The Evolution of the Hotel Industry (Virtual Event)


September 24


06:30 pm - 07:30 pm

The event is Co-Hosted by Aaron Yahaya, Oparo


The session includes a funding update by Bond Finance followed by a webinar dedicated to the Hotel Sector


Chaired by Jerry Tate, Tate Harmer Architects


Questions that the panel will be covering:

1.Point of difference – How can you differentiate yourself in a crowded market, particularly in

terms of staycation? How can you be, and also demonstrate your uniqueness?

2.Inclusivity and exclusivity – Can you cater for everyone? Should you? Are some hotels for

families and some not?

  1. Workation – A new concept and lovely idea but what does it need? Good WIFI?

Meeting rooms? Co-working spaces?

4.Local community – how do you connect to them with your offer? Also your supply chain and

staffing? What is important here?

5.Sustainability – Consumers increasingly demand this, how can you integrate it into your offer without necessarily costing the earth?

6.Visitor flow – The visitor journey is so important, what is the best way of describing and setting

this out? A narrative? A storyboard?

7.Priorities – what is the most important thing to consider when developing a new hotel offer and


8.Back of house – Not the most sexy but is crucial to making a hotel work. How can we consider

this at the design stage?

  1. Covid 19 – How do you see this changing the face of the hotel market?




Ben Davis, Saxbury

Evan Maindonald, Melt Property

Raj Kumar, Borough Junction Group of Companies

Will Ashworth, Watergate Bay Hotel


About Ben Davis:

Ben has a unique appreciation of Serviced Apartments with over fifteen years’ experience of operations and real estate advisory. In 2017 Ben co-founded Saxbury which now represents commercial developers of nationwide Aparthotel projects in the range of £10-£110m GDV. His remit at Saxbury includes full life-cycle advisory, development consulting, operator search and selection, and brokerage. Ben’s passion for Aparthotel design, far-reaching industry contacts and real estate expertise have positioned Saxbury as the leading agent advisors within this growing asset class.




6.30pm- Welcome

6.35pm-Funding Update (Bond Finance)

6.40pm- Hotel panel

7.25pm- Final Words


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