And just as the humble hermit crab moves into ever larger shells as they grow, so do hotel conferences that promise you will Learn, Network and Be Inspired. That’s right folks, we’re on the move but fear not, no passports – EU or non-EU required – we’re only going about 400 metres to our new home for 2020, the Manchester Central Convention Complex.
The AHC 2019 Unlocks the Potential and Reaches Highest Audience in its History
Over 1,000 delegates gathered in Manchester last week for the Annual Hotel Conference (AHC), the highest audience the event has enjoyed in its 16 year history.
Responding to delegate demand, the event extended and expanded with 28% more speakers than last year, 65% of these were new to The AHC stage and one third were female, 14 hours of content and networking opportunities, a dedicated event for those attending for the first time and an exclusive dinner for hoteliers.
STR on Brexit, Supply and Occupancy Decline
24th September 2019
Thomas Emanuel is a Director at STR. Based in London, he leads a team focused on driving business with industry partners. Throughout his time with STR, Thomas has worked extensively with hotels, investors, developers, consultants, banks, governments, destination management companies and many others. Thomas has been a guest lecturer at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne and participated in the OECD's high-level meetings on tourism policies. Thomas has worked in over 45 countries across 6 continents and regularly speaks at major hospitality conferences. He is frequently interviewed for his insights on the industry by outlets including CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC, and various tourism and hospitality publications. With such an impressive C.V. it felt remiss of us not to put aside some time to catch up with Thomas in advance of our happy gathering next month. Read on dear reader, read on.
AHC Regional Roundtable: Scotland
19th September 2019
The final stop on our successful series of regional roundtables was sunny Glasgow to hear from hoteliers, developers, lenders, investment agencies, marketers, technologists, designers and advisors working across the Scottish hospitality industry.
Food, Glorious Food at The AHC
18th September 2019
The number of vegans in the UK is set to skyrocket by 327 percent by 2020, according to a new survey by finder.com and with the environmental, health and ethical benefits of veganism beyond doubt, we are keen to ensure all dietary choices, including veganism, are supported during The AHC 2019.
The AHC in conversation with - Michael Grove, HotStats
5th September 2019
With less than two months until Manchester is abounding with the great and the good from across the UK hospitality industry, we took some time to catch up with Michael Grove, Managing Director EMEA - HotStats, the global benchmarking providers, to talk about the importance of understanding profit as a key element in operational decision making and why, in these times of Alexa, Tinder and Trello, we need to bother getting dressed up for conferences.
#TuesdayMotivation from The AHC
3 September 2019
To help energise your Tuesday and start of a new month, we’ve got a little riddle for you.
HEAR FROM HOTELIERS: THE AHC IS ...
13 August 2019
As refreshing, uplifting and, dare we suggest, humorous, as our marketing emails are, we thought you might appreciate some wise words from others to compliment the message that you really should consider a mini-break to Manchester this October.
THE AHC - THE LEADING EVENT FOR THE UK HOTEL INDUSTRY
29th July 2019
We really do understand that as a hotelier it’s hard to justify time away from the business and rationalise the cost of conference attendance. We’d like to share what we are doing to help with this …
AHC Programme Spotlight: Development and Construction
In advance of The AHC this October, we spoke to David Curtis-Brignell, Deputy Chief Executive, Visit Kent and Gavin Cleary, CEO, Locate in Kent. Both are huge advocates of Kent as a vibrant leisure destination and prosperous business centre and are taking active steps to ensure this message is spread far and wide.
Optimisation, Automation and The Customer Journey
Robert Holland is Managing Director UK & Ireland, HotelPartner Yield Management. As you know, we’re always keen for a cup of tea and natter about the world of hospitality and Robert kindly obliged. He also threw in some words of wisdom on the benefits of attending a happy gathering such as one you might find in Manchester around the 9/10th October and the importance of owning the customer. Read on, dear reader, read on.
OH I DO LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE, OH I DO LIKE TO BE AT THE AHC
9th July 2019
- Suncream ✓
- Swimmers ✓
- Towel ✓
- Passport ✓
- AHC Ticket ✓
Before you head off to the sunshine, sangria and sweltering heat, why not book your ticket to The AHC?
The Great Hotel Bike Ride 2019
3 July 2019
We are delighted to announce that entries are now open for the fifth edition of the Great Hotel Bike ride and can't wait to get back on the road with all of you!
LOOK WHO'S COMING TO THE AHC 2019
27th June 2019
Don’t miss out on meeting the huge range of UK hospitality professionals who are already committed to attending The AHC 2019. This year’s theme of 'Unlock The Potential' has ensured we up our game once again and deliver increased networking, exhibition and programme content.
AHC SPEAKER INTERVIEW:
SIMON FRENCH, CHIEF ECONOMIST, PANMURE GORDON
18th June 2019
Simon French is the Chief Economist at the UK merchant bank, Panmure Gordon & Company. He is a Top-5 ranked economist in the City’s Extel rankings and writes a monthly column for The Times newspaper. Prior to joining Panmure Gordon, he was a Senior Civil Servant, latterly at the Cabinet Office as Chief of Staff to the UK Government’s Chief Operating Officer.
He embraces early mornings, plays cricket in his downtime and is perfectly happy to natter to cheery conference organisers. So, we sat down with Simon in an attempt to put the (hospitality) world to rights …
THE AHC CATCHES UP WITH MERILEE KARR, CEO - UNDERTHEDOORMAT
4th June 2019
With a potential market size of £3.5bn in London alone, the home accommodation market is firmly part of the hospitality landscape. It will feature on the programme at The AHC this October when founder and CEO of UnderTheDoormat, Merilee Karr, joins a panel session discussing Alternative Accommodation. In advance of the session, we sat down with Merilee and talked about the importance of accreditation throughout the sector and the remarkable pace of growth.
