London

6 February 2020 | Conrad St. James

Event schedule

Join us for a day full of networking!

09:00 – 09:30 AM
Welcome Reception

at the Foyer

09:30 – 09:40 AM
Welcome Words

 at Whitehall 1+2

Beverly Payne

Beverly Payne

General Manager

Conrad St. James

09:40 – 10:00 AM

Keynote Presentation

How well-connected are you?

We all know how important networking is for our careers, business development and creating opportunities but just how well connected are you? This fast paced and interactive workshop will look at the quality of your connections as well as how to build and maintain your key contacts. Contacts without a relationship are just contacts and not much can be done with these. But brilliant networkers have relationships, care about these relationships and see networking in a far broader context. This means creating amazing results. Come prepared to get stuck in and take your networking up a notch!

 

 Heather White

Heather White

CEO

Smarter Networking

10:00 – 10:20 AM
Change Table Session 1

 

10:20 – 10:40 AM
Change Table Session 2

 

10:40 – 11:10 PM

Panels Discussion

What’s next for the UK hotel industry?

 It’s official. As of January 31, 2020, the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement kicks in and the UK is no longer part of the European Union.

However, all sectors of the hospitality industry currently have more questions than answers. How will Brexit affect new hotel constructions, investments and developments? Given how heavily UK hospitality depends on European talent, what is the future for hotel professionals based in the country — and how will new recruitment be affected?

How will tourism trends change and what new pattens may emerge? As importantly, amid the climate of impending doom and gloom, are there any silver linings — or even opportunities — that hotel professionals should be aware of?

Join our esteemed panel of experts as they discuss the aftermath of Brexit on the UK hotel industry.

James Chappell

James Chappell

Global Business Director

Horwath HTL

Simon Mallinson

Simon Mallinson

Executive Managing Director

Real Capital Analytics

Melvin Gold

Melvin Gold

Hotel Industry Consultant

Melvin Gold Consulting

Ali Borhani

Ali Borhani

Managing Director

3Sixty Strategic Advisors

11:10 – 11:30 AM
Change Table Session 3

 

11:30 – 11:50 AM
Coffee Break with Supplier Showcase

at the Foyer

11:50 – 12:10 AM
Change Table Session 4

 

12:10 – 12:40 AM

Keynote Presentation

Hotel Development Europe

 TOPHOTELPROJECTS‘ CEO Rolf W. Schmidt will present the latest facts and figures about the current hotel construction pipeline in Europe. He will also present some masterpiece projects which are currently under construction. Besides a general outlook for the hotel market in the Europe, Rolf will give tips which hot hotel brands are worth keeping an eye on.

Rolf W. Schmidt

Rolf W. Schmidt

Founder & CEO

TOPHOTELPROJECTS

12:40 – 01:00 PM
Change Table Session 5

 

01:00 – 02:00 PM
Lunch

at the Foyer

02:00 – 02:10 PM
Afternoon Intro

at Whitehall 1+2

 Heather White

Heather White

CEO

Smarter Networking

02:10 – 02:30 PM
Change Table Session 6

 

02:30 – 02:40 PM

Creative Spark

Nordelaia

Nordelaia is a new independent boutique hotel located in the hills of Alessandria—the Piedmont wine country—between Milan and Genoa. The property is an agriturismo estate consisting of 5 hectares of land, newly planted with vines that will produce the hotel’s own wine.

Our studio has transformed the existing farmhouse, turning it into a unique twelve-bed boutique hotel with reception, lounge areas, games room, and terraces with outdoor pools and an ornamental garden.

Each of the rooms has a distinctive aesthetic, conceptually connected with the historical context and local landscape. The hotel focuses upon a rural-style of wellbeing, and we have designed a private spa for the guests within the vaults of the building, with new glass-fronted relaxation rooms that open up views of the valley.

A modern three-story fine dining restaurant has been built on-site to cater for guests and large events, with two additional apartments upstairs. We have designed this building in a more contemporary style with a chic set of dining spaces that are open to the public as well as private guests.

The restaurant will feature a modern Italian menu and with wines and produce local to the area, plus a chefs garden and exterior dining offering views overlooking the surrounding hills.

The project is due to launch Summer 2020.

