecture discussing Britain’s position in international hotel design and hospitality post-Brexit, the networking event will conclude this year’s insightful show season and will give delegates and suppliers the opportunity to discuss the highlights of hotel design in 2018.

How to attend

The last remaining tickets available can be purchased by clicking here.

If you would like to talk about sponsorship opportunities, or to request the latest attendee list, please contact Katy Phillips on 01992 374050 or via email by clicking here.

If you are an interior designer, hotelier or architect you can book tickets for £20+vat per person here

If you are a supplier to the hotel industry you can book tickets for £175+vat per person here

Event timings: 6.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.

6.30 p.m. Welcome drinks are served
7.00 p.m. Welcome speech from Hotel Designs Editor, Hamish Kilburn, to include unveiling of The Brit List 2018 winners
7.15 p.m. Canapés are served
7.15 p.m. Headline speaker, Charles Leon, Leon Black Interior Architecture addresses the Brit List 2018 – Britain’s position in international hotel design and hospitality post-Brexit
7.30 p.m. Awards presentation commences
8.00 p.m. Headline speaker, Moritz Waldemeyer, Studio Moritz Waldemeyer addresses The Brit List 2018 – Hotel lighting; how it has changed in recent times and how is lighting technology allowing for more creative interiors
8.15 p.m. Celebrations and networking

Directions to BEAT London:

Address: 48 Margaret St, Marylebone, London W1W 8SE
Nearest tube station: Oxford Circus

BRIT LIST 2018 Industry Partner: British Institute of Interior Design

BRIT LIST 2018 Event Sponsor: Hamilton Litestat

BRIT LIST 2018 Supporting Partner: Studio Moritz Waldemeyer

BRIT LIST 2018 Award Sponsor: Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year: Tarkett

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The Brit List 2018 Innovation In Technology Award Sponsor: DLAppTap

THE BRIT LIST 2018: Just three weeks to go

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Hotel Designs unveils the latest leading figures who will be attending The Brit List 2018 as time is running out for designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers to secure their place…

With just three weeks to go until The Brit List 2018, time is running out to book your tickets to Britain’s leading networking evening for interior designers, hoteliers, architects and key-industry suppliers.

The latest leading names and firms to be added onto the guest list include Minotti London, The Ned, Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, Project Orange, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Tara Bernerd & Partners and Yasmine Mahmoudieh.

On November 22 at BEAT London, as well as unveiling the 75 most influential designers, hoteliers and architects who deserve their place in The Brit List 2018, Hotel Designs will also announce the winners of the six newly launched awards. These include:

  • Inspiration in Design – Innovative use of Technology
  • Inspiration in Design – Hotelier of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Architect of the Year
  • The Eco Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Hotel Industry

How to attend

To register your interest, purchase tickets or talk about sponsorship opportunities please contact Katy Phillips on 01992 374050 or via email by clicking here.

If you are an interior designer, hotelier or architect you can book tickets for £20+vat per person here

If you are a supplier to the hotel industry you can book tickets for £175+vat per person here

Event timings: 6.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.

6.30 p.m. Welcome drinks are served
7.00 p.m. Welcome speech from Hotel Designs Editor, Hamish Kilburn, to include unveiling of The Brit List 2018 winners
7.15 p.m. Canapés are served
7.15 p.m. Headline speaker, Charles Leon, Leon Black Interior Architecture addresses the Brit List 2018 – Britain’s position in international hotel design and hospitality post-Brexit
7.30 p.m. Awards presentation commences
8.00 p.m. Headline speaker, Moritz Waldemeyer, Studio Moritz Waldemeyer addresses The Brit List 2018 – Hotel lighting; how it has changed in recent times and how is lighting technology allowing for more creative interiors
8.15 p.m. Celebrations and networking

