Hospitality Exchange Programme

Tuesday 17th October 2023

People Power

09.45 - £45

A new perspective on people including managing productivity and attracting new staff, compered by Tim Browne.

School Days
Adrian Ellis from the Lowry Hotel on changing the industry image and engaging with schools.

Behind the Pass
The Grill at the Dorchester Head Chef, Tom Booton, on his journey from commis chef at 15 to heading up his own restaurant on Park Lane.

Gen Z Speaks
Hear what attracts young people to the industry - perspective, passion and purpose.

Crazy Busy
Zena Everett presents a lively masterclass on managing time, talent and energy. Each delegate will receive a free book - The Crazy Busy Cure - a productivity book for people with no time for productivity books.

Rising Stars

13.15 - £60

Hosted by Pamela Ballantine, an initiative supported by Ulster Bank to recognise industry talent and reward stellar performance.

Rising Stars
A celebration of talent rising through the ranks and acknowledging their contribution to the future of the sector.

Mingle with Mocktails
14.30 - Free

Networking after lunch or before the AGM with some special mocktail creations.

15.30 - Free to Members

Annual General Meeting for NIHF Members.

Wednesday 18th October 2023 - AM

Business Breakfast

08.00 - £35

A hearty start to the day with a big breakfast and business update hosted by veteran journalist, Mark Simpson.

Hotel Performance & Forecast
STR data, detail and a dive into the future with Sarah Duignan.

Sales & Valuations
Savills’ hotel specialist, Tom Barrett, on the current marketplace.

Hotel Costs
Adrian Patton, ASM, on the rising costs of a bedroom over the last ten years.

Talking Tourism

10.30 - £30

Exploring the future: international trends, economic influence and sustainable growth.

The True Value of Tourism
Economist Andrew Webb delves into the economic power of tourism.

Tourism - A Transformative Sector
Industry discussion on the sector’s robustness, diversification and global opportunities.

The Green Dream
Yannick Cabrol from EY presents tourism: a sustainable future.

Tourism Outlook
Insights into the coming year from Tourism Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland.

Wednesday 18th October 2023 - PM

Speaker Lunch

13.00 - £60

Stuart Godwin from the Lamington Group on sailing, sustainability and creating the room2 hometel brand.


The Gala Ball

19.30 - £120

Celebrating 24 years with a 24 Carat evening. A golden opportunity to wine, dine and dance the night away.