UK: The Annual Hotel Conference (AHC) returns to Manchester Central Convention Complex this 11-12 September, organised by Questex.
The agenda for this year’s AHC will align with the theme: adapt to thrive. Some key topics include the rise of revenge travel and the opportunities presented for inbound tourism; the evolution of hospitality to meet changing guest demand; and how the industry can drive positive social change.
Additionally, panel discussions and presentations will explore the investment and debt landscape as well as broader travel trends.
Confirmed headline speakers so far include chef Michel Roux Jr, HSBC’s global economist James Pomeroy; Tom Ross of The PIG Hotels, David Anderson, president EMEA from Aimbridge Hospitality, Matt Luscombe of Cycas Hospitality, TV presenter Gethin Jones, and more.
The AHC agenda can be viewed here.
Joe Stather, VP market lead, operational real estate at Questex, said: “The UK hospitality industry is facing its own unique set of challenges as we head deep into ’23. For two days in September, we expect over a thousand senior industry stakeholders to gather in Manchester for the 20th Annual Hotel Conference, for networking, expert insights, and case studies on how to succeed against a challenging macro backdrop.
“Our theme this year is Adapt to Thrive, and we’ll be showcasing business strategies which are delivering, and anticipating, growth despite tightening consumer conditions and stubborn cost inflation. On the current trajectory, we are anticipating more exhibitors, owners, investors and asset managers to be in attendance than ever before, which demonstrates the continued relevance of the AHC some 20 years after the event first started.”