BRIT LIST 2018 Industry Partner: British Institute of Interior Design

BRIT LIST 2018 Event Sponsor: Hamilton Litestat

BRIT LIST 2018 Supporting Partner: Studio Moritz Waldemeyer

BRIT LIST 2018 Award Sponsor: Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year: Tarkett

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Brit List 2018: Leading designers, hoteliers and architects confirmed to attend

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With The Brit List 2018 fast approaching, leading industry names have confirmed their attendance to help Hotel Designs celebrate the top 75 influencers British in international hotel design and hospitality…

Rosewood London, HBA London, RPW Design, WATG, Wimberly Interiors, Gleneagles, EPR Architects, Bespoke Hotels and The Mandrake are among the brands that have confirmed their attendance The Brit List 2018.

Taking place on November 22 at BEAT London, The Brit List 2018 provides a platform for the leading influencers in British design, hotel and architecture. Launched last year, the Brit List 2018 awards will not only unveil the top 75, but will also, for the first time, announce the winners of six newly launched awards.

The long list, which was officially announced last week, is available to view here.

Event timings: 6.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.

6.30 p.m. Welcome drinks are served
7.00 p.m. Welcome speech from Hotel Designs Editor, Hamish Kilburn, to include unveiling of The Brit List 2018 winners
7.15 p.m. Canapés are served
7.15 p.m. Headline speaker addresses The Brit List 2018
7.30 p.m. Awards presentation commences
8.00 p.m. Headline speaker addresses The Brit List 2018
8.15 p.m. Celebrations and networking

In order to secure your place, click here to purchase tickets. 

To discuss the various sponsorship packages available, and to enquire for the full attendee list, please contact Katy Phillips on +44(0)1992 374050.

BRIT LIST 2018 Industry partner: British Institute of Interior Design

BRIT LIST: Less than one week to go to claim your early bird tickets

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The deadline to claim your early bird tickets to the awards ceremony of this year’s Brit List is September 16, 2018…

There is less than a week left in order to claim your early bird tickets to this year’s Brit List, which will take place on November 22 at BEAT London.

The Brit List ceremony will welcome the leading interior designers, hoteliers, architects and key suppliers within the industry who will gather to witness the announcement of not only this year’s The Brit List 2018 (the top 75 British designers, hoteliers and architects) but also the winners of the six new awards up for grabs, which are:

  • Inspiration in Design – Innovative use of technology
  • Inspiration in Design – Boutique Hotelier
  • Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Architect of the Year
  • The Eco Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Hotel Industry

Early-bird tickets

Delegates and suppliers who purchase their tickets to the event before the nominations cut-off date of September 16 will take full advantage of the sizable discount on offer:

Delegates: £10 + VAT (£20 + VAT after September 16)
Suppliers: £150 + VAT (£175 + VAT after September 16)

In addition to the early bird ticket cut-off,the deadline to enter this year’s Brit List is also September 16.

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to meet the top hoteliers, interior designers and hoteliers at The Brit List, click here to book your place.

If you are a delegate to the hospitality industry (architect, designer or hotelier) and would like to attend The Brit List 2018, click here to book your place.

To discuss the various sponsorship packages available, please contact Phoebe Kasapi on +44(0)1992 374059

For more information on how to nominate or apply, click here.

Hotel Designs Brit List announces judging panel

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The Brit List, which celebrates Britain’s top 25 influential interior designers, hoteliers and architects, has announced the judging panel for this year’s awards taking place on November 22 at BEAT London…

Ahead of this year’s anticipated Brit List, which launched last year with the aim to raise the profile of British creatives in the industry, Hotel Designs has confirmed the five judges who together will agree on which designers, hoteliers and architects deserve to be recognised in the 2018 Brit List.

