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Steve has been connected with hospitality and tourism his whole working career. From managing a restaurant in London in his late teens to studying Hospitality and Tourism, Steve is very passionate about the sector. Steve has an unusual mix of experience in both tech and hotel management, starting his career managing a 500 bedded Backpackers Hostel in London, and then going on to create his own brand of Budget Hotels (London, Brighton and Moscow) that were famous for innovative marketing, tech and support of young people wanting to work in the industry. From there, Steve set up Umi Digital, a design and technology agency solely working in hospitality and travel, which today works with over 150 companies in the UK, Europe and Africa
His current focus is as CEO of Anglo Educational Services and The Residence Apartments. AES is a full-service study abroad operator offering a suite of academic service alongside over 200 student apartments in Central London with another 60 being added in 2020. The award wining Residence Apartments are a collection luxury served apartments with two locations open in Marylebone and Shoreditch , Tower Hill, Hoxton and recently, Kensington.
Steve is also Chairman of BETA (British Educational Travel Association), a board member of the Tourism Alliance and committee member of ASAP. He also regularly delivers lectures at Hotel Schools in the UK and Europe and remains passionate about promoting the industry to young people. He is an avid traveller and chef and believes that travel can be a force of good, especially in the current global turbulent political times we live in.View all Speakers
“"As one of the first in-person events out of the pandemic, Guesty was happy to exhibit at Urban Living Festival and connect with professionals in the hospitality industry at such a forward thinking event - thanks to the ULF team for a great conference".Abi Rod, Global Events Manager, Guesty
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