The Independent Hotel Show, presented by James Hallam Hospitality & Leisure, which took place on 18 & 19 October at Olympia, has announced a 12% increase in visitor numbers this year, and the busiest first day ever. Over 6,300 of the UK’s independent hoteliers networked with peers, negotiated new deals with 300 premium suppliers and attended topical seminars which highlighted the opportunities the industry is presented with today.
Breaking records elsewhere at the show, almost 4,000 votes were cast in the annual Independent Hotel Show Awards in association with Sky. The awards for Independent Hotelier and Outstanding New Hotel were bestowed upon Kate Levin, general manager, The Capital and The Laslett respectively.
Highlighting the show’s stellar reputation as a dynamic and innovative business event for the sector, a selection of exhibitors chose the platform to launch new products or services to the captive market of independent and boutique hoteliers.
Miranda Martin, show director commented on the show’s success: ‘We are absolutely thrilled with this year’s Independent Hotel Show. It has surpassed itself with record attendees, voting numbers and 61% of exhibitors already committed to returning in 2017. For two days, there was an audible buzz in the air with the negotiation of business deals and passionate discussions about the industry, set against a dynamic backdrop of product and service providers dedicated to the development of independent hotels today. We are already looking forward to bringing together even more thought leaders, experts and quality suppliers on 17 and 18 October next year.”