In addition to The Brit List, Hotel Designs has also launched six new awards that will also be presented to the winners on the night The Brit List 2018 is unveiled. These awards are:

  • Inspiration in Design – Innovative use of technology
  • Inspiration in Design – Boutique Hotelier
  • Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Architect of the Year
  • The Eco Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Hotel Industry

To apply for free to this year’s Brit List, please click here and click the ‘nominations’ tab to apply.
Nominations close on September 16

The Brit List 2018 judges are:

Gilly Craft, President of the British Institute of Interior Design 

As well as the BIID becoming the event’s industry partner, Gilly Craft brings with her a wealth of interior design experience as well as a deep understanding for trends and recognising potential in creatives. “I am very excited to be one of the judges for the Brit List this year,” said Craft on accepting the role as a judge. “It is important that designers have the opportunity to be recognised by their peers in this way.”

Charles Leon, founder of Leon Black Architectural

In 1994, Charles Leon established his own design practice, CLA which specialised in hospitality and residential design. In2010 he was joined by Nicholas Black and in 2014 they formed the partnership Leon Black.

Leon Black specialises in Residential and Hospitality Design and Interior Architecture. Charles, the former president of the BIID, also lectures on design theory, innovation, emotion and the workings of the designer’s mind. He is a guest lecturer at Middlesex University and The Interior Design School.

“I am very honoured to take part as a judge for the Hotel Designs Brit List this year and to have the opportunity to celebrate the breadth and depth of UK designers and hoteliers,” said Leon.

Gerri Gallagher, former associate editor, Tatler

Drawing on 25 years of editorial experience at Tatler with specific emphasis on luxury travel, an extensive global knowledge of five-star hotels and spas and a unique US/UK perspective, Gerri Gallagher is a highly-respected professional who combines a strong creative vision with an astute understanding of what discerning international clients expect.

“I was honoured to be asked to participate in the Hotel Designs Brit List 2018. In my professional capacity as a hotel/spa consultant I work with some of the finest hoteliers and designers in the world,” said Gallagher. “To sit on the panel of judges for this prestigious event is an exciting opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the industry’s British superstars.”

Lysbeth Fox, founder and director of Fox PR

Lysbeth Fox is the Managing Director of luxury travel, wellness and gourmet agency Fox PR, whose portfolio of clients includes some of the most prestigious in the world. Lysbeth is currently in India building a school with her daughter so was unable to supply a quote for this announcement. I am honoured to be amongst such a prestigious panel of judges –  and for such an important award,” said Fox. “As a longtime advisor and strategist for luxury hotels – it has been my privilege to work with some of the most innovative and stylish destinations in the world.  I am looking forward to reviewing this year’s best of British nominees.”

Hamish Kilburn, editor, Hotel Designs

Overseeing the panel is Hamish Kilburn, the editor of Hotel Designs. Kilburn has reviewed some of the most spectacular hotels around the world and has his finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest happenings in the world of international hotel design.

Together with the strong team behind the brand, he is helping to strengthen Hotel Designs’ events offering including The Brit List, Hotel Summit, Meet Up and the launch of a new event for interior designers and architects that will launch in 2019.

If you, or an individual you know of, deserves to be recognised in this year’s Brit List, please click here and click the ‘nominations’ tab to apply for free.

Once all nominations have been received by the closing date of September 16, the judging panel will select the final 75 most inspirational and influential people in British design, hotels and architecture.

On November 22, designers, hoteliers, architects and key suppliers to the industry will gather at BEAT London where The Brit List 2018 will be unveiled.

Industry suppliers and delegates will be able purchase tickets to attend the awards ceremony, and there are a limited number of sponsorship opportunities available for this prestigious and influential event. For more details contact Phoebe Kasapi by emailing p.kasapi@forumevents.co.uk, or calling 01992 374059.

The Brit List 2018 nominations are now open

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Hotel Designs has opened the The Brit List 2018 nominations to interior designers, hoteliers and architects…

Date of nominations closing: September 16
Awards ceremony: November 22 at BEAT, London

Hotel Designs is delighted to announce that nominations for this year’s Brit List are now open, welcoming you, our loyal readers and supporters, the opportunity to put forward entries from all exceptional British interior designers, hoteliers and architects.

