September 18-19, 2024 9/18/2024 3:01:05 PM 7/19/2024 3:01:21 PM Europe/London


The leading industry news resource; industry awards and international b2b conference and exhibitions for the sector 5 - 7 Tavistock Place London, WC1H 9SN International Hospitality Media
Mary Ward House, Bloomsbury, LONDON LONDON

Festival Schedule 2024

The region's only investment and leadership conference for urban innovators at the cutting edge of contemporary hospitality and real estate.

Exclusive Property Tours: Experience first hand some of the most exciting properties and developments in the King's Cross area of London. Immerse yourself in the city's dynamic real estate and hospitality landscape and witness innovation in action on our curated walking tour of some of the best hospitality and living sector properties

**Limited places available**

A sign-up form will be sent to all confirmed ticket holders approximately two weeks before the event.

Join us at Feels Like June, TRIBE hotel for the 2023 drinks reception sponsored by Vertus!

There will be plenty of networking opportunities with lots of hospitality and real estate leaders, including IHM's Editor-in-Chief, George Sell, Editor, URBAN LIVING NEWS and Serviced Apartment News ; Eloise Hanson, Editor, Boutique Hotel News and Paul Stevens, Editor,, over a drink or two - an evening not to be missed!

Address: 15 Water St, London E14 9QG

Confirmed attendees only will receive an online sign up form link, please fill in to secure your place. If you are registered and have not received the form, please email to resend the link.

A great opportunity to take coffee and a pastry and network whilst meeting our exhibitors to discover innovative ways to grow your business.

This year's agenda features content across six rooms, and covers a wide range of real estate and hospitality asset classes.

Main room

• 9:30 – welcome

• 9:40 - keynote speech
• 10:00 Panel: The development landscape - finance, investment and planning
• 10:40 Presentation: AI - what does it mean for the living and hospitality sectors?
• 11:20 Coffee break
• 11:50 Panel: The next government and the real estate industry’s wish list
• 12:30 Panel: road map to net zero in construction and operations
• 1:10 Lunch
• 2:30 Presentation: Building climate resilient cities
• 3:10 Tech focus - how technology is revolutionising building design, construction processes and property management
• 3:50 Coffee break
• 4:20 Branding and franchising - what is their place in the living sector?
• 5:00 Presentation: C40 - a blueprint for better cities
• 5:30 Closing keynote
• 5:50 Wrap up

Lethaby Room: BTR

• 10:05 Presentation: the state of the nation, BTR inventory, pipeline and market outlook
• 10:40 The evolution of SFR
• 11:20 Coffee break

• 11:55 Design and operations - adapting to the evolving needs of renters
• 12:30 The amenity arms race - have we declared a truce?
• 1:05 Lunch
• 2:30 The role of proptech in tenant screening, rent collection, smart home integration, and resident experience
• 3:05 SFR - refining the housebuilder/investor/operator relationship
• 3:45 Coffee break
• 4:20 Why doesn’t the government get BTR?
• 4:55 Open forum - ask the experts

Herschel Room: Coliving am, later living pm

• 10:05 The GLA guidance - what implications does it have for planning?
• 10:40 Building a scalable coliving platform: strategies for growth, brand differentiation, and operational efficiency
- Alex Gibbs, co-founder and director, Built Asset Management
• 11:20 Coffee break

• 11:55 Becoming an institutional asset class
• 12:30 Conversion opportunities - hotels and offices
• 1:05 Lunch
• 2:30 Traditional and innovative funding solutions for delivering later living schemes

• 3:05 What do later living buyers and renters really want?
• 3:45 Coffee break
• 4:20 Data-driven management and optimising resident experience
• 4:55 The future of intergenerational living

Voysey Room: PBSA

• 10:05 Presentation: The evolving student landscape: Changing demographics, international student growth, and the impact on accommodation needs
• 10:40 Showcase - three of the best PBSA development case studies
• 11:20 Coffee break

• 11:55 Catering to the specific needs of international students
• 12:30 Gen Z and Gen Alpha - are you ready?
• 1:05 Lunch
• 2:30 Investment, finance and planning

• 3:05 Going green: eco-friendly practices, energy efficiency, and responsible resource management in student housing
• 3:45 Coffee break
• 4:20 Building strong university partnerships: Strategies for collaboration between developers, operators, and universities
• 4:55 Open forum - ask the experts

Dickens Library: Hotels and hospitality, extended stay

• 10:05 Opportunities for growth in adaptive reuse
• 10:40 What does Gen Z want from hospitality?
• 11:20 Coffee break

• 11:55 Business travel and extended stay
• 12:30 Operational diversification - which other asset classes are hoteliers moving in to and why?
• 1:05 Lunch
• 2:30 Finance, refinancing and investment
• 3:05 Roadmapping for net zero by 2030
• 3:45 Coffee break
• 4:20 Next gen hotel tech
• 4:55 Market update (STR)

Emerson Room: Short-term rentals (am) Flex workspace/coworking (pm)

• 10:05 The legislative landscape: Advocating for proportionate STR regulations
• 10:40 Revolutionising the guest experience with innovative tech
• 11:20 Coffee break

• 11:55 Consolidation and investment prospects in the STR sector
• 12:30 Booking behaviour: What the data tells us
• 1:05 Lunch
• 2:30 Investment and finance for the workspace sector
• 3:05 Lease v management agreement?
• 3:45 Coffee break
• 4:20 The rise of the industry-specific workspace
- Jane Sartin, executive director, Flexible Space Association
• 4:55 The user perspective - blue chip and SME talk flex



“Attending the Urban Living Festival afforded me a refreshing approach to the operational real estate sector with a variety of sub-sectors being discussed and with debate around not only today’s challenges and opportunities, but also those of tomorrow.”

Joe Persechino, head of residential and student accommodation, AXA IM Alts – Real Assets