6-7 July, 2022 7/6/2022 12:00:00 AM 10/7/2021 12:00:00 AM Europe/London


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Festival Schedule

The region's only investment and leadership conference for urban innovators at the cutting edge of contemporary hospitality and real estate. If you have not received a sign-up link for Day 1 tours, please email operations@internationalhospitality.media to request a sign-up form.

Join us for a curated behind the scenes tour of some of the best hospitality and real estate properties in London:

Mason and Fifth, The Italian Building, 41 Dockhead, Bermondsey, London SE1

WeWork, 8 Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4PL

Tower Suites by Blue Orchid Hotels, 100 Minories, London EC3N 1JY

Limited places available

A sign-up form will be sent to all confirmed ticket holders approximately two weeks before ULF21. Please complete this to secure your place and an email confirmation will follow. If you have not received a sign-up link, please email operations@internationalhospitality.media to request a sign-up form

Join us for the inaugural 2021 drinks reception hosted at Tower Suites, 100 Minories, EC3N 1JY

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

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 operations@internationalhospitality.media to resend the link.

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Address: Tobacco Quay, Wapping Ln, London E1W 2SF


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

Piers Brown, CEO, IHM

Piers Brown

International Hospitality Media

How do Urban Living markets match up within residential, commercial and other property asset classes? Which asset classes have 'weathered the storm' best and what's the future outlook for each as we come out of the crisis?

Each presenter has 6 - 8 minutes to place a 'laser-like' focus on the asset classes under discussion across the three stages: Stay, Live and Work - hotels,  serviced apartments / aparthotels, coworking, coliving, senior living and student housing.

Alexander Robinson, Senior Manager, STR (hotels, serviced apartments / extended stay)
Alex Gomez, Head of Data Solutions, Airdna (short term rentals)
Richard Valentine-Selsey, Associate Director, Residential Research, Savills (co-living)
Paddy Allen, Head of Operational Capital Markets | National Capital Markets, Colliers International (student housing)
Rebecca Shafran, Alternative Markets Research, Associate Director, BNP Paribas UK (later living)

Futurologist Rohit Tawar, provokes and challenges your thinking whilst exploring the issues and opportunities that could arise for hospitality / real estate and travel in our post-pandemic world

Rohit Talwar

Fast Future

With hotel occupancy and REVPAR rebounding, join owners and investors for a frank conversation on the challenges and opportunities the crisis has presented, and the transaction and investment outlook for the future.

Jeremy Jones, Director, Hotels - Christie and Co in conversation with:

Vedrana Riley, CEO, Ciel Capital
Neeraj Handa, Director, Cairn Group
Tony Matharu, CEO, Blue Orchid Hotels

Tony Matharu

Blue Orchid Hotels

Jeremy Jones

Hotels Christie & Co

Neeraj Handa

Cairn Group

Vedrana Riley

Ciel Capital

30 mins to meet, engage and do business in the exhibitor area

So far, there has been little distressed opportunities - but will we see more as commercial property eviction moratoriums end. What hospitality and real estate investment models will be more popular than others in the cycle reinvention? What are the buying opportunities, and the challenges posed in hotels; serviced apartments; BTR; student housing and co-living in the UK, mainland Europe and overseas?

Hosted by Katherine Doggrell, New Dog PR

Laura Brinkmann, VP Brookfield
Keith Evans, Chief investment and development officer, Ennismore
Natalia Kolotneva, Head of European Living and Hospitality, LaSalle Investment Management
Gerard Nolan, GN and Partners; Chairman, C1 Capital 

Natalia Kolotneva

LaSalle Investment Management

Laura Brinkmann


Gerard Nolan

Gerard Nolan & Partners and C1 Capital

Keith Evans


How are the build to rent, coliving and senior living asset classes rebounding, where's the innovation and what is the future investor outlook?

Hosted by Rupert Bates, Editorial Director / Owner, Show House Magazine

Jo Winchester, Executive Director, Valuation and Advisory Services, CBRE
Lex Cumber, Head of Membership and Operations, ARCO
Alastair Mullens, Managing Director, Vertus at Canary Wharf Group
Martin Zdravkov, Lead Portfolio Manager, DWS

Rupert Bates

Show House

Alastair Mullens

Canary Wharf Group

With the growth of WFH and the working on the move culture, numerous co-working, private members' clubs, hospitality and office options, does where we work matter any more?

Hosted by Antony Slumbers, Advisor, Future of Work, Workplace, Tech and Real Estate, in conversation with:

Hans Meyer, Co-founder and Managing director, Zoku
Matthias Huettebraeuker, Founding partner, Denizen
David Kaiser, Head of real estate, UK and Ireland, WeWork

Antony Slumbers

Real Innovation Academy

How does the evolution of digital apply to hospitality? There is a renewed sense of urgency for businesses to be more creative and innovative, embracing cost effective data-driven solutions.

