Hotelympia – Inspiration for the Hospitality Business

Hotelympia runs from 28th February–4th March 2010 at ExCeL London and is organised by leading food and hospitality exhibition organisers, Fresh RM. Visitors to the show can expect to discover new ideas and solutions, access vital business information and interact with live features and world culinary competitions.

Boasting an impressive exhibitor list of 600+, Hotelympia 2010 encompasses all areas of hospitality from Food & Drink, which accounts for more than 50% of exhibitors, Catering Equipment, Tabletop, Décor & Design, Bathroom & Hotel Spa, Premises & Facilities, Technology – by way of Hostec-Europe (1st March-4th March) and for the first time ever a dedicated Sustainability section.

The revitalised show promises to be innovative, inspirational, packed full of hospitality know-how and bursting with fresh new ideas to reach out to the people of tomorrow. Visitors to the show can enjoy free entry by pre-registering now to save the £30 entrance fee at, plus this year Hotelympia is giving something back to visitors with the launch of the Hotelympia Inspiration Team.

Hotelympia Inspiration Team

Leading lights in the industry are getting behind Hotelympia to make sure the 2010 event gives something extra special back to its 40,000 plus audience. Visitors to the show will be spoilt for choice with inspirational industry figureheads on hand to lead, advise and pass on their knowledge in line with the show’s three major themes for 2010 – Reaching out to the buyers of tomorrow (Generation Y), Sustainability and Innovation.

The Hotelympia Inspiration Team covers all hospitality bases and every focused area that Hotelympia encompasses in 2010, with Dr Rebecca Hawkins representing sustainability; Sandra Russell, Head of Catering, Warwickshire County Council leading on public sector catering; World Barista Champion Gwilym Davies flying the flag for the coffee community; Co-founder of Hotel du Vin and now owner of Hotel TerraVina Gerard Basset as ambassador for wine; Andrew McKenzie, MD at The Vineyard as our master hotelier, David Russell, Russell Partnership, driving content around food and delivery for 2012 Olympics; Billy Waters from Yo! Sushi lending his IT expertise; Vincent McKevitt, Boss for Tossed, representing entrepreneurs everywhere; Anne Pierce MBE, CEO, Springboard spearheading careers and Stephanie Briggs Director of Design for Malmasion and Hotel du Vin on hand as ‘design guru’.

The Inspiration Team will be appearing across the Hotelympia marketing campaign in video clips, on blogs and in person at the show, as well as judging the inaugural Hotelympia Innovation Awards. Confirmed show highlights include Michael Godfrey judging various competitions at Salon Culinaire International de Londres, Gerard Basset divulging secrets on stocking a successful range of wines, and Gwilym Davies commentating at the UK Barista Championships. The UK Barista Championships take place on Stage 75, Hotelympia’s vibrant new showcase celebrating its 75 year history, which includes an interview with Gary Rhodes as part of its big name line up.

Visitors will also be enthralled by a series of ‘inspirational nuggets’ from the Hotelympia Inspiration Team, who will each share their knowledge via touch-screen Innovation Pods, situated at various points around the show.

Toby Wand, Group Exhibition Director at Fresh RM comments: “The Hotelympia Inspiration Team brings a new dimension to the show, demonstrating to operators of all backgrounds and experience what can be achieved if you put your mind to it. Thanks to the Inspiration Team we now have an unparalleled pool of knowledge and experience at our disposal. Our aim is to use it to drive the show forward to be at the cutting edge of the industry’s future trends as any world-leading event should – and inspire visitors of all ages and sectors.”


In-line with the new-look innovative Hotelympia, which was launched earlier this year, ‘Sustainability in Action’ is a dedicated area which has been created, providing a platform to demonstrate solutions to visitors helping them better understand how to make their operation more green. Exhibitors signed up include Carbon Trust, Veolia, Waterscan and Kingspan.

In addition to this area, visitors keen to engage with sustainable suppliers can drop into the ‘Innovation Pod’, situated within the Sustainability area, which incorporates sustainable furniture and use of energy-saving products. Touch-screen units will showcase the ‘Innovation Awards’ finalists, sustainable nuggets from the ‘Inspiration Team’, plus other event information and a small seminar area where exhibitors can showcase sustainable products and ‘know how’ via professional speakers and chefs.

BS8901 is a new standard which sets out the requirements for planning and managing a sustainable event. By running Hotelympia so that it complies to the new BS8901 sustainable event management standard, Fresh RM will wherever practicable minimises the negative and maximises its positive longer term impacts. In order to comply with the standard Fresh RM will define and implement its sustainability policy, monitor and evaluate Hotelympia against key performance indicators and eventually review the event, feeding conclusions back into the policy to positively affect future events.

Janice Edmunds, Operations Director at Fresh RM is heading up the BS8901 initiative and says: “Sustainability is an integral message at Hotelympia and for the Hospitality Industry, but it is equally important for all industries including event management, and as organisers we felt it was important to demonstrate a responsible attitude to Sustainability. We have put measurements in place so that in future we can better assess the environmental, economic and social impacts of Hotelympia and make continual improvements. Full details can be found on the Hotelympia website and we would welcome any feedback on our plans.”

Dominic Burbridge, Sector Manager, Carbon Trust says: “Hotelympia is a unique opportunity for the Carbon Trust to reach across the sector. It’s more crucial than ever for hospitality firms to operate sustainably, from the point of view of saving money, as well as to enhance their reputation with increasingly green customers. Currently there’s a fantastic opportunity for independent small and medium-sized hospitality businesses to replace their old, energy guzzling equipment with energy saving models, using Carbon Trust interest-free loans, at no cost to the bottom line. In many cases, this opportunity will also be open to large hotel chains and pub companies that either have franchisees or pub tenants, which can benefit from large scale installations of energy saving equipment, such as heating and lighting. We look forward to meeting both large and small operators on our stand to discuss how we can help them on their way to the low carbon economy.”


Attend the ‘Designer’s Dream’ seminar at Stage 75 on Thursday 4th March at 2pm and be among the very first to get a glimpse of The Savoy’s fabulous renovation, when Conrad and Reardon Smith tell all about breathing new life into Britain’s most iconic hotel.

If it’s your business to create a wine list, come prepared to take notes at the ‘The Art of Wine’ talk by the ‘Godfather of Wine’, Gerard Basset, and walk away full of ideas and know-how! Gerard Basset is on ‘Stage 75’ at 11am on Tuesday 2nd March.


World renowned Salon Culinaire International de Londres will be hosting over 80 competition classes throughout the five days of Hotelympia, presenting breathtaking exhibits created by the great and the good from the UK and around the world. 

< p>New for 2010, Salon Culinaire and La Parade des Chefs will feature sustainability competition criteria for the first time, putting a strong emphasis on energy efficiencies and highlighting the responsibility of the industry.

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