Manchester’s hotel sector is booming with a flurry of new entries to the market. Motel One, Hotel Gotham, King Street Townhouse, INNSIDE Manchester and Hotel Football opened in 2015 while The Lowry Hotel underwent a multi-million pound transformation.
Despite the glut of openings, Manchester enjoyed record occupancy rates as the city’s visitor economy continues to go from strength to strength – and more exciting openings are planned.
Hilton Hotels; easyJet; Travelodge; and The Topland Group have all announced plans of their own while hotels form a key part of Allied London's £1bn St John's masterplan and Gary Neville’s and Ryan Giggs’ St Michael's development.
So what does the future of Manchester’s hotel sector look like? Is the future niche or corporate? Can Manchester’s visitor economy sustain even more hotels? These will be some of the questions discussed at BusinessCloud’s hotel breakfast discussion.
7.30am – 8.00am Registration, tea/coffee/breakfast
8.00am – 8.05am Welcome – Chris Maguire, editor, BusinessCloud
8.05am – 8.35am Panel 1 (30 mins)
Libby Morris, director of sales and revenue, King Street Townhouse
Adam Munday, general manager, INNSIDE By Melia Manchester
Adrian Ellis, general manager, The Lowry Hotel
Cameron McNeillie, general manager, Renaissance, Manchester
Justin Hopwood, sales and marketing director, Emirates Old Trafford,
Lancashire County Cricket Club
8.35am-8.45am: AUDIENCE INTERVIEW
Kerian Barnes, operations director, Sharboard Hotels
Simon Beer, managing director, EPIC Aparthotel
8.45am – 9.15am Panel 2 (30 mins)
Prakash Krishnamurthy, senior development manager, Accor
Nick Brooks-Sykes, director of tourism, Marketing Manchester
Matt Miller, sales manager, Hotel Gotham
Jamie Watson, managing partner, Pixel8
David Schubert, sales director, Percipient
9.15am – 9.20am Closing remarks, Chris Maguire
9.20am – 10.00am Tea/coffee/networking