CONFERENCES

Conscious hospitality serves as a common thread for the hundred or so conference sessions scheduled for the 2022 edition of EquipHotel, giving pride of place to local and regional products and experiences, “slow tech”, “slow living”, energy conservation and soft mobility.

Internally, employer attractiveness, team spirit, inclusion and employee retention are the drivers behind hotel and restaurant businesses.

In the end, conscious hospitality is about creating “living spaces”, where people come to sleep, have lunch or dinner, but also to work, recharge their batteries, and immerse themselves in the local culture or environment.

THEMES

EquipHotel will focus on the concept of “living spaces” through five “responsible” themes: sustainability, attractiveness, digital technologies, design and well-being.

1 / PLANNING FOR THE LONG TERM AND SUSTAINABILITY

Good and better for the best

Social responsibility and sustainable development mean looking differently at designing projects, managing worksites, organising teams and making establishments more dynamic by focusing on local sourcing, farm-to-table or short supply chains and upcycling.

2 / MAKING BUSINESSES MORE ATTRACTIVE

Recruiting and retaining staff: major challenges and feedback

Initial and continuing training, flexible working hours, incentive-based pay schemes, profit-sharing, recognition and other ways of rewarding know-how are all effective tools and arguments for attracting young talent and retaining experienced staff.

3 / KEEPING A HUMAN FACE ON DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

Handling, rolling out and enjoying the benefits of digital tools

Digital technologies simplify the day-to-day operations of hotel and restaurant professionals. When it comes to customer/guest services, technology is the key to hybrid and coworking spaces. However going digital does not mean eliminating human relationships. It’s quite the opposite. The two go hand in hand.

4 / MAKING GREAT THINGS WITH GOOD PRACTICES

Layout, design and decorating in the age of “care”

In 2022, luxury equates with space, comfort, time, silence and nature. It’s a world where art and artisanship have their place, to express the beauty of craftsmanship, the subtlety of know-how, and the importance of passing on tradition, all while protecting the environment.

5 / FOCUSING ON SELF-CARE

Well-being at the heart of hospitality

Responding to a clientele looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city has turned into a new craze for spas, thalassotherapy, thermal baths, yoga retreats, and cocooning.

SPEAKING AREAS

FOODSERVICE

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TALKS TO STIR UP DISCUSSION

What's the best way to stay attractive both in restaurant kitchens and dining areas? How do you retain up-and-coming and established talent? What is the future of sit-down service? Communal meals or intimate settings in a cosy atmosphere? How can we help people eat better without losing out on taste and all the rest? And what about institutional catering? How is it adapting to the new expectations of its customers? Organic food, farm-to-table or short supply chains, meat-free or gluten-free menus, new regulations and more: how do you handle a canteen in a school or nursing home?

All this and more will be covered in talks, workshops, discussions, master classes, demonstrations, and of course, our competitions. It's all about sharing experience, getting inspired, following existing ideas or pursuing new ones.

HOSPITALITY & TECH

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TALKS ABOUT NEW IDEAS AND SOLUTIONS

How are hotels developing new ways of welcoming their guests? What are the latest alternative accommodation offerings? Why is “local colour” popular?

Alongside these new trends, advances in technology are revolutionising the daily lives of customers and professionals in the hotel and restaurant industry. But how can we use digital technologies without losing the human touch? What are the most effective digital tools? Why can't booking be done without digital technologies? And what about Instagram? Should hotel and restaurant professionals be posting everything, all the time?

Finally, looking ahead, how do you replicate and develop a successful hotel concept? What are the best ways to pass on an establishment? What are the advantages of franchising and hotel networks? How will hotel groups develop in the 2020s? How can training serve as an asset when it comes to attracting and retaining teams? In terms of recruitment, what are the particular things that make young graduates and experienced talent want to apply?

EquipHotel will be getting people sharing through talks, workshops, discussions and demonstrations, to offer practical, technical and aesthetic solutions.

ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

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TALKS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Building, construction and renovation: is it still possible to design a hotel or restaurant without considering the impacts on the environment? What kinds of materials are good for the planet? Does it cost more to do things the right way? What kinds of financial aid are available? Do sustainable strategies save money?

Green approaches are everywhere in latest design trends, where furniture, tones, lighting and acoustics are inspired by air, nature, silence and space. What does the ideal bedroom look like? How do you decorate communal tables or a cosy bar? What kinds of hybrid spaces are needed for coworking?

 

There will be an amazing range of sessions to generate discussion through talks, workshops, discussions, demonstrations and other experience-sharing events.

WELLNESS

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TALKS FOR REVOLUTIONISING SELF-CARE

A young, urban, connected clientele is looking to recharge their batteries, get a breath of fresh air and unwind with long weekends, relaxation weeks, and total rest, so they’re heading to the country, the seaside or the mountains.

They’re looking for quiet, and tailored “self-care” solutions. Spas, thalassotherapy and thermal baths are all the rage.

How do you adapt your services to these trends? How can you stand out from the rest? Where can you get advice? How do you promote your know-how? 

Wellness specialists and hospitality industry experts will tell you everything you need to know through talks, debates, discussions, workshops and experience-sharing events.

The space is animated by Sense of WELLNESS Magazine.