Hospitality management students were given a flying start to their careers as their talents for public speaking and decision-making were put to the test at Passion 4 Hospitality (P4H), the annual debating competition and careers forum organised by the Institute of Hospitality.
Teams from seven UK and EU universities competed during a day devoted to giving students successful starts to their careers through focused advice and networking.
Bournemouth University emerged as the winners of both competitions running during the day: the live P4H debate and the HOTS business competition to run a virtual hotel.
As he presented the winning teams with their prizes, Arthur De Haast FIH, chair of the Institute of Hospitality Executive Council, said: “I’m astounded by the polished performances we have seen today and that they come from people who have not even finished university yet. In addition to your full-time studies, you voluntarily chose to be part of this event and these competitions and that makes you stand apart from those who didn’t.”
As part of their prize package, the winners are offered work placements with JW Marriott, Lancaster London, IHG and Jurys Inn.
The live P4H debate was won by Michael Daw, Lewis Greenwood and Rebecca Jagger from Bournemouth University.
Rebecca said: “It’s been a great day; very well-organised and well-structured which allowed us to take part in the competition heats, and attend the panel discussions and speed networking sessions.”
The HOTS Business Game to run a virtual hotel was won by Ellen McCausland, Oliver Palmer, Yasmin Okerika, Hannah Styles and Ben Sansom, also from Bournemouth University.
Other participating teams came from the well-respected hospitality and tourism programmes at University College Birmingham, Sheffield Hallam University, University Campus Suffolk and the University of Derby, Buxton.
The P4H Live Student Debate was expertly moderated by Russell Kett FIH, Chairman of the HVS London Office. Judges for the event were industry managers Sally Messnger FIH; Gillian Hayes FIH, vice-chair, Institute of Hospitality; Thomas Kilroy MIH, social business manager, Baxter Storey and Simrian Kaur Gujra AIH, graduate trainee manager, Baxter Storey.
The Institute thanks the following P4H 2014 sponsors who provided their generous support for this student learning and networking event: Gram UK; Austin Reed Corporate; Fresh Montgomery; Harbour & Jones, CHME, HOTS, Arena 4 Finance plus the venue sponsors University College Birmingham and The Studio, Birmingham.
To get involved in Passion 4 Hospitality next year – either as a student or a sponsor, please contact Jeff Duah-Kessie on 020 8661 4900 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org