The Institute of Hospitality’s largest ever student and industry networking forum Passion4Hospitality 2017 takes place on Monday 13 March at the Novotel London West

P4H logo in assoc with TUCO(1)Now in its seventh year, the Institute of Hospitality’s Passion4Hospitality 2017 all-day event comprises an exciting live student debating competition, a contest to manage a virtual hotel business, speed networking and a careers forum packed with expert advice and information.

Peter Ducker FIH, Chief Executive of the Institute of Hospitality, says: “Passion4Hospitality provides hospitality management students with a unique opportunity to meet employers and help determine their first jobs in industry. With more than 300 students attending next week from the UK and Hong Kong, we are delighted to see this event grow and attract more and more interest each year.”

The Passion4Hospitality 2017 programme features a keynote presentation “Who’s life is it anyway?” by Ben Bengougam FIH, Senior Vice President of HR EMEA, Hilton Worldwide.

A series of panel discussions will highlight the enormous variety of opportunities available in the hospitality industry. Expert advice and comment will be delivered by:

Liz Hartsone FIH, Liz Hartstone Executive Search
Vivien Ivanyi MIH, Glion Institute of Higher Education
Daniel Healey FIH, The Bloomsbury Hotel, London
Jessica Berry, Firmdale Hotels
Antony Woodcock,  Gig
Adam Rowledge FIH, Georgian House
Sophie Murray, National Association of Care Catering
Juliet Price, Hotel Booking Agency Association
Matthew White FIH, The University Caterers Organisation
Paul Hurren FIH, Association of Catering Excellence

bournemouth winners 2016
Last year’s debate winners were from Bournemouth University

In brave displays of public speaking skills, quick wit and market research, students participating in the debating competition must argue for and against the following motion: “This house believes hospitality is about creating experiences, not processes and procedures.” Six universities have put forward teams this year: University of Surrey, Plymouth University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Glion Institute of Higher Education, University of Derby and University of Brighton.

The two finalists will go head-to-head in front of a live audience and members of the Institute of Hospitality are invited to attend the live debate which starts at 4pm. Previous winners were the University of Derby, University of West London, University of Brighton, HotelSchool The Hague and Bournemouth University. Who will pick up the prestigious trophy in 2017?

The headline sponsor of Passion4Hospitality 2017 is the University Caterers Organisation (TUCO). Our other sponsors are: Glion Institute of Higher Education, Snapshot, Fresh Montgomery, Novotel London West, arena4finance, HOTS, The Savoy Educational Trust, The Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME) and Waters Productions.

Download the Passion4Hospitality 2017 Programme here


Author: Institute of Hospitality

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