Wednesday 16th October

Business Breakfast

8.00 | £25

Forecast, performance review and a look back at two decades of tourism.

Tourism -
New Dimensions

10.45 | £25

Opportunities, economic outlook and the new Northern Ireland Brand.


13.00 | £35

Entrepreneurial insights and how to build a successful hotel empire.

The Big
Birthday Ball

19.30 | £95

Celebrate 20 years of Hospitality Exchange.


Business Breakfast | 8.00 | £25

Sarah Duignan, from benchmarking specialist STR, presents a review of performance and a forecast in a year of expansion, political uncertainty and growing costs. Industry expert, Michael Williamson, looks back at two decades of tourism and hospitality. Panel discussion on business challenges, hotel expansion and Brexit uncertainty.


Tourism - New Dimensions | 10.45 | £25

Renowned economist & TV commentator, Neil Gibson, gives an economic update with a tourism twist. Industry update with Tourism Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland including a preview of new branding for Northern Ireland! On the panel agenda: the legacy of The Open, global interest in Games of Thrones and the potential of business tourism. Plus, the challenges ahead, the effects of expansion and regional prospects.


Speaker Lunch | 13.00 | £35

Homegrown talent, Ian Taylor, in conversation with Mark Simpson about his hospitality journey. An innovative and independent hotelier, Ian along with his wife Christa, own The Kaleidoscope Collection, three boutique properties in Bath. Originally from Northern Ireland, in 1999 Ian purchased the Cotswold House Hotel and the Noel Arms. These award-winning properties set the standard for what is now the ‘boutique country house experience’.


The Big Birthday Ball | 19.30 | £95

Join us for this black-tie gala event and help celebrate two decades of hospitality. We’ll supply the presents as well as an evening of food, wine and entertainment. Glam Pam (aka Pamela Ballantine) will compere the evening and there’ll be music from the Diva Dolls, our renowned charity ballot and a few surprises along the way.