BE MY GUEST
A new event series for small accommodation providers
Soon this year an exciting new event series built especially for small accommodation providers is hitting the UK. Developed by an award-winning team, Be My Guest will be making six stops in 2018 in Southampton, Harrogate, Glasgow, Bristol, Penrith and Norwich.
Be My Guest was created to bring together small accommodation providers to allow them to explore, educate, interact and innovate their businesses to the next level in the ultra-competitive space of accommodation hospitality.
The one-day, free-to-attend events are adopting a unique and progressive approach by providing visitors with three immersive zones for a productive day out;
- Learning Roundtables
- Business Talks
The Be My Guest Marketplace is a central feature of the roadshow and is stacked with show-only offers. The marketplace will blend the UK’s commercial big hitters in the hospitality supply chain whilst also showcasing the incredible variety of independent and regional suppliers available to the visitors.
It will also feature training companies, regional tourist boards and key industry associations. Examples include the national tourism agency VisitEngland, training company ‘How To Run a Bed and Breakfast and the newly formed Short Term Accommodation Association (STAA).
In the Marketplace, visitors will be able to take advantage of show-only discounts on products and services as well as show-specific prize draws for new beds, furnishings, catering supplies, training schemes and much more.
The Learning roundtables zone will allow owners and managers to sit down with curated experts and deep dive on the specific hospitality issues and opportunities affecting their businesses whether that’s booking rates or feedback analysis.
Each Be My Guest event will feature a St John Ambulance Learning Roundtable educating visitors in a one-hour introductory first aid training course session. Other roundtable hosts include the Chartered Institute of Environment Health who will be offering complementary food safety training and local destination organisations who will be covering hot topics like marketing, partnering with local attractions and regional promotional strategies.
Each event has a Business Talks stage where visitors will be able to listen to industry experts and award-winning owners and operators, drawing on their depth of knowledge to position their businesses perfectly to capitalise on the burgeoning staycation sector.
The world-famous Google Digital Garage has agreed to talk at the Southampton edition and will be advising companies about improving online visibility and the importance of building a digital marketing plan from scratch.
Other speakers include Ross Calladine Head of Business Support at VisitEngland who will be talking about making accommodation accessible for all as well as;
- Kurt Janson, Director at Tourism Alliance
- Kate Morel, Consultant at Glamping and Ecotourism
- Paula and Ken Hartley, Owners at How to Run a Bed and Breakfast
- Roddy Watts, CEO at The Hotel Management Company
- Google Digital Garages
The Be My Guest website is regularly updated with new speakers and schedules for each event on a weekly basis – so check it out at www.bemyguest.live
Event Director, Diane Sheppard explained; “We are super excited to be launching this new event platform for the industry. We have been busy talking to the market for the best part of a year to make sure we get things right. We plan to deliver a series of shows that will serve up some seriously big hitting value for the visitors.”
To register for your free tickets please visit www.bemyguest.live/attend
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