I think we all knew, deep down, that the chances were that we would end up back in lockdown this quarter. Perhaps we believed our combined hope and hard work would avert the inevitable. All the blood, sweat and tears that collectively everyone in hospitality has put into ensuring venues are squeaky clean and sanitised has not been wasted, but perhaps not appreciated and recognised as much as it might have been. Here we are again and despite the inevitable hardships, I know we will continue with positivity and hope. And here we go again with HOSPACE!
HOSPACE 2020 – one to remember for all the twists and turns along the way in the planning. We have tried our best to retain as much of our regular programme of events as we possibly can. We are delighted to be broadcasting live from the studio at The Royal Lancaster London. We hope all of you will join us online for the live event on 19th November. The virtual software will be open from 18th – 20th November inclusive and I look forward to hearing how successful the networking has been.
We have been able to deliver HOSPACE free of charge to our operator members thanks to the generous support of our Hospitality Heroes – otherwise known as sponsors. Without the investment of Keystep, Percipient with Sage Intacct, BDO, Infor, Profitroom, Intel and BT, plus all the other virtual exhibitors you can see listed on page 14 we would not have been able to bring you a state of the art technological conference. Please do take some time to chat online with our sponsors. Meetings can be scheduled within the online platform.
Thank you all for your support with the #SleepoverToHelpTurnover campaign too, which has exceeded all our expectations with the adoption both from hoteliers and the great British public. Sadly, many of the offers are having to be put on hold as they were geared around non work-related travel, but we hope to help regenerate demand once hotels can open their doors again to leisure guests.
By the time many of you are reading this we will likely know the decision of the American people on their choice of President. At the time of writing it looks like it’s set to be the Democratic Party led by Joe Biden. Although given the ongoing controversy, I wonder if there may still be a question mark over the result!
All in all, though, it’s yet another example of the turbulence of 2020. It’s so hard to plan for success when we simply don’t know what lies ahead. And with so much having been turned on its head this year, who knows what’s around the corner?
For now, though, we must continue as best we can, with upbeat outlooks, keeping the hatches firmly battened down and hope that soon we’ll meet calm, navigable waters with no clouds on the horizon. Until then though, it’s hope and positivity that will see us through!
Jane Pendlebury HOSPA CEO firstname.lastname@example.org