2012 Boutique Hotel Summit focuses on the Hottest Segment of the Hotel Industry
While most of the local hotel owners and management companies in the UK have been talking for months about the impact the 2012 Summer Olympics in London will have on hotel occupancy and room rates, the hot topic of discussion in the next month will be the 2012 Boutique Hotel Summit.
The 2012 Boutique Hotel Summit in London will bring together hotel owners, hotel management companies and many other interested parties in the hotel and hospitality industry. This year’s event is scheduled to kick-off on May 21, 2012 with a tour of some local boutique hotels and conclude on May 22, 2012 with a speech on the way boutique hotels will look in the future. In between, there will be a full schedule of interesting and informative speeches and roundtable discussions.
London is a perfect place to host this type of event. Along with New York, London is one of the original cities where the boutique hotel first came into prominence. These hotels, sometimes referred to as design hotels or lifestyle hotels, started appearing in major cities in the UK and United States in the 1980s. They are unique properties that tend to have more architectural interest and designer décor than chain hotels. Almost every boutique hotel pays special attention to service. Some feature elaborate bars or top-notched restaurants and also include extras such as spas, technologically advanced rooms and perhaps art or cooking classes. A stay in a boutique hotel should be a memorable part of any trip or vacation experience.
Today, boutique hotels have spread to major cities across the world and also infiltrated the tropical resort segment of the hotel industry. Besides New York and London, boutique hotels are showing up in Spain and all across Europe. They are quite popular in Asia in places like Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong. Resort Islands from Phuket and the Maldives to Bermuda and the Cayman Islands are also seeing the growth of boutique hotels.
The 2012 Boutique Hotel Summit will have Gordon Campbell Gray, Chairman of Campbell Gray Hotels as its Keynote Speaker. Campbell, who believes that the success of any boutique hotel ultimately rests on service, will share his thoughts on a number of different aspects within the boutique hotel space.
Other topics of discussion will include mobile technology, the importance of hiring a “name chef”, the choice between operating an exclusive versus and inclusive boutique hotel and the entrance of larger players and well known branded hotels into the boutique segment of the hotel and hospitality industry.
Attendees will have an opportunity to meet and greet and exchange contact information during the “Speed Business Card Swap” on the first day of the Summit. Set in Altitude London, guests will enjoy the 2 day session along the Thames River and hopefully come away with some useful ideas and new contacts that revolve around this rapidly growing hotel segment.
Article written By Hotel Managers Group, leading hotel management company in the United States.
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