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Press Release22 July 2016

The impact of leaving the EU on the UK hospitality industry and the profession’s influence on the rest of Europe to be scrutinised at HOSPACE2016

HOSPA’s 11th annual HOSPACE2016 Conference and Exhibition taking place on 10 November

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In a post-Brexit Britain, the impact of leaving the EU on the UK hospitality industry and the profession's influence on the rest of Europe will be perhaps the most pressing subject under scrutiny at HOSPACE2016 – to be held on 10 November at the Sofitel London Heathrow, Terminal 5.


Other hot issues under the microscope at HOSPACE2016 – celebrating 10 successful years since the first annual HOSPA Conference and Exhibition was held under the former British Association of Hospitality Accountants (BAHA) banner – will include: an analysis of the 'Current state of the Hospitality Industry'; a top-level discussion by a distinguished panel of industry leaders on 'Attracting and retaining talent'; an expert look at 'Hospitality Sustainability – the importance of the world we live in'; an examination of the challenges faced by the accommodation industry from the likes of AirBnB and onefinestay (handmade hospitality for stays in the finest homes), under the title 'Disruption within traditional hospitality'; and a branded versus non-branded hotel debate, based on the proposition: 'This house believes chain hotel brands tend to supress value rather than create it'.

Presiding over the day's conference sessions will be raconteur and motivational speaker Peter Hancock, Chief Executive of Pride of Britain Hotels, whose legendary wit and wisdom will keep a top line-up of high profile industry speakers, to be announced shortly, on their mettle.

Other highlights of HOSPACE2016 will include the opportunity for delegates to attend a wide selection of highly relevant 'HOSPACE Workshops and Technical Updates'. In a similar vein, new to HOSPACE2016 will be an interactive '4-Way Drop-in Surgery' – enabling delegates to benefit from four concurrent, topical presentations by leading suppliers on pressing hospitality industry issues, IT challenges and solutions.

"HOSPACE2016 promises to be the most thought provoking and informative yet," said HOSPA Chief Executive Jane Pendlebury (pictured right). "The challenges facing the UK hospitality industry in an uncertain post-Brexit world are immense, but certainly not insurmountable. HOSPACE2016 will be an invaluable forum for airing commonly experienced issues, problems and solutions. The Conference and Exhibition also represents an unrivalled networking, knowledge updating and learning opportunity for hospitality finance, revenue management, and IT professionals. At this year's event, we have the newly added bonus of providing hospitality marketing expertise, as HOSPA now works hand-in-hand with the Hotel Marketing Association (HMA) – with HOSPA membership now additionally encompassing HMA membership."

As in past years, HOSPACE's ever popular exhibition of hospitality technology solutions will provide delegates with a 'one-stop shop' to view and interact with the latest and 'best in class' technologies, suitable for all sizes of operation and types of ownership.

The event's grand finale Gala Dinner will witness another first for HOSPACE2016. HOSPA's prestigious annual Hospitality Finance, Revenue Management and IT 'Professionals of the Year' awards will be presented at the Dinner, instead of at HOSPA's traditional annual Christmas awards lunch.

For regularly updated information on HOSPACE2016, visit the HOSPACE website at: . For bookings and further details, contact the HOSPA Membership and Events Office on telephone: +44 (0) 203 418 8196; or email: [email protected]

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HOSPA - the Hospitality Professionals Association - is a not-for-profit educational organisation, formed to bring together professionals involved in all things commercial within the hospitality industry in the UK. HOSPA is recognised as the UK's authoritative voice in the hospitality industry on financial management, technical accounting issues, as well as the leading arena for debate on investments, hospitality technology developments, revenue management and marketing. HOSPA's Professional Development Programmes provide rigorous and relevant education for all those seeking to further their careers in these important functions. It will also be launching its new course in Asset Management in September 2020. A regular programme of workshops and seminars provides the perfect opportunity for members to continue to develop their knowledge and network with colleagues. HOSPA is on all major social media channels, including Twitter on @HOSPATweets. For more information, visit:

Jane Pendlebury
HOSPA Chief Executive
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