#P4H2016 showed industry and academia’s global Passion4Hospitality with networking, debating and HOTS competition!

Now in its sixth year, Passion4Hospitality 2016, which took place on 14 March at Novotel London West, provided networking and advice for hospitality management students at the start of their careers.

Winners of the #P4H2016 Debate, University of Brighton
Winners of the #P4H2016 Debate, the University of Brighton team

The all-day programme included inspirational stories from operators, speed networking and one-to-one careers advice, the student debating competition and the HOTS Business Game to successfully operate a virtual resort hotel.

Speakers and participants included:

  • Liz Hartsone FIH, Hartstone Executive Search
  • Emma Langford and Tim West FIH, Lexington Catering
  • Matthew Dixon MIH and Paula Frey, Corinthia Hotels
  • Sally Main AIH, Harbour & Jones
  • Adam Rowledge MIH, The Georgian House Hotel, London
  • Wendy Bartlett MBE FIH, Bartlett Mitchell
  • Peter Avis MIH, Babylon at the Roof Gardens
  • Miles Pooley FIH, The RAF Club

The subject of the debate was: “It’s not worth spending money on staff training. The hospitality industry has such high staff turnover; they all leave as soon as they are trained.”

HotelSchool the Hague after the final debate
HotelSchool the Hague after the final debate

The finalists from the University of Brighton (Laura Ricciotti, Erek Thuersam, Rachel Stevens) and HotelSchool The Hague (Joe Gulizzi, Frauke Schuren, Mandy Ho) went head-to-head in front of an audience of academics, industry leaders and students.

An audience vote declared the University of Brighton team the winners of the debate and the three students received their trophy from Michael Sloan FIH, general manager of the Novotel London West.

The separate HOTS Business Game consisted of a competition to successfully operate a 200 bedroom hotel by setting up rate, revenue and marketing strategies.

A special mention must go to Jovanie Tuguinay, a final-year student at Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, near Sydney, who completed the heats by Skype and then travelled from Australia to take part in the final.

The other teams came from Manchester Metropolitan University, Bournemouth University, Plymouth University, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Brighton.

Hots PlymouthUni Winners
HOTS winners: the team from Plymouth University!

The team from Plymouth University (Kirsty Chiu, Julia Lau, Sammi Cheung, Kimmy Yuen) achieved the highest level of profitability and was declared the winner.

Passion4Hospitality 2016 was generously sponsored by Fresh Montgomery, Harbour & Jones, Acquire Services, Accor Hotels, Arena4Finance, HOTS, Bartlett Mitchell, Corinthia Hotels, The Savoy Educational Trust and the Council for Hospitality Management Education.

Gillian Hayes FIH led the team of debate judges: Thomas Kilroy MIH, general manager- operations, The London Clinic; Heather Lishman FIH, co-owner, Lishman Associates, Sally Messenger FIH and Elsje Hugo AIH, 2015 finalist. The debate was faciliated by consultant Mike Turner FIH.

The HOTS Business Game was administered by Mike James of the Russell Partnership and Debra Adams FIH of Arena4Finance.

The Institute of Hospitality is the global professional body for individual hospitality managers and aspiring managers. For more information about this press release and hi-res images contact Ben Walker, the Institute’s communications manager. Email: ben.walker@instituteofhospitality.org or ring Tel: 0776 532 069


Author: Institute of Hospitality

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