The Independent Hotel Show has steadily grown in popularity since its launch 5 years ago to the point where instead of being asked whether one attended, one is more likely to be asked which of the two days.

IHS 2017My interest is twofold as I shall be taking part in a couple of talking sessions and helping to host the awards ceremony on the Tuesday evening, all the while rubbing shoulders with some of the best in our business.

It just seems to get better every year and I think credit is due to the organisers for resisting the temptation to stuff the hall with too many exhibitors – the ones who are there actually fit our needs at the luxury and boutique end of the industry.

Their only lapse is in allowing old grizzlies like me onto the stage but I shouldn’t complain about that. We flock to wherever the great and good are gathered, like moths to a light bulb.