10:00am - 12:00pm


Registration will open at 10.00am. Desks are located in the Hotel Foyer. Refreshments available in all areas of the event including the ground floor exhibition area and the first floor conference foyer.

12:00 - 12:15

Welcome from The AHC

Conference host throughout Jonathan Langston

Chris Eddlestone / Squire Patton Boggs & Alexi Khajavi, Questex Hospitality + Travel

12:15 - 12:45

Opening Keynote Speech

Greg Dyke / Vine Hotels

12:45 - 13:30

Opening Plenary - State of the Nation: The Operator's View

The conference will kick off with a panel session where we will hear from a range of operators on their current and future thinking on the UK hotel market. What are the strengths? Where do the weaknesses lie? What are the opportunities going forward? And what are the key threats to hotel operation in the UK market?

Moderator - Katharine Le Quesne / Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne


13:30 - 14:30


Lunch will be served throughout the exhibition areas and first floor foyers.

14:30 - 15:00

Whatever Next? - Economic Overview of the UK

The always hotly anticipated economic overview of the UK will provide an update on the the state of the nation, focussing on the major events which are likely to impact the health of our economy, as well as identifying and highlighting key issues relevant to the hotel industry.

Trevor Williams / TW Consultancy

15:00 - 15:30

The Good, The Bad and The Lumpy - The UK Hotel Market Overview

This engaging and dynamic overview of key UK hotel markets will analyse the relationship between demand and supply, using data and analysis to drive transparency in the sector and spark debate amongst the operator and investment community alike. With an interesting year ahead not limited to events such as the triggering of Article 50 and President Trump's activity, these thorny subjects will be tackled head-on; providing a balanced and educated view on the impact for your hotel-related operation.

Joe Stather & David Bailey / CBRE

15:30 - 16:15

The Big Debate - To Brand or Not To Brand?

A global marketing platform, loyal customer base and premium performance. What did the hotel brand ever do for us? Our experts debate what value the 'label' provides to a hotel operation? And with advances in distribution and technology, are there other ways these benefits can be 'bought' at a lower cost than a brand?

Alister McChutchion / JLL


16:15 - 17:30

Networking for All

Featuring Speed Networking & The Meeting Hour

17:30 - 19:30

Cocktail Party

20:00 - 22:00

Hotelier Dinner

Hosted by The Principal Manchester, attendance at this dinner is by invitation only to selected hoteliers. However, to register your interest please email rowan.scahill@theahc.co.uk

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The AHC 2016 - Highlights