If you, or an individual you know of, deserves to be recognised in this year’s Brit List, please click here and click the ‘nominations’ tab.

  • Category (Interior Design, Architecture, Hotelier)
  • Name
  • Profile image
  • Any relevant supporting images (max 3)
  • Company name
  • Job title
  • Reason for entering (max 300 words)

Once all nominations have been received by the closing date of September 16, the judging panel – made up of figures from across the hospitality and design sectors – will select the final 75 most inspirational and influential people in British design, hotels and architecture.

On November 22, designers, hoteliers, architects and key suppliers to the industry will gather at BEAT London where The Brit List 2018 will be unveiled. “With the UK being seen by the rest of the world as one of the largest design hubs, it’s important for us to support exceptionally talented individuals and firms by giving them platform to help amplify their work,” says publisher of Hotel Designs, Katy Phillips. “The winners of these awards will be further examples of how the UK continues to have a strong presence in international hotel design.”

In addition to The Brit List, Hotel Designs has also launched six new awards that will be presented to the winners on the night The Brit List 2018 is unveiled. These awards are:

  • Inspiration in Design – Innovative use of technology
  • Inspiration in Design – Boutique Hotelier
  • Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Architect of the Year
  • The Eco Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Hotel Industry

Industry suppliers and delegates will be able purchase tickets to attend the awards ceremony, and there are a limited number of sponsorship opportunities available for this prestigious and influential event. For more details contact Phoebe Kasapi by emailing p.kasapi@forumevents.co.uk, or calling 01992 374059.

 

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Meet Up North: Three days to go!

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On July 18, Hotel Designs will bring the successful networking concept of ‘Meet Up’ up North to Manchester…

There are just three days left in order to secure your place at Meet Up North, the UK’s leading networking event for hoteliers, architects, interior designers and key-industry suppliers.

In the heart of Manchester, King Street Townhouse, which The Telegraph concluded it was “like staying with a rich friend who has extremely good taste”, has been chosen to shelter the Northern soiree. “Manchester, for many reasons, is a hive for hotel design,” said Hamish Kilburn, editor of Hotel Designs. “In particular, with its outstanding terrace on the sixth floor, King Street Townhouse aligns perfectly to our networking event Meet Up North.”

Located within the upper King Street Conservation Area of Manchester city centre, the hotel is an impressive 1870s Italian renaissance building, designed by local architect Edward Salomons for the Manchester Salford Trustees Bank. In 2016, AEW Architects, who will be at the networking event this week, converted the building from an office into the high-end 40-bedroom boutique hotel that stands proud over the city today.

Speaking at Meet Up North will be Fiona Thompson, Principal of Richmond International. Thompson will be sharing her thoughts on past projects, future predictions and the value of collaboration.

Completing the line-up of speakers will be the headline sponsors of the event, Marca Corona, which will provide the audience with an in-depth industry insight and will be available to answer questions after.

Agenda for the evening:

6.00 p.m. – Event starts on the 6th floor terrace and lounge  at the King Street Townhouse
6.30 p.m. – Welcome speech courtesy of Hotel Designs editor, Hamish Kilburn
6.45 p.m. – Headline speech courtesy of Fiona Thompson, Principal of Richmond International
7.00 p.m. – Insights from event Headline Partner, Marca Corona
7.15 p.m. – Canapés are served
9.30 p.m. – Event finishes

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to meet the top hoteliers and interior designers, contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or on j.lane@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

The Hotel Designs summer Meet Up is completely free for hoteliers, interior designers and architects; click here to confirm your attendance.

Meet Up North: Limited spaces available

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Manchester’s King Street Townhouse will be the stage of the inaugural Meet Up North…

Taking place in Manchester’s King Street Townhouse on July 19, the inaugural Meet Up North has very limited spaces available for suppliers, architects, hoteliers and designers. Launched with the aim to bridge the gap between all markets in our industry, the exclusive networking concept of Meet Up has traditionally been held in London, and will this summer be brought up North for the first time.

