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Captains of industry announced for HOSPACE 2013 'Leaders Panel'

Captains of industry announced for HOSPACE 2013 'Leaders Panel'

HOSPA's Annual Conference and Exhibition for Hospitality Finance, Revenue Management, IT and Commercial Professionals will be held on Thursday 21 November at the Sofitel London Heathrow, Terminal 5.

On the day, HOSPACE’s annual Leaders Panel discussion on ‘Key Issues, Trends and Developments Facing the Industry Today’ boasts panellists including the following: HOSPA president Robert Cook, chief executive of De Vere Hotels & Village Urban Resorts; Heiko Figge, former managing director of Guoman and Thistle Hotels and currently head of private equity company Moorfield Group’s hospitality portfolio; Jonathan Raggett, managing director of Red Carnation Hotels; and Stewart Campbell, managing director of Redefine BDL Hotels, which develops and manages branded and independent hotels.


The panellists will examine the hospitality industry’s hottest topics – from the Government’s attitude to the hospitality industry, to the UK’s non-competitive tourism VAT rate compared with other European countries, the difficult visa process for international visitors, job creation, the best use of social media and ecommerce, and the costs of sourcing and procurement. The ‘Leaders Panel’ will help set the scene for HOSPA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition ‘HOSPACE 2013’ – to be held on the same day, at the same venue.


Commenting on the Leaders Panel, HOSPA chief executive Carl Weldon said: “HOSPACE 2013 is delighted to welcome such an eminent and distinguished panel of industry experts who will be examining future challenges and opportunities facing the UK hospitality industry; and outlining how these can be turned into positive gains for delegates’ businesses.”  


In addition to the ‘Leaders Panel’ discussion, other highlights of HOSPACE 2013 – designed for Hospitality Finance, Revenue Management, IT and Commercial Professionals – include: a top-level Finance Panel discussion on ‘The changing face of the funding landscape for the hospitality sector’; a thought-provoking Hospitality IT Debate on ‘Is Technology good for the hotel/hospitality business?’; and a Revenue Management Debate on ‘Integrating all the feeds for Revenue Management’. In addition, delegates will be able to benefit from a programme of hospitality industry-specific educational workshops – all led by specialists in their subjects.


As in past years, HOSPACE will be supported by a growing and increasingly influential exhibition of hospitality technology solutions – providing delegates (be they start-up, established independent or multi chain owned) with a one-stop-shop to view and interact with the latest and best-in-class technologies.


For regularly updated information on HOSPACE 2013 (HOSPA Conference and IT Exhibition), visit the HOSPACE 2013 Website at:


For bookings and further details for HOSPACE 2013, contact the HOSPA Membership Services Office on telephone: 01202 889 430; or email:

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