THE AHC REFLECTS ON THE RECENT REGIONAL ROUNDTABLE HELD IN IRELAND
16th May 2019
The second of The AHC Regional Roundtables - Learn | Network | Be Inspired - took place this week continuing our series of conversations throughout the UK and Ireland to truly understand the opportunities, challenges, trends and concerns of those operating within the hotel industry. The event was kindly hosted by Tifco Hotel Group in the Crowne Plaza Dublin – Blanchardstown. With the conference theme for this year of "Unlock The Potential" ringing loud in our ears, we settled down to a highly engaging, active and insightful meeting.
THE AHC CATCHES UP WITH STEPHEN HARGREAVES, CEO - CRANLEIGH BOUTIQUE BRAND
3rd May 2019
Stephen Hargreaves, CEO and creator of the Cranleigh Boutique brand chats with Emily Newman, Communication Manager for The AHC ahead of the 2019 event. If you are a fellow hotel operator, you are likely to be eligible for the Hotelier Rate of £250.00 plus VAT to attend The AHC on the 9-10th October 2019. This rate is available to owners of up to ten self-operated properties. Please email email@example.com with details of your properties to request this rate.
THE AHC IS FOR LIFE, NOT JUST OCTOBER
9th April 2019
As glorious as our happy gathering in October is, there are many ways and means to further engage with the leading conference for the UK hotel industry beyond the 9-10th October in Manchester. Below are just some of the ways you can enhance your experience with The AHC. So, what are you waiting for? Unlock The Potential and start to Learn | Network | Be Inspired.
The AHC Regional Roundtable - North West
28th March 2019
The first of The AHC Regional Roundtables - Learn | Network | Be Inspired took place earlier this month in what will develop into a series of conversations throughout the provinces to truly understand the opportunities, challenges, trends and concerns for those operating within the UK hotel industry.
BE THE FIRST TO KNOW: AN EARLY PREVIEW OF THE AHC 2019
6th March 2019
You're Invited... To Unlock The Potential at The AHC
With only a handful of Early Bird tickets remaining, let us remind you why you should take advantage today...
AHC TICKET SALES REFLECT BUOYANCY OF UK HOTEL INDUSTRY
11th February 2019
According to data recently released by Savills, hotel investment into the Northern region of the UK totalled £1.11bn in 2018. All UK hotel transactions for 2018 represented £6.6bn of investment meaning the North, including Greater Manchester, accounted for almost one-fifth of the total. The AHC is purposely hosted outside London which affords an accurate and representative view of the whole of the UK. There is clearly a strong appetite for investment in the UK hotel market. The AHC provides a forum for those who seek to gain more knowledge in this area and network with those who have similar interests.
ISN’T IT TIME WE STARTED THINKING DIFFERENTLY ABOUT EQUAL PAY ACROSS ALL AGE GROUPS?
19th February 2019
Adam Rowledge, General Manager at Georgian House Hotel and champion of The AHC argues the importance of equal pay for all ages if we are to continue to attract young people to join the hospitality industry. An interesting piece providing much food for thought.
REGISTRATION FOR THE AHC IS NOW OPEN - UNLOCK THE POTENTIAL
30th January 2019
Registration for The AHC 2019 is now open. Click here to secure your place at the leading event for the UK hotel industry. Registration opens with our Early Bird delegate rate but this is limited to 200 tickets so please do book early.
REVENUE MANAGEMENT AND THE CONNECTED CUSTOMER - 12TH FEBRUARY 2019, LONDON
31st January 2019
Register now for ‘Revenue Management and the Connected Customer', now established as Europe’s leading revenue management conference. The day will provide a unique opportunity to join the thought leaders and innovators spearheading change within the industry to listen, debate and network as we discuss how customer's increasing demands for personalisation, immediacy and instant gratification will shape revenue management strategies in 2019.
A LOOK INSIDE THE AHC 2019 ADVISORY BOARD MEETING
25 January 2019
The AHC 2019 Advisory Board took place earlier this week, generously hosted by the Bankside Hotel, an Autograph Collection hotel. The advisory board meeting serves to garner insight into the most pressing issues facing the industry at present which we, in turn, use to build the conference programme ensuring it includes the most relevant topics and discussions for those attending The AHC.
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE AHC TEAM!
10th January 2019
Ah, January, here you are again.... to help you through this dreary month and guide you to cheerier thoughts, please pop the 9th and 10th October in your diaries for The AHC 2019 and stay tuned as we’ll be opening registration next month.
SEE YOUR BRAND IN LIGHTS AT THE AHC 2019
4th December 2018
Entering into its 16th year The Annual Hotel Conference (The AHC) is the leading conference for the UK hotel industry, bringing together over 950+ attendees from across the entire sector.
Becoming a Sponsor of The AHC gives you unrivalled access to top hoteliers, owners, operators and managers as well as investors, developers, designers, architects, consultants, tourism leaders and regional tourist boards.
JOIN US FOR THE AHC 2019 AT THE HILTON MANCHESTER DEANSGATE ON 9TH & 10TH OCTOBER 2019
12th November 2018
Over 950 delegates gathered at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate on 10th and 11th October to Learn, Network and Be Inspired at The AHC 2018, the 15th event in the series. With planning for 2019 in full swing, we invite you to save the date for the leading event for the UK hotel industry.
15TH EDITION OF THE AHC 2018 A SELL OUT SUCCESS - DON'T MISS OUT ON BEING PART OF 2019
1st November 2018
With the doors now closed on the 15th edition of The Annual Hotel Conference (The AHC), planning is now in full flow for 2019. Dates, venue and location will be confirmed in the forthcoming weeks and with this in mind we wanted to share some of the 2018 success stories with you and ensure you don't miss out on being part of The AHC 2019...