Sponsored by Mara Corona, which produces some of Italy’s finest ceramics, the event is an opportunity for the industry to gather and discuss key topics. “We have designed Meet Up North around the busy working lives of all professionals working in our industry,” explains Hamish Kilburn, editor of Hotel Designs, ahead of the event. “Networking is a long-term investment in both your personal and professional life. Meet Up North a chance for all sectors of our industry to come together, network and discuss key challenges and topics in the hope of finding creative solutions.”

Meet Up North will commence with an official welcome from Kilburn, who will briefly talk about the history of Meet Up, it’s purpose and why this year it’s being brought up to Manchester.

Following this will be the award-winning Principal of Richmond International Fiona Thompson, who will speak the audience about past projects, future predictions and the significance of worthy collaborations.

Completing the line-up of speakers will be the headline sponsor of the event, Marca Corona, which will provide the audience with an in-depth industry insight and will be available to answer questions after.

The evening will then naturally continue with all the ingredients for a successful networking recipe. Canapés and complimentary drinks will be served on the balcony of one of Manchester’s most talked about hotels.

How to confirm your place

If you are a hotelier, architect, designer or supplier and would like to also benefit from the event, there are very limited spaces available.

If you are a supplier, click here to book your place.

If you are hotelier, interior designer or architect, click here to secure your place.

Main image credit: Eclectic Hotels

 

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Meet Up North: One month to go!

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This time next month, hoteliers, designers, architects and suppliers will gather at Kings Street Townhouse hotel in Manchester for the inaugural Meet Up North

Taking the successful ‘meet up’ networking concept up North for the first ever, Hotel Designs will next month host Meet Up North, a social event that aims to bridge the gap between designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers alike.

The venue

Meet Up North will take place in one of Manchester’s finest hotels, Kings Street Townhouse, which The Telegraph recently described as,”the antithesis to a chain hotel,” comparing the experience of staying there similar to “staying with a rich friend who has extremely good taste.” The hotel is situated in an Italian Renaissance-style former bank dating from 1872, on a quiet side street within central Manchester’s historic Upper King Street Conservation Area. AEW Archtiects, whose directors will attend the event, was engaged in the design and transformation of the hotel, and completed the project in February 2016.

The agenda

The evening will commence with an official welcome from the newly appointed editor, Hamish Kilburn, who will briefly talk about the history of Meet Up, it’s purpose and why this year it’s being taken outside of London.

The mic will then be handed over to the award-winning Principal of Richmond International Fiona Thompson. The celebrated visionary designer will speak the the audience about past projects, future predictions and the significance of worthy collaborations. “Only through a thoughtful collaborative process, which acknowledges individual skills, talents and perspectives, can a project be successfully completed,” Fiona said ahead of the event. “Richmond International is extremely excited to take part in Meet Up North, an event which honours the significance of professional collaboration, and in turn reflect on the successful partnerships Richmond International has had the pleasure of being part of over the past 51 years.”

Completing the line-up of speakers will be the headline sponsors of the event, Marca Corona. The Italian ceramic tile specialists will provide the audience with an in-depth industry insight and will be available to answer questions after.

How to get involved

The evening will then continue with all the ingredients for a successful networking recipe. Canapés and complimentary drinks will be served on the balcony of Manchester’s most talked about hotel in 2017 and 2018.

If you are a hotelier, architect, designer or supplier and would like to also benefit from the event, there are very limited available. Please head over to the website where you can secure your place.

 

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Trivago gives UK travel trends insight at this year’s Hotel Summit

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Taking the keynote address at this year’s Hotel Summit, Trivago gave delegates an in-depth insight on travel trends in London and the South West…

Speaking at the event, regional industry manager for Trivago Aly Thompson gave the address. She stated that of all the Trivago traffic searching for destinations in London, 57 per cent comes from off-shore, while in the South West international visitors only accounts for 7 per cent traffic.

