Now in its eighth year, the Independent Hotel Show is checking in to Olympia London on 15 and 16 October where it will deliver inspiration and insight to the luxury and boutique hotel community.
The key hospitality sector business event, presented by James Hallam Insurance Brokers, will bring together more than 6,500 hotel and B&B owners, general managers and heads of department, where they can explore a myriad of creative solutions to help them transform the guest experience and network with likeminded hospitality professionals. More than 350 suppliers including high-end designers and technology innovators will showcase new products and services that share the aim of helping businesses flourish within today’s creative and compelling hospitality industry.
The rise of sustainable luxury brings the necessity for B&Bs to take a whole new approach to the delivery of quality hospitality. With that in mind, consciousness is one of this year’s themes, as The Conscious Bedroom, powered by Criton, is set for creation.
“Combining luxury interior design and environmentally conscious solutions, The Conscious Bedroom, designed by London design studio Harris & Harris, will give forward-thinking hoteliers a view of how to balance guest experience with sustainable choices,” according to the event organisers. “An overarching ethos of wellbeing in hospitality has been carefully considered in each aspect of the installation. In addition, to provide insight into today’s consumers’ attitudes to conscious travel, a report revealing the results of a detailed consumer survey will be available at the show.”
Software provider Giftpro meanwhile will present products that reflect its balance of luxury, individuality and environmental consciousness. As the only company of its kind to offset all of its web hosting, packaging and transport emissions with carbon credits, Giftpro provides innovative gift voucher management tools.
This year award-winning supplier Abahna – The Ceremony of Bathing will be launching a collection of hotel amenities taking inspiration from the exotic bathing ceremonies and spas of India and the Far East. Embodying traditional Scottish design with a creative twist, Clock House Furniture will showcase bespoke pieces from a team of skilled craftsmen making the largest range of Antler furniture in Europe.
Among the design products being exhibited at this year’s show, The Headboard Workshop has been working behind the scenes to create a unique display of the exclusive Emperor Headboard. The bespoke headboard, to be unveiled at the show, will emanate an entirely original design of which only one is available and on offer for you to win. All guests visiting The Headboard Workshop’s stand will have the opportunity to register to win the piece as an exclusive feature for one of their own bedrooms.
The Independent Hotel Show will host its own prestigious awards, with three accolades announced at the show – the Independent Hotelier, the Hotel Innovation award and the GM of the Future, supported by the Master Innholders.
Enlightening discussions on pertinent topics, from wellness to design and food and beverage, are set to be held on the Innovation Stage, in partnership with eviivo and designed by House of Sloane, and the Hotel Vision Stage, in partnership with Quality in Tourism and designed by Graham and Green. Meanwhile hoteliers can engage in more intimate, insightful campfire sessions in the Social Business Space, powered by Good Energy and designed by Julian Chichester.
Connections can be made and strengthened within the show’s many social spaces. The Lobby, presented by bidroom and designed by Dome Deco, provides a relaxed space to pause and catch up with industry friends, while The Suite, hosted by Samsung and designed by Two’s Company Interior Design, offers an exclusive space for the Independent Hotel Show Members Club and their guests to enjoy.
Those looking for further interior design inspiration will be spoilt for choice. As design partner to the Innovation Stage, House of Sloane is planning to fulfil the brief of ‘modern eclecticism meets maximalist glamour’ by kitting the stage out with bold hues, luxurious velvets, a dash of animal print and eclectic accessories, while striking designs from the show’s wallpaper partner Susi Bellamy will adorn the walls around the show.