#P4H15 was a HIT as seen in these Institute of Hospitality photos of the event

We’re still basking in the glow from last Thursday’s annual Passion4Hospitality event – or #P4H15 as it is popularly known, which was held at the Novotel London West Hotel, London. Have a look at some of the photographs in DropBox. They show how much fun, learning and networking happened at #P4H15 this year.

University of Derby team wins #P4H15 Debate!
University of Derby team wins #P4H15 Debate!

The finalists in the hotly contested P4H team debate were the Hotelschool the Hague, Netherlands, and University of Derby, England. The question to be debated was “This house believes that social media is a force for good for hospitality managers.” Previous P4H debate winners the Hotelschool argued for the many benefits of social media, particularly in marketing, and the University of Derby team voted against.  It was a very close run race, but in the end the Derby team convinced over the voters that face-to-face interaction in hospitality was both the preferable method for managing customers and staff. To read more about Derby’s win click here.

A concurrent contest on the day was the HOTS Simulation competition where five teams competed over the course of the day in running a fictitious Mediterranean hotel using special revenue management software that allows the teams to compete in increasing REVPar and their hotel’s profitability. This was an intense competition with teams huddled over their laptops carefully manipulating the software to improve profits. The five teams consisted of hospitality students from Manchester Metropolitan University, Bournemouth University, Plymouth University, University College Birmingham and Westminster Kingsway College.

The Bournemouth University team, winners of #P4H14 HOTS, once again prevailed in the ultra-competitive HOTS Business Simulation this year. Well done! Interestingly, every team who participated this year showed stellar skills in turning a profit because each team’s virtual hotel was profitable at the conclusion of the contest. Hospitality employers seeking top candidates for plum revenue management roles may want to ‘cherry pick’ from amongst these very competent new revenue managers!

Bournomouth University's team wins HOTS Simulation Business Game at #P4H15!
Bournemouth University’s team wins HOTS Business Simulation Contest at #P4H15!

Throughout the day there were inspiring industry speakers, panel discussions on careers and mentoring and our famous speed dating – um, speed networking – event where students get to chance to meet and chat with industry experts before moving on to the next expert when the bell rings!

Mentoring, networking and CPD - it's all here at #P4H15
Mentoring, networking and CPD – it was all happening at #P4H15

The two competitions (the Debate and the separate HOTS Business Simulation) were judged by industry experts who generously contributed their valuable time to help these budding hospitality managers hone their revenue management and communications skills.

Our sincere thanks to the participants, generous sponsors, team judges and monitors, hospitality academics and to the excellent GM and team at the Novotel London West for their flawless service and incredible food. Each one of you has helped to make #P4H15 the best event yet. We hope to see you again at Passion4Hospitality 2016!

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Author: Institute of Hospitality

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