Thompson shared the top ten international markets for visitors coming to Greater London and compared this with visitors coming to the South West. See below:

Graph to show top ten international makets for people coming to Greater London

Top ten international markets for visitors coming to South West

In regards to the type of guests, 44 per cent of people visiting London are business/weekday travellers, 47 per cent are weekend travellers while only nine per cent are holiday travellers. In the South West on the other hand, 39 per cent are business/weekday travellers, 56 per cent are weekend travellers and only five per cent are holiday travellers.

“The great thing about booking behaviour shifting to online is the vast amount of data that is left behind,” said Thompson. “Hoteliers should be turning their attention to seeking such data to inform more efficient marketing and pricing strategies.”

The session also explained how hoteliers can take action in order to capture guests based on where they come and what type of traveller they are, while it also compared the difference in the average clicked price between London and the South West in both summer and winter months.

For more information on wider travel trends from Trivago, click here to request.

Hotel Summit becomes another sell-out event

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With less than a month to go until the 20th anniversary of Hotel Summit, we are pleased to announce that it will be another sell-out event…

The Hotel Summit will take place on June 4 to 5, 2018, at the Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted.

Headline partner –
Simba Sleep Limited

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

Silver partners –
CrosswaterBirchall TeaDelabieJames AlexanderHeritage BathroomsTarkett FlooringADI Trading, Sue Whimster, Cassellie LTD, Viridor, Simon Jersey, 7 Formation, Dr Cost, Wanzl and Airwave.

Drinks reception partner –
Trviago

Over the course of the two days, attendees can enjoy interactive seminars and networking opportunities, while taking part in one-to-one business meetings.

If you are a hotelier and would like to attend the 20th anniversary of the Hotel Summit there are still limited spaces available on first serve basis.

For more information and what to expect from the two-day event click here

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Avvio announces world’s first AI-powered booking engine

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Leading hotel technology provider, Avvio has announced the launch of Allora, the world’s first booking engine powered by artificial intelligence (AI).

Allora is the world’s first booking engine to use artificial intelligence to learn from every online interaction. The first of the next generation of booking engines for hotels and accommodation providers, it focuses on driving direct booking and guest loyalty by orchestrating better online interactions between hotels and guests.

Built over 18 months by Avvio’s expert team of developers, Allora uses Learning Models to analyse large volumes of data and identify which variations will yield the best booking engine configuration.
In an era of exponential data, hotels sit on large tranches of information that they typically do not have the manpower to crunch. Allora does this for them, whilst building on intelligence from Avvio’s network of hotels and accommodation providers across Europe and North America. This means that each property can learn from similar properties to improve their performance much more quickly than if they were to rely solely on their own data.

Frank Reeves, Co-founder and CEO of Avvio, explains: “Hotels can benefit from Networked Intelligence. With bigger data you unearth better patterns quicker, and rapid feedback leads to greater innovation. It enables each hotel to build on insights from across our network and drive precision with their own data. This boosts direct bookings and delivers a more personalised online service that reflects the exquisite experience hotel staff give to guests in-house.”

With Avvio’s proprietary technology, Allora uses learned customer behaviour to create a unique conversation between the hotel and the guest by leveraging AI at the right moment, optimising and personalising their journey. Its sophisticated Recommender Engine moves the booking journey away from the one-size-fits-all model of today by making it dynamic, relevant and tailored to each shopper’s needs and interests. This way, shoppers find what they’re looking for faster and will likely feel a stronger emotional connection with the hotel, increasing their incentive to book direct.

Frank continues: “Ultimately Allora is more than a booking engine, it’s a conversation platform, which is genuinely trying to curate a more refined and more appropriate experience for each website visitor. That may be a conversation about loyalty, a booking or an upsell. We can’t continue to provide all customers with the same conversation.”

