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The UK Independent Hotel Sector Today

Melvin has written a report on the UK Independent Hotel Sector for The Independent Hotel Show.

In terms of its innovation and influence the UK Independent Hotel sector has rarely been stronger and had such influence. Although it is shrinking, both in terms of its overall size and as a proportion of the country’s serviced accommodation sector, those that have survived – and Independent hotel rooms still comprise more than half of the serviced accommodation rooms in the UK – have thrived because they have truly understood the requirements of the 21st Century traveller and striven to satisfy their requirements..........

To continue reading the Executive Summary and download a free copy of the full report, click here

What does 2016 hold for UK Hotels?

Melvin was asked to provide some thoughts for The Caterer magazine about the likely themes an issues for UK hotels in 2016. His optimistic side was dominant, click here to see the article.

Dear Prime Minister.....

The hospitality and tourism sector creates sustainable jobs that cannot be exported, within the country's vibrant service sector. Melvin participated in a round table discussion organised by the Institute of Hospitality prior to the 2015 General Election. For the resulting article, published in Hospitality magazine, click here.

UK hotels face a branded future.

Compared with 1990, today’s hotel industry is unrecognisable; further change is inevitable with stronger brands, more fragmented ownership and fewer independent operators. By 2030 six out of every ten hotels will be corporate branded.

This article first appeared in Hospitality Digest 2014 - click for a pdf of the article

Melvin is delighted to have collaborated with Wordsmith & Co, The Institute of Hospitality and Horizons to create Hospitality Digest 2014, a pdf publication of facts, figures, and original articles providing a comprehensive profile of the UK hospitality industry.

For the launch press release click here

For the information flyer click here

For a preview of the publication and full table of contents click here

And to buy it online from the Institue of Hospitality website click here

What does 2014 hold for the hospitality industry? Melvin is one of several experts consulted by Caterer and Hotelkeeper for their forward look at 2014. Cautious optimism best sums it up, but click here to read the full article.

Melvin on Bloomberg TV 12 Dedcember 2013Melvin discusses the background to the Hilton IPO, the most successful public markets fundraising in hotel industry history, with Francine Lacqua on Bloomberg TV on the morning after the offer was priced. Click here to view the video from Bloomberg's website.

Hospitality Today headerIn an article for Hospitality Today in December 2013 Melvin recapped supply changes in the hotel sector and put them in a wider industry context, considering the rise of branded budget hotels, online bookings, review websites and rising operating costs.

Melvin on Bloomberg 22 November 2013In November 2013 Melvin was interviewed by Francine Lacqua of Bloomberg TV about Luxury Hotels and The Dorchester Collection. Click to view the video from Bloomberg's website.

New research reveals almost 40,000 hotel rooms
have closed in the UK in the past decade
. Click here for the press release or for more then visit our UK Hotel Supply page.

How important is the Bed and Breakfast Sector? In an article for B&B News (the Bed and Breakfast Association magazine) Melvin explored the issues behind the quantification of the Bed and Breakfast, and why knowing its size might be important for its future

Melvin on Bloomberg TVIn August 2013 Melvin was interviewed by Francine Lacqua for Bloomberg TV's 'The Pulse' programme about Accor's change of CEO and the company's strategy. Click to view the video from Bloomberg's website

 

For older articles visit our News and Views archive by clicking here.

 

Conferences

Melvin is present at many hotel industry conferences and events. He will moderate a session between owners and operators at the Independent Hotel Show 2017, October 17th and 18th. More details to follow. so far in 2017 he moderated a 'New Owners on the Block' session at the Boutique and Lifestyle Hotel Summit and also participated in a Revenue Management panel session at the Great Hospitality Show, NEC, Birmingham in January. In the prior year he presented two panel sessions at the Independent Hotel Show 2016, launching his report on the Independent Hotel sector (Click here for more details), and moderated a debate on brand value at HOSPACE in November 2016.

He is a regular attendee during the largest industry conference, IHIF Berlin, and at the Annual Hotel Conference in Manchester.

Melvin Gold at Hotel Marketing Conference 2011Melvin Gold at Hotel marketing conferencePhoto courtesy of Katherine Alano, Caterer and Hotelkeeper magazine

In September 2010 Melvin moderated a panel entitled "Strategies for recovery in 2010 and beyond" at Euromoney's 10th Annual European Hotel Finance & Investment Summit and in the same month made a return visit to the Hotel Booking Agents Association annual forum where he gave the keynote address.

Melvin attends a host of industry events including presentations on hotel industry issues for banks and industry bodies. Apart from private client events, in 2011 he moderated a round table discussion on hotel pricing and related issues for the Institute of Hospitality and was a speaker at the launch of BSI's Corporate Benchmark Report.

Melvin was the keynote speaker at Caterer and Hotelkeeper's Innovative Marketing in Hospitality Conference in London in November 2011. Click here for Melvin's powerpoint from the event. He was also one of the 'experts' offering free advice and consultancy at the Business Clinics at the Caterer and Hotelkeeper Business Summit in June 2012.

Melvin was a panellist at Visit England's Visitor Economy Forum 2012 on the panel covering "A sector-based analysis of the opportunities for growth in the visitor economy in England post-Olympics and
towards 2020". He was present at The Master Innholders' Hotel General Managers' conference in January 2013. In October 2013 he was a panellist discussing planning and bedstock exiting the market at the Annual Hotel Conference in Manchester and was also the keynote speaker at the Conference Centres of Excellence Members Forum.

2014 saw an appearance at the St Julian's Scholars spring conference on a panel discussing Low Pay and the Minimum Wage. He was also a guest speaker at The Hotel Summit (http://www.forumevents.co.uk/forum/hotel-summit/hotel-summit.html) in May on the subject of "The UK Hotel Industry - Structurally Changing" and moderated a session at The Independent Hotel Show (click for details).

In May 2015 Melvin was a panellist at The Caterer Conferences Digital Summit and moderated the Finance panel at The Annual Hotel Conference in Manchester.

Opinions

Melvin has written Opinion articles and provided various comments for Caterer and Hotelkeeper on topical hotel industry issues. The articles can be viewed by clicking here.(NB. Copyright of these articles rests with Caterer and Hotelkeeper).