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Hospitality Expo 2018 To Take Place In RDS February 6-7

By Dave Simpson
Hospitality Expo 2018 To Take Place In RDS February 6-7

Hospitality Expo 2018 is set to take place from February 6 - 7 in the RDS, Dublin. The theme of this year’s Expo is ‘preparing the hospitality industry for the next generation of customer’. Whether this is by adopting new technology or renewing premises through Design and Fit Out, offering new Food and Beverage options or revamping Bar and Catering Equipment, the event will be showcasing ideas to hospitality business owners who are looking to invest in their businesses to attract the next generation of customers.

For hotels in line with this theme, Mark Nolan, CEO of Dromoland Castle, will be giving a keynote presentation at the Hospitality Summit looking at how traditional hospitality venues can connect with new and younger clientele.

The LVA will be running a separate conference for publicans, the LVA Pub Forum, focusing on product, theme nights and events, technology and catering, while the VFI will be promoting the event to their members throughout the country.

Meanwhile, for restaurants the event will be hosting the Synergy Pro Chef Forum, a specially designed conference for culinary professionals. The Forum will explore the business of being a head chef and managing a successful kitchen. Top chefs and industry professionals will be discussing the key issues and challenges facing kitchen professionals today and exploring the skills and solutions needed to overcome them

The event will also feature a specific Design and Fit Out exhibition complimented by case studies and presentations showcasing ideas and concepts for hospitality premises.


The Design and Fit Out section of the expo will offer ideas, concepts, products and services for theming, redesign and refurbishment.

To compliment this, Hospitality Summit will feature a specific Design and Fit Out seminar agenda. Conal Harvey, director of Harcourt House Collection, will present the case study ‘Theming the Titanic Hotel in Belfast’, while Joe Kennedy, managing director of Smith and Kennedy Architects, will speak on his vision for ‘Delivering Fit Out excellence in the hospitality sector’.

Wedding business is becoming a lucrative and prestigious source of income for more and more venues such as hotels, restaurants, clubs, manor houses and other venues.

To address this opportunity, a key feature of this year’s Design and Fit Out section is The Bridal Concept Suite designed to provide hospitality venue proprietors with a complete visual index of the resources needed to attract and cater to the wedding market.

The feature has been designed and executed by Built Environment Project Services and O’Grady Design, and will showcase ideas in lighting, bedding, furniture, fabrics and technology, among others.

The show will gather over 3,000 owners, general managers and operators of hotels, restaurants and pubs from the whole island of Ireland. To visit at this trade only event you can register for free here: