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Why Expos are crucial in the hotel and accommodation industry (and why missing out might cost you)

Reasons why you can't afford to miss out & insider tips on how to maximise your NoVacancy Hotel & Accommodation Industry Expo experience

Your schedule is packed. Your calendar is overflowing with commitments, between catching up on work, meeting deadlines, and attending various meetings, your plate is full.

We get it, you’re busy! So, why should you consider dedicating a whole day (or two) from your busy agenda to attend an expo?

Why attending industry exhibitions is more important than you think

In the fast-paced hotel industry, simply relying on previous performance won’t cut it – you need a sharp awareness of new developments in the industry and a solid network to stay ahead of the game.

That’s exactly why participating in industry events is so important for your professional growth. It’s a chance to connect with your industry, keep up to date with trends, and missing out could mean losing valuable contacts, opportunities, or the chance to learn something new.

So here’s why you should prioritise attending a hotel and accommodation industry expo, and why being a no-show could cost you more than you think.

What is an expo and where can I find one?

Exhibitions are unique events where industry professionals gather to network and learn about new products, services, and industry developments. Expos are a great way for everyone to learn, connect, and discover what’s new in a specific industry.

NoVacancy Hotel and Accommodation Expo is Australia’s largest and most important industry event. Taking place from August 31 to September 1, this event brings together thousands of industry professionals, suppliers and leaders who are passionate about the industry and eager to connect, collaborate and network.

Get exclusive insight into the latest trends and solutions

Attending industry expos is a fantastic opportunity to discover the latest industry trends and innovations. This holds especially true for the hotel and accommodation industry, where new technologies and solutions to enhance your business are emerging all the time. Since your competitors will be there to discover these developments firsthand, it’s absolutely crucial for you to stay updated on the latest trends too.

NoVacancy offers the opportunity to discover a huge span of new, emerging, and highly rated solutions, all under one roof. Where else can you explore new technology, software, design, sustainability, and marketing solutions, plus more?

It could take months of research to explore new and emerging developments. Or you may even miss them completely, here you can do it all in two days.

Amanda Cottome, Director Brand Experience and Sustainability, Ovolo Group told us: “There are so many new products out on the market. It’s incredibly beneficial for us to explore them, and doing so at NoVacancy makes the process so efficient.”

Top tip? Pay attention to which stands are attracting the most attendees. It will help you identify what’s popular within the industry (and what your competitors are noticing).

Amanda Cottome

Expand your knowledge

Industry events are packed with the best minds in the business. Whether they’re running booths or delivering presentations, these events offer an incredible chance to learn from industry experts. It’s a great opportunity to learn new skills and development within your field and beyond. Some larger exhibitions even provide comprehensive educational programs that would typically come with a hefty price tag at conferences – and here, they’re free!

NoVacancy Hotel & Accommodation Industry Expo has the most extensive educational program in the industry.

With seven separate summits spanning Hotel Leaders, Sustainable Hotel, Hotel Marketing, Revenue and distribution, Hotel Technology & Small Hotelier Summits, plus Design Talks. There’s a lineup of over 130 stellar speakers you won’t want to miss, including Sarah Derry (CEO, Accor), Antony Ritch (CEO, TFE Hotels) Julian Clark (CEO, Lancemore Group), Juliet Ashworth (Creative Director, CHADA) Steve Cox (CEO, Destination NSW), Renae Trimble (CEO, Accor Plus), Michael Johson (CEO, Accommodation Australia), Elisa Keenan (CEO, Ecotourism Australia), Wayne Tarranto (COO, Ovolo Hotels) Rachel Luchetti, (Principal, LUCHETTI KRELLE) and Craig Hooley (COO, Minor Hotels).

Whatever challenges you are facing right now, at NoVacancy there really is something for everyone. It’s difficult to underestimate the importance of professional development and here, you’re guaranteed to learn something new. Missing this event really does mean missing out.

Anthony Metcalf, Director of Rooms, Capella said: “NoVacancy has a fantastic lineup of speakers and with such varied topics, it’s is a great place to come to learn, walk away with fresh insights and perspectives to share with our teams and greater workplace.”

Top tip? Maximise your event experience by planning your own agenda. Handpick the sessions from the agenda that align with your own interests and needs, and make it count!

Grow your Network

Our industry is all about people. Building strong relationships and connections with peers is so important because it helps build professional relationships, opens doors to new opportunities, and helps build your reputation. And in our relatively small industry, it is difficult to underestimate the importance of this.

NoVacancy offers an unparalleled opportunity to nurture existing relationships, forge new ones, find new contacts, or even open the door to the next opportunity. Whether it’s at the NoVacancy Bar or one of many networking events, this is a networking opportunity not to be missed.

Register Now!

NoVacancy provides a truly unique experience that can’t be replicated online or in-house.

Big developments in new brands and products, education and industry insights, networking, and deal-making are all here waiting to be experienced. Thousands of industry professionals have already registered for NoVacancy 2023, and with 2023 promising to be the biggest and best event yet, this is an event you really can’t afford to miss.

So clear a space in your diary and give yourself the opportunity to focus on your professional development and network with the best in your industry. Registration is FREE prior to 31st August (or $80 on the day). Visit the website to register now!

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