Far from a maddening crowd

HOSPA CEO Jane Pendlebury looks forward to an events season

bringing people and organisations together.

As everything begins to return to normal and we readjust to getting on the train, faceto-

face meetings and social activities, the HOSPA team have formalisedthe plans for HOSPACE this year. The date (18th November) and the venue (Royal Lancaster London) remain the same. We have tweaked a few aspects to recognise the impact of COVID on hospitality, but we are delighted to be going ahead in a similar format to our 2019 event.

Another decision we have taken this year is to partner with Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG), which many of you will be familiar with. HTNG is an US-based, global association which has recently joined up with the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA, oh all these acronyms).

Typically, HTNG would have a European event but given the pandemic and its knock-on effect on international travel, it made the decision not to run its own gathering this year, giving us an opportunity for a shared event. It will be streamed for the benefit of our international delegates, which will allow our sponsors and exhibitors to connect further and wider than in previous years.

The sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are just being fine tuned and will be available by the time you are reading this! Please take a look at HOSPACE.ORG for further details.

One of the other big changes we have made is for our operator members. Anyone who is a member and is working in a senior operational role will be invited free of charge to the conference this year. The HOSPA team and the board are enormously conscious of current cashflow demands so are pleased to be able to offer this complimentary offer for HOSPACE 2021.