Boutique Hotel Trailblazer webinar


The creators, the agitators and the visionaries

Hosted by Boutique Hotel News news editor Eloise Hanson, our Boutique Hotel Trailblazer webinar series is designed for hotel owners, operators, investors, developers and service providers within the hotel space.

No cost to join and designed to encourage participants to think differently as we look to the future; with thought-provoking discussions, debates, live Q&As with industry leaders and innovators as we collectively look to the future and to rebound from the pandemic. The sessions promise to offer a snapshot of what hotels, hospitality and real estate professionals can expect at the URBAN LIVING FESTIVAL 2020: stay-live-work, which is taking place on November 25 - 26 at Tobacco Dock, London.


We’re currently taking bookings for brands and companies that wish to position themselves as thought leaders and sponsor our webinar series. The schedule is filling up fast - download the information sheet below or contact for more information.

Webinar Schedule

Monday October 5th 14:00 BST:

3. Design reimagined, hotel space repurposed

Discover how space and design is being reimagined for flexible and alternative use.

You will learn:

• The opportunities of flexible living space - how the lines are blurring between work, play and home life

• How are customer needs evolving, and how can the physical environment cater to this

• Return on investment

• Opportunities presented by surplus office and retail stocks

• The future outlook

Trailblazers joining the discussion are:

Ron Swidler, chief innovation officer, The Gettys Group

Jacques-Olivier Chauvin, president and CEO, Fauchon Hospitality 

Paul Barrasford, director, hotels agency at Colliers International

Samantha Trinder, owner, Bingham Riverhouse

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Monday October 19th 14:00 BST:

4. In the spotlight: City versus country

Two pioneers from the boutique, luxury and lifestyle hotel sector take centre stage in this one off exclusive. A not-to-be missed conversation on the challenges and opportunities of running a city and country-based hotel.

Trailblazers joining the discussion are:

Christoph Hoffmann, CEO and partner, 25hours Hotel Company 

Danny Pecorelli, managing director, Exclusive Collection

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Monday November 2nd 14:00 GMT:

5. Boutique hotel investment and finance

Discover the current state of hotel funding and investment, with a look to the future.

You will learn:

• A hotelier’s funding options

• What investors and lenders will be looking for as a new industry standard

• Identifying opportunities for investment now and further down the line

• Assessing valuation

• Tips for cost management

Trailblazers joining the discussion are:

Vedrana B. Riley, founder and CEO, Ciel Capital

Patrick Brennan, CEO, Fair Value Capital 

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Monday November 16th 14:00 GMT:

6. Boutique hotels and a sustainable future

Discover the challenges and opportunities of shifting to a circular and more responsible business model.

You will learn:

• What resources exist to support hospitality managers improve a businesses’ sustainability

• Can sustainability help to support recovery plans? Can it help to build resilient organisations?

• The plans and challenges ahead for the supply chain

• Restructuring roles and responsibilities - will we see the emergence of the chief health officer?

• The investment conundrum: cost versus reward

Trailblazers joining the discussion are:

Madhu Rajesh, CEO, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance

Paul Gardiner, CEO, Mantis Collection

Bill Barnett, managing director, C9 Hotelworks Company

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Monday September 7th 14:00 BST:

1. The experiential hotelier 

Discover how forward-thinking hoteliers are differentiating the hotel and guest experience within and beyond four walls.

You will learn:

• Creative and innovative solutions for revenue generating opportunities

• Understanding the consumer - the appeal of experiential offerings versus the commoditisation of the product

• Risk and return on investment

• How to stay ahead of trends - what's next?

Trailblazers joining the discussion are:

Luca Franco, CEO and founder, Luxury Frontiers

Chris Penn, cofounder, Performance Hotels (Birch and Steel Hotels)

Julia Pearson, partnerships and insights director, Ennismore

Kent Lindvall, founder and part owner, Treehotel and Arctic Bath

View Recording HERE


Monday September 21st 14:00 BST:

2. Human versus digital concierge

Discover how technology is changing the customer and operator experience.

You will learn:

• The growing role of technology within hotels and other hospitality asset classes

• How are property managers and operators balancing high tech and high touch

• How can technology enable value, recognition and loyalty - can it earn trust?

• Contingencies of compiling and utilising guest data - what information is stored, how is it used, and who’s controlling it

Trailblazers joining the discussion are:

Jannes Soerensen, general manager, The Beaumont

Rogier Braakman, managing director, Penta Hotels

Jeremy Atlan, cofounder and business development, Wishbox

Jen Wong, CEO, LaaSie.AI 

Julie Grieve, founder and CEO, Criton

View Recording HERE


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