Summit Schedule

Boutique Hotel Summit 2018

Join us at Montcalm Royal London House as we announce and congratulate the winners of the second BoHo Guest Experience Awards sponsored by GuestRevu. 

Venue address: Montcalm Royal London House, 22-25 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1DX

Ticket options are now available to attend only the BoHo Awards, or both the Summit and the Awards at a special rate. Click here to see the different ticket option.

Grab a coffee and a pastry while meeting our exhibitors.

Piers Brown, CEO, International Hospitality Media

 An in-depth interview with Indian entrepreneur and founder of the Leeu Collection, Analjit Singh.


A 10-minute film interviewing leading hoteliers about the future, and how they think the sector can best blend technology such as AI with the human skills needed for hospitality.


The planning, development and opening of two exciting new hotel projects.

Grab a caffeine hit and meet our exhibitors

Three innovative new companies pitch for a fictional £50 million investment session, with the winner to voted for by the audience.


What are the main challenges and opportunities facing boutique and lifestyle hotel owners?

• Sam Gelin, developer, MADE Hotels (tbc)

Incorporating the trend for mindfulness in to your hotel offer.

• Laura Willoughby, founder, Club Soda
• Louise Chester, founder, Mindfulness at Work

Day 2

Laura Willoughby

Club Soda

Day 2

Louise Chester

Mindfulness at Work

Three industry pioneers present for 10 minutes on F&B trends that are sweeping the sector.

• Olubunmi Okolosi, founder, Kajola on "Grab'n'go and ghost restaurants"

Is the sharing economy still a major threat to the hotel sector or a necessary kick up the backside to keep standards high. Two 10 minute presentations followed by audience questions, then the audience votes for the winner.

• Karim Nielsen, CEO, Brøchner Hotels

Day 2

Karim Nielsen

Brøchner Hotels

Food, networking and exhibition stands to browse!

66% of luxury brands are expecting their influencer marketing budget to increase over the next year. How can boutique and independent hotels build a relationship with customers via digital channels? Who should they be working with, and just what is an “influencer”?

• Benoit Racle, ‎global brand leader, AC Hotels
• Amber Hoffman, founder, WHIT Media
• David Gabriele, CEO, Swayy

Day 2

Benoit Racle

AC Hotels

Day 2

Amber Hoffman

WHIT Media

It's not just about local produce – hotels who truly get the local trend are community hubs as well as destinations for travellers. What are the best ways to tap in to your local market and keep your neighbourhood customers coming back time and time again?

• Jason Pomeranc, founder, SIXTY Hotels (tbc)
• Jay Stein, CEO, Dream Hotel Group (tbc)

What are the most cost effective and flexible methods of financing hotel acquisitions and operations, either through debt or equity?

• Lissa Engle, director, Berkeley Capital
• Trevor Morris, debt finance director, OakNorth Bank

Day 2

Lissa Engle

Berkeley Capital

Day 2

Trevor Morris

OakNorth Bank

Hotels are increasingly sophisticated when it comes to revenue management, but what can they learn from the airline industry and others about dynamic pricing?

• Steve Burns, managing director EMEA, BridgeStreet Global Hospitality
• Anael Peu, director of revenue management, Kew Green Hotels
• Adam Rowledge, general manager, Georgian House Hotel

Day 2

Steve Burns

BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

Day 2

Anael Peu

Kew Green Hotels

Day 2

Adam Rowledge

Georgian House

A panel of general managers discuss the changing nature of their role, and the challenges they face.

The time for lip service is over – when the government sets a date for banning petrol and diesel cars you know the low carbon agenda is not going away. But a sustainably and efficiently run hotel is more profitable, especially with the shadow of sustainability levies on the horizon. What are the most effective ways to transform your property?

• Thomas Kendall, senior designer, Wayward
• Jan Hazelton, VP global business and real estate development, Kerzner International

Day 2

Thomas Kendall


You must be in the room to win one of our great prizes!

Piers Brown, CEO, International Hospitality Media

The event hosted the great and the good from the industry and was excellently attended and curated, there were so many industry insights learnt during the day including the final panel from the leaders which was the prefect finale - a must attend event

Greig Holbrook, Oban Digital

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