Date: 11th & 12th October 2017 at the Hilton Deansgate, Manchester
Number of delegates expected: 850+
Event USP: The Annual Hotel Conference (The AHC) is the UK's leading event in the individual, boutique and consortium hotel owners, operators and managers segment of the industry.
Target audience: Individual, boutique, consortium hotel owners, operators and managers, developers, investors, bankers, advisors, government agencies and other stakeholders.
The schedule: The AHC opens on the 11th October 2017 with registration, lunch, an afternoon of conferencing and our opening cocktail party. The 12th October is a full–day event with guest speakers, knowledgeable panellists, and a choice of workshops, debates, panel sessions, presentations, industry exhibitors, targeted and relevant delegates all sewn together with hours of networking.
Previous key note speakers have included Alex Polizzi, Simon Calder, Danny Pecorelli, Thomas Dubaere, Chris Moon MBE, Darren Campbell MBE, Gary Neville, Rt Hon Hugh Robertson, Kiaran MacDonald, Sir Howard Bernstein, Ufi Ibrahin, Sir Rocco Forte, Sir David Michels, Andy Cosslett, Robert Cook and Surinder Arora.
From its beginnings in a small, invitation-only gathering targeted at the regional individual and small-chain hotel owner and operator, The Annual Hotel Conference (The AHC) has grown over its 14-year lifetime into one of the UK's largest hotel industry events outside London.
Conceived by Chris Eddlestone, now head of hospitality and leisure at Squire Patton Boggs in conjunction with Jonathan Langston former CEO of CBRE Hotels, the inaugural event brought together just 50 invited guests in a Manchester venue.
The combination of high profile key note speakers, thought-provoking and informative presentations on the economy, the market and values and networking drinks meant that an invitation quickly became a sought-after commodity. In those early years the willingness of high profile key note speakers, including Sir Rocco Forte, Andy Coslett, Sir David Michels and Robert Cook, endorsed the event's value as a forum to engage with the industry outside the capital.
Delegate numbers grew quickly and organisations such as the international hotel chains, banks, professional advisors, developers and investors keen to engage with the regional markets joined the ranks of delegates alongside the all hoteliers such as; individual, boutique, branded and consortium hotel owners.
As The AHC's popularity grew King Communications were appointed to project manage the event, developing its concept and broadening its appeal in a whole-day conference. Faithful to its roots, the event facilitates a meeting in which the regional hotelier can interact with big brand operators, financiers, government agencies, industry bodies and advisers to exchange knowledge, ideas and opportunities. The conference deals with the every day practical, such as channel management and social media, as well as strategic topics such as the investment and banking climate and value enhancement and a panoply of other issues.
Having been recently acquired by Questex Hospitality + Travel Group, today delegate numbers are over fourteen times the original attendance, a wide variety of sponsors have engaged with the event and high profile guest speakers continue to deliver quality output in plenary and break-out sessions. Add in generous networking opportunities and an easy-to-reach regional destination, and it's no wonder that The AHC enjoys such a broad appeal.
We look forward to welcoming you to our 2017 event.
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