Allora will do this by tracking and analysing data across hundreds of properties, based on geography, guest history, booking preferences, interactions on site, conversions and more. Working with any hotel’s existing property management system on a ‘plug and play’ basis, the platform will then curate relevant options based on demonstrated guest behaviour and optimise the booking journey to guide shoppers to book direct with as high a booking value as possible. Always in conversation, Allora learns and evolves with every interaction to deliver the best possible results.

Guest Blog: ‘Hotels are missing vital marketing messages’

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A guest blog from Professor Stuart Barnes on the importance of marketing for hoteliers…

Hotels are losing customers because they aren’t using the most effective marketing messages for their ratings, reveals new research from King’s Business School. The researchers have created a model that exposes the truth about hotel performance using text from online customer reviews on websites such as TripAdvisor.

Professor Stuart BarnesUsing a big data set of more than a quarter of a million online reviews for more than 25,000 hotels in 16 countries, a total of 19 controllable factors were found to be vital for hotels to manage in their interactions with visitors. These included checking in and out, communication, homeliness, room experience and accommodating pets.

The research further identified the most important dimensions according to the star rating of hotels, with homeliness and events management being important for five-star hotels, while room experience and communication were basic requirements at one-star level.

“However, not all factors are considered by hotels and hotel comparison websites, like homeliness and natural beauty which the research revealed to be important for top-rated hotels and older consumers,” says Professor Stuart Barnes, “and so key marketing messages are being missed that would target the ideal customers. Hotels need to position themselves carefully.”

Clear differences were also found according to demographic segments. For example, men are more sensitive to price than women, while female hotel customers place greater significance on the standard of the bathroom.

The results, recently published in the journal Tourism Management, have clear implications for how hotels effectively market their offerings to different customers.

The application of advanced, mathematical machine learning techniques has provided an important development in marketing as Barnes, in collaboration with Hohai University, used them to develop a new model, which was compared with traditional numerical ratings. The approach provides a potential solution for many businesses seeking to understand the voice of their customers.

Stuart is Professor of Marketing at King’s College London

Brexit Focus: European hoteliers remain confident in holiday market

Brexit Focus: European hoteliers remain confident in holiday market

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Despite the fact analysts have predicted a decline in travel across Europe from the UK following the Brexit referendum, hoteliers in major European destinations have signalled that the hospitality industry is remaining confident as several cities have seen an increase in hotel room rates in the last year.

Data collected during the summer period and released today by OTA Insight, the leading hotel revenue management solutions provider, reveals that seven out of eight leading holiday cities have seen significant increases in hotel rates since the UK voted to leave the European Union.

In a concerted effort to recover from its financial downturn, Athens has seen the most significant increase in room rates of 20 per cent, followed by Lisbon at 16 per cent. Copenhagen, which frequently tops the recent must-see lists has seen continued growth in tourism and bed nights coupled with an increase in rates on 14 per cent. Madrid came fourth at eight per cent, closely followed by Dubrovnik at seven per cent and the ever popular Madrid and Paris at three per cent. Nice was the only city which saw a decline in rates of one per cent.

Adriaan Coppens, CEO and founder, OTA Insight, said: “There has been a significant increase in hotel rates across Europe at a time when many would expect hoteliers to reduce prices in an effort to Brexit-proof their revenues. It is encouraging to see that there are still high and increasing visitor numbers of destinations across the continent and in turn hoteliers have the confidence to respond to this continued level of demand with an increase in rates. Hotel rates will inevitably decline in some destinations but overall the outlook for revenues is positive.”

Information is based on median best available rate data pulled for 30 June 2016 vs 30 June 2017, from a sample range of 3, 4 and 5 star hotels in Athens, Lisbon, Copenhagen, Madrid, Dubrovnik, Berlin, Paris and Nice for rates from 13 – 21 August 2016 and 12 – 20 August 2017.

