10:30 – 11:00
Great Things Will Grow: Data for the Hotel Recovery
Following a once-in-a-generation crisis that shook the hospitality sector to its core the market is returning to pre-pandemic booking, development and construction levels. With the outlook positive, we crunch the numbers with data specialist TopHotelProjects to find out what opportunities and challenges await in this brave new world
11:20 – 12:00
Inner City Pressure: Hotels in the New Metropolis
Major shifts in the design and social purpose of urban space are driving inner-city hotels to reassess form and function alike. From digital nomads and mobility concepts to hybrid models that combine live, work and play, where does hospitality stand in the new metropolis?
14:00 – 14:40
Into The Metaverse: Why Hotels Are Betting on Cyberspace
Bleeding edge or a glitch in the system? With hotel designers and operators diving into the metaverse, the hotel experience finds itself at the forefront of emergent digital environments and facilitating new social experiences. But beyond all the buzzwords, what does it mean for the guest?
Our Time on Earth: The Power of Creativity in an era of Climate Emergency
Fresh from curating a Barbican exhibition exploring the power of creativity in an era of climate emergency, Caroline Till – co-founder of materials, colours and sustainability futures agency FranklinTill – discusses the design visions brought about by an environmental crisis, and encourages guests to rethink their perceptions of the natural world. Presented in collaboration with Festival of Hospitality, this session is an optimistic, academic and urgent deep dive into the future of sustainable design.