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2021 Speakers
"Harnessing the growth of the UK staycation”

‘Harnessing development and innovation trends to future proof your holiday rental business with Hoseasons’

Luke Hansford, Vice President- UK Business Development, Hoseasons 

As the UK staycation market continues to thrive, ensuring this shift in consumer behaviour extends beyond this year will be more crucial than ever for holiday rental businesses. Luke Hansford, VP UK Business Development for Hoseasons, sets to share insight into the leading trends across UK holiday rental development, innovation and discuss how to harness these to futureproof the success of your business in an increasingly competitive landscape.

‘Excellence in Business’

Bob O’Connor, CEO, Bob O’Connor Ltd.

In a post covid world how can holiday parks come back better and stronger? Doing the same thing will not do anymore.

With 30 years’ experience in the leisure and hospitality industry, Bob O’Connor, will share advise and case studies from his time as Group Managing Director for Howletts and Port Lympne; Butlins Minehead; Brighton Place Pier; Metropole Hotel, Blackpool and give a detailed look at what can be achieved in today’s demanding market looking at: Trends, KPI’s, Tariff / Revpar and creating your own USP.

‘Sustainable Luxury – The Importance of ‘Green’ to Modern Holidaymakers’

Robbie Davies, Development Director – UK, Landal GreenParks

The world as we know it is changing. Now more than ever we see a shift in consumer behaviour towards environmental awareness and sustainability credentials as key decision drivers when deciding on which products to consume.

The holiday park sector is no different, and brands promoting this with credibility are set to thrive in what is already a very crowded marketplace.  In this presentation the link between sustainability and commercial success will be explored by using Landal GreenParks as an ideal case study.

‘Controlling Indoor Air Quality is Not of Critical Importance’

David Lilley, Marketing Director, Estate Strategy Group

In 2020, 239 leading scientists wrote to the World Health Organisation and warned that Covid-19 was being spread through aerosol transmission inside buildings. Governments around the world slowly began to take note and devise plan to address this challenge.

Our presentation reveals some of the ‘air quality’ key health and safety considerations for operators in the holiday property space. This includes an evidenced based look at the science behind ventilation and air purification and what resort operators might do to protect employees and guests.

The presentation will share a UK based case study; revealing how a simple air purification strategy plays a part in giving holiday guests extra confidence, which in turns optimises the prospects for positive reviews and booking growth.

‘Rise of the Boutique Staycationer’

Richard Coutts FRIBA, Founder & Team Principal, Baca Architects

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our holiday habits – not least in the short term but possibly in the long term and for good. This changing behaviour is also Linked to growing awareness of the contribution of long-distance travel, and in particular airline travel, and its contribution to climate change. Holiday consumers want an escape but also have a growing social conscience of their impact on the planet and seek to find an alternative that addresses these issues.

During the pandemic many people have worked from home. They have rediscovered their gardens during the breaks between confinement have rediscovered the coastline and natural countryside that sits waiting just beyond their front door. Those luxury’s that they have discovered and experienced abroad they have now sought to discover within their own country.

The large hotel model with the bottleneck of the lift and lobby areas are now an issue. Holiday makers seek space, fresh air and to be separated from other guests. Specialist Hospitallers, who were ahead of the game, have found themselves saturated with inquiries and unable to meet demand. It is in this context that the “Boutique Staycationer” has been born and in huge demand.

‘Before, during and after the pandemic’

Carl Castledine, CEO, Away Resorts

Carl will discuss how Away Resorts have continued to weather the COVID storm and their plans for 2022 and beyond.

‘Safari Lodges – The Story So Far…’

Neil James, Project Manager, West Midland Safari Park

Neil will recap on Safari Lodges, West Midland Safari Park’s new accommodation offering, since he attended the last show, and will look to what the future holds for the Park. He will discuss the impact the development has had on all the stakeholders and the valuable lessons learned.

‘Maximising Secondary Spend through Design’

Sam Stokoe, Director, Newman Gauge

We offer an insight into the role of a commercial leisure designer.  The purpose of our design work is to create a space that ultimately generates revenue, and one of the opportunities we focus on is increasing the secondary spend.

We will look at the guest journey around a typical leisure site and how to carefully consider the route the guest should take to ensure they have everything they need, where and when they need it.

Limited complimentary places available