Offering exceptional guest experiences pre, during and post stay is at the top of operators agenda’s but how do they achieve differentiated success and what’s the place for technology? How do companies take advantage in this unprecedented time of change.

Hosted by Eloise Hanson, Editor, Boutique Hotel News, in conversation with:

Giles Horwitch Smith, CEO, Res:Harmonics
Jouke Baaima, Co-owner, ServicedApartments.nl and Corporate Housing Factory BV
Nicola Rhone, Business development director, Avvio
Steve Lowy, CEO, The Residence and Anglo Educational


Giles Horwitch-Smith


Steve Lowy

Anglo Educational Services & The Residence Apartments

Eloise Hanson

Boutique Hotel News

The presentation will draw attention to the different terms used to value real estate and why experience will be the number one consideration in the future.

Yolande Barnes, Chair, Bartlett Real Estate Institute


Hipsturbia: the urban living trend for the 2020s

As millennials grow up and have families they are looking to move out from city centres but want to retain their urban lifestyles. How are real estate developers, owners, investors and operators addressing this need?

Hosted by Iain Murray, Senior Director, LIV Consult, in conversation with:

Navneet Bali, CEO and Founder, LYVInn
Neil Burton, Managing director, Roundhill Capital
Alan Penfold,  Executive director, Present Made

Iain Murray

LIV Consult

Alan Penfold

Present Made

Neil Burton

Round Hill Capital Operating Companies

Muriel Simpson, Lead Interior Designer, H + G presentation services

Muriel Simpson

H+G Design Group

Offering exceptional resident experiences is at the top of operators' agendas but how do they achieve differentiated success and what’s the place for technology to streamline lifestyle and residential real estate management?

Hosted by Justin Harley, Regional director, Yardi in conversation with:

Tomer Bercoviz, CEO and Co-founder, Vonder
Dave Butler, CEO, UKAA
Chris Carter Keall, Warwick Investment Group
Rachana Salgia, Co-founder and President of DigiValet


A chance to re-energise, do business and have some fun!

Venture capital invested $23.8 billion USD in proptech start-ups in 2020 (source: CREIT). Whether it's virtual tours, in-room technology, data-driven real estate decisions, remote property management, technology accelerated dramatically in 2020. For 2021, there has already been an increase in interest in proptech as real estate rebounds from the crisis. How important a consideration is the proptech 'stack' within buildings when investors evaluate potential real estate acquisitions?

Hosted by Sean Worker, Managing director, T5 Strategies, in conversation with

Ted Orf, Managing Partner, Revolt Ventures
Fred Lerche-Lerchenbourg, CEO, Lavanda
Alex Edds, JLL


Ted Orf

Revolt Ventures

Sean Worker

T5 Strategies

Employees, operators and investors alike are now fully tuned in to the healthy buildings movement. But what are the implications from wellbeing, development, operations and profitability viewpoints?

Ben Channon, Director, Ekkist in conversation with:
• Mark Kelly, Partner, PLP Architecture
• Gillian Breen, Director, Gleeds

Ben Channon


Mark Kelly

PLP Architecture

Presentations: New concepts for later living.
Hosted by Dina Soliman, Managing director, Brandfull, with:

Jan Garde, Founder and Chairman, The Embassies of Good Living AG
Christina Kainz, Co-founder, Lively

Jan Garde

The Embassies Of Good Living AG

Dina Soliman


Investing is no longer just about the bottom line. Sustainable and ethical investment is now arguably as important as profit and is at the top of many institutions' list of priorities.

• How are investment decisions being made to reflect this and what are the KPIs for an effective ESG strategy?
• What do hospitality and real estate companies have to do to make sure they can access ESG investment and what sort of companies and properties are the ESG funds looking for?

Ufi Ibrahim, CEO, Energy and Environment Alliance in conversation with:

James Fry, MD, JJF Hospitality
Martin Gettings, VP Portfolio Management, Brookfield Asset Management
Omar Ghafur, GM and Investment Director, PSSIF; Altana Wealth
Vasilis Makamitzoglou, Senior Associate, AHV Associates

Andrew Harrington

AHV Associates

Omar Gharfur

Public Sector Social Impact Fund

With the growth of more flexible home, hybrid and office based working, how does a business embrace a more agile workforce, and what are the solutions as employees return to a new working environment. How does a business inspire leadership from within?

Hosted by Hannah Philp, CEO and Co-founder, ARC in conversation with

Joanne Fisher, Group Commercial Director, Kew Green Hotels
David O'Coimin, Founder and CEO, The DO Company
Chris Mumford, Founder, Cervus Leadership Consulting

Chris Mumford

Cervus Leadership Consulting

The future of travel used to be flying cars and faster-than-sound jets but Covid-19 has changed all that. As travel and accommodation evolves, what is important to today's traveller and what is driving their decisions, what are the newly emerging travel personas?

