The AHC is created for independent hoteliers across the UK. With that in mind, we'd like to share some thoughts on the hospitality industry and The AHC from leading independent hotelier, Tim Rumney.
|Q1. Briefly explain your role TR: I am Managing Director of two hotels – The Castle Green Hotel in Kendal and the Best Western Plus Pinewood on Wilmslow. I am also Deputy Chairman of Interchange and Consort Hotels that operate the Best Western brand in Great Britain. Both hotels are independently owned and I split my time between the two properties and my ICH role whilst looking for ways to further develop our hotel business. |
Q2. What is your view of the UK hotel industry at the moment?
TR: I think that we are facing a testing time in the UK hotel industry. Whilst the leisure and corporate sector have improved significantly over the last couple of years the recovery in the conference and banqueting sectors is still very fragile. The budget hotel sector is developing its offering and independent hoteliers must be innovative and focus on quality to compete against the big brands. I think the wider economy is slowing and there are many pressures on cost within our industry.
Q3. What are the current challenges within the hospitality industry that you are facing? TR: Commissions and wage cost continue to be huge challenges. The increase in market share from the OTA’s and other on-line intermediaries adds significant cost into the business and the introduction of the National Living Wage has created an unhelpful increase in payroll which is due to rise further. Recruitment continues to be difficult particularly for chefs and management positions. The impact of the December floods and associated media coverage has hit demand for our Kendal property and other hotels in the Lake District.
Q4. Have you attended The AHC previously? TR: I have attended The AHC many times over the last 12 years and have always found it to be an excellent event.
Q5. If yes, what are the key benefits of attending for you, as an independent hotel operator? TR: Industry speakers – the conference provides the very best in workshops and experts from the hospitality industry as well as excellent keynote speakers.
Variety of forums and subjects – there are always a wide variety of topics on the agenda that are presented in diverse and interesting formats.
Networking – The delegate list is a who’s who of the hospitality industry with attendees coming from around the country and from a wide-ranging variety of sectors.
Q6. Why do you think The AHC is a successful event? TR: It is very focussed and dedicated to the key themes and current issues in the industry. It provides a fantastic opportunity for independent operators to access information that will help them run their businesses more effectively.
The AHC 2016.