Christmas coming early this year with the HD Meet Up

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Embrace the spirit of the holidays a little early this year and join us all at Hotel Designs as we usher in the end of the year with a bang at our next Hotel Designs Meet Up, this year with a Christmas Party theme.

A chance to wine, dine and network with some of the most influential figures in hotels and interior design, the Meet Up will take place at Home House, Portman Square in London on November 8th from 6pm until 10pm. As always, we will be offering the opportunity to make new connections and catch up with old friends among the canapés.

Meet up with professionals in a relaxed environment and sip down some Christmas spirit and look back on a year of uncertainty and change within an ever-moving industry. This marks the third Meet Up from Hotel Designs; an event popular with hoteliers, designers and architects, and offers a unique insight into the heart of the industry.

“Our Meet Ups are all about giving the Hotel Designs audience the opportunity to network and networking as we all know, is such a valuable way to expand your knowledge,” said Hotel Designs Publisher Katy Phillips. “Learn what your peers have been up to in 2017, share and reflect on your own business success from across the year and possibly most important, make new business connections and potentially new lifelong friends!”

“We hope to see you at the event for a festive tipple or two.”

Delegates can book their places here and if you want to find out more information, please contact Jennie Lane at j.lane@forumevents.co.uk or 01992 374098.

Patrick Landman, CEO and Founder of Xotels

Guest Blog: Xotels’ Patrick Landman – Starting your own hotel

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For many people starting their own hotel or bed and breakfast is like a dream. Most are drawn by the charm of hospitality and see it as a chance to start fresh. However opening a hotel, just like any new business, is more difficult than it might seem at first sight.

Especially if you have never worked in the hotel industry you will be faced with many unexpected situations and complications you might not have imagined. The international hotel business is highly competitive and achieving good financial results is not as easy as it seems.

In my experience in dealing with entrepreneurs and investors I have found that there is no shortage of creative ideas for innovative boutique hotel concepts. The challenge however lies more in the strategic and organizational areas of the business.

Where to get started if you want to open your own independent hotel? What kind of hotel should it be? How does location influence my business? How to attract guests? How to control operational costs and run a profitable business? These are all important questions that should be dealt with prior to getting into the business.

It will be extremely important you prepare yourself well, do a lot of research and develop a detailed business plan to ensure success. Unfortunately I still see too many startup hotels fail due to little planning. In my previous articles I already pointed out some common mistakes made in the pre-opening phase of hotels.

In the series of articles, I will be covering various important aspects and steps of how to open your own hotel. Topics I will be covering include:
Innovative Hotel Concepts
Hotel Business Plan
Hotel Market Research
Hotel Feasibility Study

I hope these tips will help fellow entrepreneurs start successful new hotel businesses!

Patrick Landman is the CEO & Founder at Xotels

Brit List

Everything you need to know about Brit List 2017

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Hotel Designs is producing the Brit List 2017, a celebration of the country’s most inspirational and influential hoteliers and designers.

The full Hotel Designs Brit List will be revealed via a glossy print publication this summer, with a party to celebrate the List taking place at Urban Coterie, London on Wednesday July 12th.

We’ve been asking our readers to select who they think should be included in the UK’s top 25 hoteliers and 25 leading design professionals – to nominate those they think are deserving of recognition in both fields. You can also do the same by simply emailing Hotel Designs editor Daniel Fountain via d.fountain@forumevents.co.uk briefly explaining why an individual should be considered for the Brit List. We will follow up with a request for more information at a later date. You can nominate yourself, a peer, a client or even a competitor.

The Hotel Designs Brit List glossy publication will feature profiles of all 50 winners. There are a limited number of advertising and sponsorship opportunities available for this prestigious and influential publication – for more details contact Jennie Lane on j.lane@forumevents.co.uk, or call 01992 374098.