Questex acquires UK’s The Annual Hotel Conference

questexBusiness information and events company Questex has acquired The AHC Company Limited, organizer of The Annual Hotel Conference. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The agreement merges the collective resources of Questex, organizers of the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) Berlin and The AHC. Founders Chris Eddlestone and Jonathan Langston and their team will continue to lead content development and management of the event.

“We are tremendously pleased to team up with Chris and Jonathan and combine our resources to enhance the value provided to the UK hotel industry by this important event,” said Kerry Gumas, Questex president and chief executive officer.

“From its beginnings as a small, invitation-only gathering targeting the regional individual and small-chain hotel owner and operator, The AHC has grown over its 13-year lifetime into one of the UK’s largest hotel industry events outside London,” said Eddlestone. “With Questex’s significant scale and resources, we expect the event will grow at a faster pace, with new marketing opportunities for our supporters and partners.”

This year’s The AHC will be held Oct. 12- 13 at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate hotel. It is expected to draw around 700 delegates. The event, themed Performing in Transient Times, will bring individual, boutique and consortium hotel owners, operators and managers together with developers, investors, bankers, advisors, government agencies, designers, architects, consultants, tourism leaders, regional tourist board representatives and other stakeholders for relevant and inspirational educational content and peer-to-peer networking.

The AHC was cofounded by 30-year industry veteran Eddlestone, global head of hospitality and leisure services at Squire Patton Boggs, an international law firm; and Langston, a renowned industry consultant and commentator with a 30-year track record who most recently served as the UK chief operating officer for CBRE Hotels Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

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