Rose Murray

Rose Murray

Director

These White Walls

02:40 – 02:50 PM

Creative Spark

The Westin Hotel & Residences

Dexter Moren Associates are working as architects and interior designers for 4C Hotel Group and Vascroft Construction on this new build development near St Paul’s Cathedral. The hotel will be the first under Marriott’s Westin brand in London.

Nine luxury residential apartments with river-facing views and 222 guestrooms, which include 29 suites, will be housed in a landmark new building. The development also includes a fitness and leisure suite, conference facilities, plus a restaurant and bar with spectacular views over the River Thames.

This complex design will replace a collage of tired buildings with a cohesive piece of architecture spanning both sides of Upper Thames Street. We will also introduce a new walkway along the river as the key element in a scheme connecting Chelsea Embankment with the Tower of London.

Our modern, pared-back interior design scheme draws inspiration from the site’s proximity to the River Thames and is informed by the Westin’s biophilic design ethos and core brand pillars – sleep well, eat well, move well, feel well, play well and work well. In developing the scheme the designer’s intentions were to approach the brands to look and feel from a fresh perspective, creating a hotel that would truly encompass modern elegance. The design is sophisticated and minimal, providing a timeless design, whilst ensuring the guest’s attention can be focused on the river view.

Ed Murray

Ed Murray

Associate

Dexter Moren Associates

02:50 – 03:00 PM

 Creative Spark

Quest Liverpool

We love immersing ourselves in a city‘s individual character to understand how it lives and breathes. This immersion gave us the insights to combine a Liverpoool project with an already established Australian brand. An industrial character was overlayed onto the lighter beach type character of the original Australian brand, to create the first UK Quest. Original artworks on glass were inspired by Liverpool’s‘ „Three Graces“ and George‘s dock (the unicycle is a homage to the balancing act of business travel), the corridor carpet is made to look like the Liverpool train tracks and never cliche; iPhone gramophones are used to represent the musical heritage of Liverpool.

The brief was to develop a new Quest Brand standard for the UK market using a small touch of the local character of Liverpool while bearing in mind the need to roll it easily out to other cities without re-designing it each time. To provide a high-quality sophisticated product for £5800 a key.

Materials were kept fresh and crisp similar to the Australian brand but were layered with an industrial element relevant to the urban environment of Liverpool. The strategic and unique placement of paint and artwork allowed for original elevation compositions, giving a bold and unique statement in a limited budget project.

We used Interface carpet tiles who have a mission Climate Take Back. All of the carpet special ed is carbon neutral – meaning that through the mooring choice, no additional CO2 emissions were going into the atmosphere. Additionally, ranges were selected with high total levels of recycled content (Human Connections – 60%, Works 45%, Human Nature 56%. The carpet ranges also incorporated ECONYL yarn that is 100% sourced from post-consumer and post-industrial sources, and supports the Net-Works project that tackles the issue of waste fishing nets in SE Asia and Africa.

Shelley Reiner

Shelley Reiner

Director

Suited Interior Design

03:00 – 03:20 PM
Change Table Session 7

 

03:20 – 03:40 PM
Coffee Break with Supplier Showcase

at the Foyer

03:40 – 04:10 PM

Keynote Presentation

Experience Design in Hospitality

What do you see when you open your eyes? Do you think you see the world as it really is? Do you see reality? It’s a very simple question, with a surprising answer!

What role does emotion and perception play in creating and experiencing design?

When you understand how creativity and innovation happens and how it changes how other people think, you have in your hand the most powerful tool known to man.

Creative thinking and innovation are the engines of change. They change how we think, how we feel and how we behave. They change our beliefs, our environment, our communities, and our world view. So, what exactly is it and how can we use it?

To understand Experience Design we must first understand the difference between information, sensing, assumptions, uncertainty, and perception and then we must understand emotion.

This talk will look into how designers and creative thinkers use experience, emotion and an understanding of how creative thinking happens in order to change how people feel and how to create Experience Design.

Charles Leon

Charles Leon

Director

Leon Black

04:10 – 04:30 PM
Change Table Session 8

 

04:30 – 04:45 PM

Creative Spark

Winner Announcement

 

04:45 – 06:45 PM
Drinks Reception

at the Emmeline’s Lounge