The Hotel Summit 2014

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    The Hotel Summit 2014, was held on the 12 – 13 May at Heythrop Park Resort, Oxfordshire, and is an annual event for Procurement professionals and hoteliers to source, sell, network and understand the trends that will determine the future of the hospitality industry. The event saw over 60 delegates and 30 suppliers visiting and exhibiting culminating in over 750 arranged meetings over the course of an intense 36 hours.The Forum’s proven format of pre-matched meetings is beneficial to all parties by exclusively targeting only the most qualified buyers and bringing them together with suppliers who are pertinent to their needs. The event focuses on productive one-to-one appointments and multiple networking opportunities throughout the day and a half to build valuable business relationships.

    Alongside the face-to-face meetings, delegates had the opportunity to remain fully informed on the most critical issues and legislations facing today’s hotel, leisure and venue professionals and advancing their career by attending our series of fully comprehensive seminars covering topics that were pertinent to their role.

    This year’s Hotel Summit was opened with a presentation by Lee Jamieson from Hotel Industry, who discussed “Positioning for success in 2014”.

    Further seminars throughout the event featured excellent and well know speakers, including Andrew Porter from Spingate Consulting, with a presentation entitled “Getting the right facilities to support services to let your guests enjoy their stay”.

    Adam Hamadache from Wow Guest Group, hosted a seminar on “The Wowing guests to drive more direct bookings” plus the ever popular Patrick Goff from Hotel Designs who spoke about “Redefining Luxury”. Finally, Jane Schofield from La Tour Hotel, held a seminar on “Living La Tour: developing a new company culture from day one” and Melvin Gold from Melvin Gold Consulting discussed “The UK Industry – Structurally changing”.

    Just some of the delegate companies which attended this year included professionals from AmaZing Venues, Bicester Hotel Golf & Spa, Bulgari Hotel and Residences, Crown Plaza/Heythrop park, De Vere/Heythrop Park Grange Hotels, Inspired Generation, Lancaster Court Hotel, Newbury manor Hotel, Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel, Practical Choice Partnership, Regency Court, Riverview Lodge, The Manor House, The Pillar Hotel, The Z Hotel Victoria, University of Oxford, Whittlebury Hall Hotel & Spa…plus many more well known names.

    For further information or to book your place for the 2015 Summit please contact Sharron Fothergill on 01992 374100 or email

    Daniel Fountain / 15.05.2014

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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