Matthew Olarsch, Director of Customer Success for EMEA, Guesty.


Challenger banks have continued to lend during the crisis – we place the spotlight on how successful deals are happening, what’s changed, and the future outlook.

Beth Fisher, Editor, Development Finance Today in conversation with

Daniel O’Connor is the Head Of Financial Planning Analysis, Staycity Group
Ben Barbanel, Head of Debt Finance, Oak North Bank

Ben Barbanel

OakNorth Bank

Beth Fisher

Bridging & Commercial and Development Finance Today

Daniel O’Connor

Staycity Group

Coliving has demonstrated its resilience through the crisis - what have been the key learnings and how is the sector positioned for the future?

Recent transactions and investor sentiment.
The scalability v community dilemma.
Enhancing the resident experience and creating operational efficiencies.
What are the new coliving concepts? Where does the hospitality component fit in?
Design: is there a move to more multiple different room types and bed / bath parity?

With no collective industry definition we took our video camera onto the streets of London to gauge awareness from the potential resident.

Amy Frearson, Editor-at-large, Dezeen

In conversation with:

Miriam Barnhart, Product Manager: Sustainability and Experiences, POHA House
Ben Prevezer, Co-founder, Mason and Fifth
Alexandra van Pelt, UK & Ireland Development Manager - Aparthotels Adagio
Tom Teatum, Founder, NOIASCAPE

Yianni Tsitouras

POHA House

Tom Teatum


Alexandra Van Pelt

Adagio Aparthotels

Traditional landlords are more frequently moving into Flexspace but which operating model is best and why? Comparing operators who originated from a traditional landlord standpoint versus the joint venture model, the acquisition model and also the DIY model.

Justin Harley, Regional director, Yardi in conversation with:

László Varga,Founder and CEO, Spaceworks Lisbon
Caleb Parker, Founder, Bold
Steve Pette, Founder, Hearts and Minds
Rupert Dean, CEO, x and why

According to a recent Deloitte report, serviced apartments have overtaken hotels to become the most attractive hospitality asset class to European investors for 2021, driven by positive demand fundamentals and leaner costs. Is this still the case and what's the outlook for the future.

Hosted by George Sell, Editor-in-chief, International Hospitality Media

Sam Aycock, Associate - European Living, Hines
Zach Schwartz, CEO, YAYS
Simon Walford, Development Director, Staycity
Dominic Sherry, Chief Executive Officer, Flying Butler Apartments

Simon Walford

Staycity Group

Dominic Sherry


George Sell

International Hospitality Media

Last chance to engage and do business in the exhibition of solutions

All eyes are on extended stay in the wake of the pandemic, which proved its resilience against all odds. And if there’s one company that is redefining perceptions of extended stay, it’s edyn. The company’s lifestyle aparthotel brand Locke has made self-contained accommodation cool again, and with recent launch of a new brand, Cove, and rapid expansion plans across Europe, edyn’s future has never looked so bright.

Join Laura Brinkmann, Vice President, Real Estate at Brookfield, and edyn’s CEO, Stephen McCall, in conversation as they share insights from edyn’s journey so far, what’s next for the platform and why cold water swimming might hold the key to it…

Laura Brinkmann


The collective splits in to smaller groups for interactive round table sessions of 25 minutes duration each (choose 2), led by industry leaders.

  • In-room technology hosted by Rachana Salgia, the Co-Founder and President of DigiValet 
  • Food and beverage trends hosted by Jason Wischhoff, Managing Director, Benihana
  • Hostels / hybrid hotels hosted by Rosie Willan, Co-founder and director, Stay The Night
  • Social, communal spaces and the role of placemaking hosted by Harry Harris, Managing director, SUSD
  • Master leases / short term rentals hosted by Paul Stevens, Editor, ShortTermRentalz.com
  • Planning - are approvals keeping up to speed with the changing nature of development? hosted by Paul Wells, Partner, Dexter Moren Associates

Paul Wells

Dexter Moren Associates

Rachana Salgia


Paul Stevens

Short Term Rentalz

Rosie Willan

Stay The Night

Closing drinks in the Urban Expo

Agenda Gallery

Use the arrows and the slider to take a glimpse at the days ahead.

“The Urban Living Festival proved to be an incredible opportunity for our company to further build our European business. We ventured all the way over from Vancouver Canada, and the trip was well worth the effort! All-in-all, we thoroughly enjoyed being a sponsor, found it tremendously productive, and look forward to returning again in 2022. Thank you for putting together such a well-run, professionally organized, and highly impactful event.”

Steve Davis CEO - Operto Guest Technologies

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