AHC 2022 to help industry ‘chart the course’
The programme for AHC 2022 has launched with the aim of guiding delegates through ‘choppy waters’
The Annual Hotel Conference (AHC) will help the industry navigate ‘choppy waters’ caused by inflation, supply chain issues, staffing and other challenges when it returns later this year.
The programme for the event, which takes place at Manchester Central Convention Complex on 3-4 October, has been designed to help hospitality businesses ‘chart the course’ through current difficulties facing the sector.
Sessions, featuring more than 90 industry-leading speakers and delivered as keynotes, panel discussions and one-to-ones, will cover pertinent topics across four stages - Vision, Collaboration, Innovation and Transformation.
In Economic Outlook: Navigating Choppy Waters, a panel will question how the economy is expected to perform and what the impact will be on consumer and business spend with higher interest rates, record inflation, a tight labour market and geopolitical pressures.
A deeper dive will be taken into hotel performance forecasts, forward booking trends, P&L and the supply evolution in Crunching the Numbers: The Business of Hotels in 2022 and Beyond.
ESG, design, staffing and the social and economic impact of hotels are among the other topics being discussed as part of the AHC’s full programme which will be delivered across two days and can be seen here: https://www.theahc.co.uk/theahccouk/programme.
Alongside its dynamic education sessions, the AHC gives the brightest in UK hospitality the chance to come together to share visions for the future and network, connecting those with capital to those seeking it.
Joe Stather, new market lead for Questex’s Operational Real Estate portfolio, including the AHC, said: “Since the pandemic, the hotel industry has been working towards a ‘new normal’, but the feeling of normality remains elusive.
“What has become clear is that the industry is having to continually revaluate, adapt and innovate to navigate the uncertainty, hence why this year’s Annual Hotel Conference programme has been specifically designed to help delegates ‘chart the course’ for success.“
AHC 2022 puts levelling up on the agenda
The conference will unite the public sector, hotel developers and investors to explore opportunities for all
The Annual Hotel Conference (AHC) will investigate the direct and indirect economic and social benefits of hotels and the opportunities they present for local authorities and hotel investors when it returns this autumn.
The leading event for the UK hospitality investment industry, at Manchester Central Convention Complex on 3-4 October, will explore the concept of hotels as a catalyst for stimulating inbound investment in the UK.
Real estate investors responding to Questex’s Q2 Investor Intentions Index said they understood the opportunities and had a greater amount of capital to deploy in the hotel sector. However, increased building costs meant they were moving away from development in towns and cities that could benefit.
In some regions areas, local authorities are now taking an interventionist role, partnering with private sector specialists to support the delivery of new hotel stock on a standalone basis of as part of a mixed-use scheme.
As the Government’s Levelling-up agenda moves forward, there are increasing opportunities for both hotel developers and local authorities to boost communities through hotel creation, believes Joe Stather, Market Lead for Questex’s Operational Real Estate portfolio, including the AHC.
He said: “Hotels are seen as a real symbol of urban generation and can have a really positive impact on promoting a destination and showing it’s open for business, attracting office occupiers and new residents, and of course tourists, whilst being able to hire locally and provide jobs, sourcing locally.
“That’s where the AHC plays a key role in terms of educating local authorities, in particular, in unlocking opportunities and bringing hotels, and their users, to those town and cities which have aspirations to build their domestic and international profile as we emerge from the pandemic.”
The subject will be discussed in the session Levelling Up: Maximising the Social and Economic Impact of the Hotel Sector on Tuesday 4 October. An expert panel, including Jon Day, Operational Manager Tourism and Investment, Cardiff Council and Matt Walton, Senior Director Development, UK & Ireland, IHG Hotels & Resorts, will share their experience on the role of hotels as a catalyst for stimulating inbound investment and look at the type of hotel development for maximum impact.
Those looking to find out how the public sector can partner with the private sector to deliver new hotel stock should attend How to Fill the Hotel Development Viability Gap?
The session will feature Graham Dodd, Managing Director, Development UK & Ireland, Hilton, who has worked with local authorities to deliver a number of successful hotel schemes in the UK; Andy Townsend, CEO, Legacy Hotels & Resorts, who is operating the new Liverpool City Council-owned Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village and Iain Robinson of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council which owns Hampton by Hilton Stockton-on-Tees.
Throughout the two days, sessions, featuring more than 90 industry-leading speakers and delivered as keynotes, panel discussions and one-to-ones, will cover pertinent topics across four stages - Vision, Collaboration, Innovation and Transformation – under the broad theme ‘Charting the Course’.
AHC22 presents new feature to help drive industry growth
The AHC Fringe will deliver impactful solutions, inspiring initiatives and product innovations for hospitality
The Annual Hotel Conference (AHC) is running a new initiative that will provide delegates with impactful solutions, inspiring initiatives and product innovations to help them face current challenges and drive sustainable business growth across hospitality.
The AHC Fringe, will present a diverse collection of 10 minute talks during coffee and lunch breaks at the conference, which takes place at the heart of the exhibition at Manchester Central Convention Complex on 3-4 October.
Running alongside the event’s main programme, the short sessions are designed to give practical advice and insights around a range of topics – from staffing and automation to energy and revenue management.
Scheduled talks include The New Normal – How To Do More With Less Staff where Jasmin Glueck of hotelkit will show how to maintain a high service level, even with limited staff and How to Use Data to Drive Total Revenue with David Goodman of Duetto.
AHC Fringe sponsor Amit Popal, Founder and CEO of Hotel Cloud will look at how technology can help drive staff productivity in his session Smart Hotels – Insights with Amazon and Hotel Cloud. Together with Albert Creixell, Head of Europe Partner Programs, Amazon Alexa, Popal will highlight cutting edge solutions that can also enhance guest experience in the hotel and increase profitability.
With energy price hikes an issue faced by all, there are two sessions planned on energy management. In Power-up: Cost-effective Energy Management, Archie Stirling and Rudge Bowen of Responsible Power will demonstrate how hoteliers can manage energy consumption effectively to reduce costs and their carbon footprint while Naked Energy’s Christian Albrecht will discuss solar technologies in Decarbonising Energy: How to Maximise Financial and Environmental Returns with On-Site Renewables.
All talks will be filmed and available on demand. Sessions will complement the main programme of dynamic sessions, featuring more than 90 industry-leading speakers and delivered as keynotes, panel discussions and one-to-ones.
Under the theme ‘Charting the Course’ the programme is designed to steer the industry through challenging times and will cover a range of topics – from ESG and staffing to investment and forward booking trends.
The AHC’s full programme, which will be delivered across two days can be seen here: https://www.theahc.co.uk/theahccouk/programme.
Alongside its conference programme, the AHC provides its delegates ample networking opportunities as well as connecting those with capital to those seeking it to drive investment in the UK hospitality sector
Joe Stather, market lead for Questex’s Operational Real Estate portfolio, including the AHC, said: “Providing education and inspiration as well as the chance to connect are core aims for The AHC, so it’s fantastic to be able to continue these aims with further support for business growth through The AHC Fringe. With such dramatic change happening inside and outside our industry, we recognise that there’s never been a more important time to share innovation and provide practical solutions.”