On June 11th we held a members’ meeting at the lovely Bulgari Hotel in London’s Knightsbridge.
The topic for discussion was different payment methods that hoteliers might want to consider accepting in order to open up new markets. For example, the Chinese use wallets such as Alibaba’s Alipay and Tencent’s WeChat Pay, rather than the standard credit cards that are so familiar to us. Following the presentations there was a lively discussion where the experts were able to share their knowledge and experience with the audience. We were grateful to have the event sponsored by Elavon, a provider of Merchant Services and have expert speakers from both Elavon and CMSPI, an independent payments consultancy. Over 100 delegates were registered, which is great news for HOSPA members and sponsors. As these events grow, the opportunity to network with colleagues in the industry increases.
The feedback from delegates on the Bulgari Hotel was so positive that we have now confirmed it as a venue for our Christmas lunch! For many years, we combined the HOSPA professional development awards with our Christmas celebration. However, in January 2017 we relaunched the professional development awards as an afternoon tea event; an event that has now run successfully for two consecutive years at the Hilton on Park Lane. In 2019, the awards ceremony will again be afternoon tea, but with a change of venue to The Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel.
With the afternoon tea and the festive season being in such close proximity, it seemed sensible to remove our Christmas lunch from our events calendar, which we did in 2016. However, the lunch has been sorely missed by many members, so we are delighted to be relaunching our Christmas event. The new format will be focused purely on fun, with it effectively being an end of year party with industry colleagues. The aim will be for guests to spend time with colleagues and suppliers while simply enjoying the occasion. We are selling tables of 10 as well as individual tickets. Please get in touch with us at email@example.com if you would like to book your places.
Whilst on the subject of lunches, each year HOSPA hosts a small lunch to say thank you to the sponsors who contribute most to th