• Fit Out Summit


    The Fit Out and Design element has been a vital component of The Hospitality Expo for many years.


    Following a successful stand-alone Fit Out Expo event last year; we are delighted to announce that the Fit Out Summit Stage will again play a critical part of the Hospitality Expo 2020, which is taking place in the RDS Simmonscourt on 25th and 26th February. Exhibitors will be travelling from all over Europe to showcase the latest innovative products and services available to the Fit Out sectors from both the hospitality and commercial development angles.


    Whether you’re upgrading, renovating or starting from scratch; leading experts from the Fit Out sector will be sharing their experiences on what will be a ‘not-to-miss’ line-up for architects, property owners and developers.


    The Fit Out Summit aims to cover all aspects of the build process from marketplace analysis and future industry trends to design and build. The Future of Architecture session will deliver examples of how Central Plaza Dublin, Center Parcs and Powerscourt Distillery Visitors’ Centre have transformed the landscape in the industry. The Design and Fit Out session will focus on the latest trends in design, colour and use of space in hospitality venues.


    Participation in a dedicated trade exhibition provides ‘Face to Face’ marketing; proven to be significantly more effective than any other form of advertising or promotion. The Fit Out Summit will provide you with the opportunity to meet and develop meaningful working relationships with proprietors and decision makers. Many products must be seen, demonstrated, or examined first-hand before a purchase decision is made. Visitors to trade shows are there to do business with companies that can contribute to their commercial success.


    Reasons why you should attend the Hospitality Expo 2020:

    • Build new business relationships
    • Meet existing and prospective customers
    • Increase your product and brand awareness
    • Find out what your customers are looking for
    • Network with likeminded industry professionals
    • Build your contact database for future sales


    Fit Out Summit Stage Agenda Outline


    Tuesday 25th February


    Session 1:   11am – 12.30pm

    Marketplace analysis and future industry trends

    This session will analyse the current fit out marketplace and predict future industry trends. As the hotel industry goes through a period of unprecedented and irreversible change, we shed light on some of the biggest questions facing the sector including: 

    • How will hotels attract the business and leisure guests of tomorrow? 
    • How can hospitality businesses compete in a digital world? 
    • What will the future business model of the hospitality industry operator look like? 


    • 11am – The outlook for the Dublin construction and fit out markets – Brexit, the construction pipeline and other considerations you need to know about…
      • John Ring, Head of Research, Knight Frank
    • 11.30am – Award Winning Case Study on some of Ireland’s Largest Hotel Builds
      • Arthur O’Brien, Managing Director, C+W O’Brien Architects
    • 12pm – The Future of Planning Regulations for the Hospitality Sector
      • Rachel Kenny, Director of Planning, An Bord Pleanála
    • 12.30pm – Panel Discussion
      • After their presentations, the panel of leading industry speakers will partake in an interactive discussion, inviting interaction and questions from the floor, on the pertinent issues raised during their presentations and lessons to be learned for the industry.


    Session 2:   2pm – 3.30pm

    The Future of Design & Architecture 

    Sustainable architecture holds the key to an environmentally positive future. Only by living more economically with our resources can we hope to protect our environment and climate. The philosophy behind sustainable architecture is all about reducing waste. Hear from leading architects and designers who will give examples of how Central Plaza Dublin, Centre Parcs and Powerscourt Distillery Visitor Centre have transformed the design and fit out landscape.


    • 2pm – Case Study: Designing Central Plaza, Dublin & Dubai’s top hotels
      • Rebecca Gernon, Founder and Lead Designer, Serendipity by Design 
    • 2.30pm – The Future of Hospitality is in UX – Designing the optimal customer experience for your premises
      • Ronan Holohan, Managing Director, Millimetre Design
    • 3pm – Panel Discussion
      • After their presentations, Rebecca Gernon and Ronan Holohan will focus on the current building trends, both in Ireland and further afield, and analyse how by opening your business to new design ideas you can revolutionise the revenue streams available in your market.


    Wednesday 26th February

    Session 1:   11am – 12.30pm

    Design and Fit Out

    Learn about the latest industry trends in design, colour and use of space within the hospitality sector. Featuring a case study of the innovative design concepts around The Cliff House Ardmore, as well as how retailers are shaping the way we experience their outlets. 


    • 11am – Case study: Building a hotel in a cliff – The Cliff House Hotel Ardmore
      • Garry Cohn, Director, Cohn Design 
    • 11.30am – Automation is changing the face of hospitality
      • Kevin Greene, International Product Manager, CBE
    • 12pm – Case Study: Bespoke manufacturing and design of lighting for Titanic Hotel and No 1 Aldwych Hotel London
      • Shane Holland, Managing Director, Shane Holland Design
    • 12.30pm – Panel Discussion
      • Gary Cohn, Kevin Green & Shane Holland will join a panel to discuss their experiences in design and fit out. 


    Session 2:   2pm – 3.30pm

    Challenging and interesting hospitality projects and how to finance them

    With the hospitality sector reinventing itself daily, it can be difficult to keep up with the current trends. Learn about some of the latest projects being carried out by some of Ireland’s leading interior designers


    • 2pm – Case Study: Contemporary pub, restaurant and music venue, Switzerland: Converting a traditional, rural and village pub into a multi-use development. Developing rural buildings and yards into tourism and entertainment venues.
      • Angela Murphy, Managing Director, AM Design 
    • 2.20pm – Case Studies: 
      • Designing the entire customer journey of a new hotel without any management team or focused business plan. Eg Fairways Hotel Dundalk. 
      • Conservation interiors – Rebuilding a 17th Century Castle to a Wedding Destination Hotel, Eg Markee Castle, Sligo.
      • Audrey Gaffney, Founder & Owner, Audrey Gaffney Associates 
    • 2.40pm – Financing your venue fit out – A 7 step guide
      • Derek Butler, CEO, Grid Finance
    • 3pm – Panel Discussion
      • Chaired by Angela Connolly, President, The Interiors Association
      • Our designers and finance expert will take questions from the audience and offer practical advice. 

    To secure one of the remaining stands contact Kevin Grace on Kevin@sbpevents.ie or tel 00353 87 9877 391.

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