Leading hospitality experts are preparing to take part in a discussion panel at The Hotel and Catering Show in March to share insight and advice, helping to steer industry operators through tough economic times.


The two-day show, which is expected to welcome a 3,000-strong audience, takes place at the Bournemouth International Centre on March 13 (10am to 6pm) and March 14 (10am to 4pm).  The question and answer session, titled ‘Serving up first-class hospitality’, takes place at 10.45am on day one of the show in the Platinum Theatre, and the panel includes Robin Hutson, executive chairman of the Lime Wood group of hotels, Michael Regenhardt, group operations director of the independent hotel group, the FJB Collection, Anita Bower, human resources director of Chewton Glen, and the respected hotel critic for the Guardian, Sally Shalam.


Chaired by Giles Henschel, founder and managing director of Olives Et Al, the panel will discuss what makes a hospitality operator stand out from competitors and share experiences on industry issues such as recruitment, training and the entrepreneurial aspects of business.  Giles says: “Key topics open for discussion could include smart recruiting to attract and retain the best staff, the importance of investing in the training of future stars of hospitality as well as what extra steps can be taken to provide exemplary, one-of-a-kind, service to customers.  This question and answer session will be extremely interactive and I’m looking forward to hosting the forum.”


Show organiser, Anna Wallis, adds: “Hospitality is an incredibly dynamic industry where nothing stands still and with the economy still representing one of the biggest challenges, we felt it was a good idea to introduce a question and answer session to the show.  We are delighted to have signed up some of the best professionals who will provide advice and help to visitors on ways to strengthen and increase business.”


The Hotel & Catering Show is strictly Trade Only and proof of trade status may be asked for on the door.  To attend the show, pre-register at www.hotel-expo.co.uk or call 01425 485040. Follow the Show on Twitter http://twitter.com/HotelExpoShow and join the Facebook fanpage http://www.facebook.com/HotelandCateringShow.


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Carol Middleton at Liz Lean PR            Tel: 01202 701828            Email: carol@lizleanpr.co.uk

February 2012