Sustainable design and product innovation in the spotlight at Independent Hotel Show’s 10th edition.

The Independent Hotel Show is set to return to Olympia London on 4-5 October for two days of networking, discussion and product discovery for the UK’s luxury, boutique and independent hotel sector. 

Launched in 2012, the Independent Hotel Show is this year celebrating ten years at the heart of the independent hotelier community. Long-time event ambassador Peter Hancock recalls of the first edition: “I remember being shocked to meet people I knew around every corner. The show has just got better and better, especially in terms of the quality of speakers on the business stages and the overall attendance. Crucially, the show has remained exclusively aimed at independent minded hoteliers.”

Taking place from 5pm on Tuesday 4 October are the Independent Hotel Show Awards, where the winners of Independent Hotelier and GM of the Future, in partnership with The Master Innholders, will be revealed for 2022. 

Event Manager Glenn Wallace commented: “We had record numbers of entries for the Independent Hotel Show Awards this year, with over 50 entries for the Independent Hotelier award and entries for GM of the Future more than doubling. It’s been so inspiring to see the amazing entries from across the sector after a difficult few years.”

This year’s edition of the show will see a jampacked programme of content on the Innovation Stage, in partnership with eviivo, and the Hotel Vision stage, in partnership with HotelPartner, covering a wide range of topics tailored to the independent hotel sector. 

From making ESG profitable for hotel businesses, what it takes to achieve industry accolades and top tech insights for hoteliers to major challenges such as staffing and issues in the food & drink supply chain. 

“Two days of networking, discussion and product discovery.”

Returning for this year’s event is the Social Business Space, designed by Taner’s Sons, expanding on the discussions taking place on the stages with informal roundtable discussions, giving hoteliers an invaluable opportunity to network with peers and share common challenges and opportunities. 

Ian Kelly, Director at The City Warehouse Apartment Hotel, said of the 2021 edition: “I especially enjoyed the Social Business Space where we could chat in small groups on a number of topics. I went to the first one and ended up going to all five! The ideas, solutions and problem sharing aspect of these small groups was the highlight of the show for me.”

The Independent Hotel Show gives guests the opportunity to meet with over 200 carefully curated suppliers, from luxury furniture and lighting brands like Eichholtz, to emerging high-end F&B brands like Heads + Tails Signature Drinks, to the latest hospitality tech to drive profits and streamline hospitality businesses. 

Peter Banks, MD at Rudding Park, comments: “We have already used two of the suppliers we met at last year’s show and one of these will have a significant and long-lasting impact on our business. The membership debate that we attended has significantly instructed our thinking for our next development at Rudding. Instruction, innovation and networking. I urge you to attend.”

Plus, new for this year’s event are innovative feature areas such as a glimpse into the hotel room of the future with design studio Cocoon & Bauer, incorporating themes such as sustainability, biophilic design and design catering for neurodiversity. Meanwhile at the Business Solutions Bar, in partnership with HOSPA & HMA, guests will be able to consult with a range of independent industry experts to received personalised advice and guidance for their unique business challenges. 

To learn more, and to register for your complimentary trade pass, head to