UK hotel conference breaks record for attendance

Questex’s Annual Hotel Conference (AHC) took place from 9-10 October, with a record-breaking attendance.

Over 1,000 people attended the event, which collected hotel owners and operators for two days of networking and learning.

It featured 14 mainstage sessions presented by key industry figures, including senior leaders from Booking.com, OYO, Starwood Capital, STR, IHG, Marriott International, Deliveroo, Expedia, Accor, UKHospitality, and CBRE Hotels.

The conference addressed everyday operations, such as channel and revenue management and social media, as well as strategic topics such as the investment and funding climate.

The conference heard from Kate Nicholls at UKHospitality that the government now sees the industry as a bellwether for the economy as a whole, and there was confidence amongst operators – of both branded and independent hotels – that there is still a strong demand for travel.

Ravi Kathuria, CEO of Talash Hotels Group, announced during an interview that the group was bringing a portfolio of nine hotels to the market with a guide price in excess of £29.5m.

Alexi Khajavi, Managing Director EMEA & Chair, Questex Hospitality Group (pictured left) said: “We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved with the AHC.

“Reaching the 1,000+ delegate mark is less about the number and more about being the UK’s flagship conference for the UK hospitality sector – which as we’ve heard and seen is extremely important for the broader UK economy.

“The AHC has achieved what so many business forums covet – relevance, discovery and deal making and the fact that we’ve realized this through growth in delegates but more importantly quality of delegates with increasing numbers of hotel investors and owners throughout the UK is even sweeter.”

A highlights video from the event can be viewed above.

Stuart Wood is a news reporter across the Mash Media editorial portfolio. He writes for CMW alongside sister publications Conference News, Exhibition News, Access All Areas and Exhibition World.