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The Independent Hotel Show bounces back

The 11th edition of the Independent Hotel Show took place in mid October at London Olympia’s National Hall – yet another example of an event that has bounced back to its former pre-covid status.

Aimed at the boutique hotelier market, the show presented a curated collection of over 200 innovative product and service providers from across the hotel supply chain.

Visually well presented with stands filling both the lower and upper tiers of the venue which benefitted from the natural light this arena provides. For this edition there was a good delineation of the Technology providers area from hospitality service providers/furnishing companies which had been lacking in previous years.

Five Commercial Interiors UK member companies were among the 200 exhibiting companies at the event.

Burgess Furniture was one of the few companies displaying exciting new ranges of hospitality furniture.

It was also a pleasure to see Jeremy Burgess, Managing Director, present on the stand, shown here with Sue Graves, CIUK Head of International Business Development.

Hypnos Contract Beds showcased its Ashbourne mattress and Manhattan sofa bed .

Designed specifically for the hospitality sector, the Ashbourne is Hypnos’ very first natural hospitality mattress which offers a more natural sleep solution and unrivalled sleep experience.

Taylors Classics showcased the variety of ranges of traditional and modern furniture they supply to pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels and cafes worldwide.

Sealy showcased their premium range of mattresses, including products from their brand new Sealy Posturepedic Hospitality collection.

Silentnight Group exhibited brands to show that their expertise and scientifically proven products provide the right sleep solution for every hospitality experience.

Seminar Programme: The show curated over 30 seminar sessions covering topics from Designing for Wellbeing to Sensory-centric Creation.

Each year, the Independent Hotel Show brings together a select group of hoteliers to explore the state of the industry at an inspiring breakfast session. Mailika Basu, founder of Basu Consulting spoke at this years Power Breakfast. The session focused on navigating culture and diversity in the independent hotel sector covering the context of the world we live in, insights, watchouts, and practical advice on how to be culturally relevant, sensitive, diverse, and inclusive.

Design insider’s Alys Bryan hosted an excellent and thought provoking panel session on Sensory-Centric creation: Designing Beyond the Visual.

This intensely engaging panel session centred around the profound impact that sensory elements have on the guest experience. The amazing panel of Moritz Waldemeyer, Owner of WALDEMEYER (left) , Ryan Thompson, General Manager of FortySeven (centre) and Rob Wood, creative Director of Music Concierge (right) gave the packed audience a fascinating and insightful discussion about ways to ways to create an environment to elevate guest experience.

The Independent Hotel Show will return to Olympia London on 15-16 October 2024.

Click here to view our media partner Design Insider's trend report through the discerning lens of Design Insider Managing Editor, Alys Bryan.