About The Event

Great Hospitality Show will be the UK’s largest exhibition for foodservice and hospitality in 2017, a celebration of everything new in British hospitality, and the only show focusing on the business of hospitality.

Great Hospitality Show is the place for the British hospitality industry to meet and do business and a showcase of the broadest range of future trends, fresh talent and new ideas to help the industry push the boundaries in quality and innovation.

Salon Culinaire at The Great Hospitality Show  is the UK’s largest and most prestigious chef competition programme in 2017. It will incorporate more than 80 classes over the course of three days. There are four categories of competition that will showcase the impressive skills and talent within the industry:

Event Programme

a fully-operation restaurant where a team of chefs will provide a real-time lunch service for 100 covers each day.

a fast moving programme of hot cooking classes that will take place on 8 x adjacent workstations

a stunning display of static exhibits in a range of different mediums that will showcase the inspirational creativity and talent within our industry


GuyGuy Dittrich, Freelance writer, Presenter and Moderator.

Freelance writer, presenter and moderator, Guy Dittrich is an independent commentator on hotels and design. He has been our expert moderator since HI Design began 11 years ago.

The Seminar Programme at HI Design is world class and is included in your delegate fee. Hosted and moderated by Guy Dittrich, variety and quality are guaranteed. 4 sessions are delivered over the two business days, each offering insight, education, inspiration and often entertainment. The first session normally sets the scene with the latest regional market info. from a top industry analyst.

We usually manage to get a keynote interview with a design legend and a handpicked panel of hotel design pro’s who are set to fight their respective corners on the design issues and challenges they face. A thought provoking presentation or something a little left-field is often thrown into the mix. Audience participation is always actively encouraged and often helps to take things in a whole new direction, the merest whiff of controversy being doggedly pursued by our mischievous host…

benderKeynote Seminar – ‘Not looking back’ – a chat with Michael Bedner

Michael Bedner, former CEO & Chairman of Hirsch Bedner & Associates and Partner, Apeiron Miami

A very rare opportunity to meet and hear from one of the true legends of the hospitality design world. Michael Bedner, with Howard Hirsch, founded the world’s largest hospitality design firm, Hirsch Bedner Associates over fifty years ago. After Hirsch’s death in 1997, Michael led the company as Chairman and CEO for many years. Hirsch and Bedner revolutionised hospitality design by creating a totally new professional discipline. In his time with HBA, Michael became a leader in expanding the vision of the hospitality design business to include resorts, boutique hotels, cruise ships, restaurants, casinos, spas and a myriad of other projects. Under his leadership, HBA raised the bar in every area of hospitality design.

Due to illness, Michael was unable to be at HI Design EMEA 2011 to give his talk, yet bounced back at HI Design Asia later the same year and received a standing ovation from the delegates. His welcome return will see him in conversation with Guy Dittrich, giving some fascinating insight into his career as a top designer and leader, and also share some of the latest developments in his new venture, Apeiron.

ALAN_MOORENo Straight Lines. What next for business?

Alan Moore – Author

Disruption in the last five years has arrived unexpected and unannounced at the door of every industry. So called Unicorn companies slay the business model of entire industries seemingly overnight, cheered on by slavering venture capitalists. We have buzzwords such as,“Big Data”,“IoT”, smart cities, 3D printing, drones and wearable tech. It leaves you stunned as to what exactly is going on. Then we get the tsunami of Artificial intelligence set to decimate 50 million jobs in a decade.

It has been in reality a two decade process of transformation of the business and social landscape. The final frontier Captain Kirk might say is in fact the financial sector. Fintech as it is known, combined with the mysterious blockchain technology is as revolutionary as Tim Berners-Lee’s invention of the www. If we would describe our industrial age as linear the world we now enter is non-linear. The world of No Straight Lines ushers in entirely new ways of thinking about how a business, an industry, an organisation works – what we make, and, who we make it with. So what does next for business look like?

We are presented with a design challenge – how can we make business not only more efficient, and more effective but also more beautiful? Human beings experience the world through their senses. It is to these we must now pay serious attention.

Designing experiences which delight, inspire, and salve the minds and bodies of travellers, explorers and anyone else that might turn up on the doorstep of a hotel for a few nights stay. This has always been the mainstay of the hospitality industry. In this world of No Straight Lines it will be the most innovative and most creative who design their businesses to be beautiful in every way that will thrive.

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