Festival of Hospitality announces collaboration with major industry players

  • 27 July

HIX and AHEAD in the ultimate show of ‘Togetherness’

Staying true to its headline theme of ‘Togetherness’, Festival of Hospitality teams up with hotel design show, HIX, and leading hospitality experience and design awards, AHEAD, for its closing showcase – making November 2022 a month to remember for the entire hospitality sector.

Following a packed programme of events throughout October and November, from behind-the-scenes tours of London’s hottest new hotels to skills-based workshops and fireside chats with industry leaders, the Festival of Hospitality culminates at HIX on Friday 18th November.

The Festival will conclude with a thought-provoking talk by Franklin Till, sustainability, colour and material futures research agency, and curators of the ground-breaking Barbican exhibition, “Our Time on Earth’.

The ‘Next-Gen & Tonic’ social that follows that afternoon will bring exhibitor stands to life, creating experiences for rising talent to engage in open conversations and learning from leading global leading brands in furniture, fabrics, bathroom, lighting, technology and surfaces including Concept Contract, Hansgrohe, Astro Lighting, Laufen, Chelsom, Ligne Roset, and Hypnos.

It’s then on to the greatest evening in the European hospitality calendar, the AHEAD Europe Awards at Evolution Battersea, for the ultimate grand finale and industry celebration.

Matt Turner, Awards Director, AHEAD says, “With a whole month of Festival of Hospitality activity building awareness, through to the week of HIX, and our AHEAD Europe event as the grand finale, we feel this partnership will really bring the entire spectrum of hospitality professionals together. It will firmly establish this week in November as a must-attend, giving our community from across Europe and beyond compelling reasons to gather in London. “

Founders of Festival of Hospitality and business consultancy, Always Thinking, Karen Willey and Katie Tobin, explain, “This is collaboration in its truest form – three industry leaders coming together to support each other at a time when the industry needs it most and realising that we can be stronger together.”

Joel Butler, Co-Founder of HIX says, “It’s great to be teaming up with the Festival of Hospitality and AHEAD for a true celebration of the hospitality experience. HIX will bring the industry together for two days of expo, talks, and installations guided by the mantra of ‘great things will grow’, and I think this partnership is a great example of this. “

Passes for the Festival of Hospitality, go on sale on 1st August starting from £250 for the core programme, with accessible pricing making the events open to all levels, from graduates to senior leaders. The full programme of events will be announced throughout the summer with an impressive line-up of speakers and partner brands. HIX registrants will receive a 10% discount on Festival passes.

If you would like to register your interest in tickets or participate as a partner – please visit the website or contact:

Katie Tobin – katie@alwaysthinking.org / 07721 841715
Karen Willey – karen@alwaysthinking.org / 07811 214531

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