Quality employers support Passion4Hospitality 2018

untitledThe eighth edition of Passion4Hospitality, the Institute of Hospitality’s annual student and industry networking event, benefited from an extensive Careers Fair featuring nearly 40 companies looking for new talent.

Around 300 hospitality management students attended the all-day event which took place at Novotel London West on Monday (12 March). Students came from UK universities and colleges and from Stenden University in the Netherlands. They gained a wealth of advice on landing the right job during the interactive conference programme. They also had time to take full advantage of the excellent Careers Fair to make contact with the high-quality employers who are actively recruiting.


Represented at The Careers Fair were Royal Automobile Club, Victory Services Club, Shangri-La at the Shard, Georgian House, The Ritz, Dorchester Collection, Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane, Doyle Collection/The Bloomsbury, BaxterStorey, Evolve Hospitality, Novotel London West, Sarova Hotels, Foxhills, Gravetye Manor, Bespoke Hotels, Edition Hotels, Nadler Hotels, Hyatt, Waldorf Hilton, Iconic Luxury Hotels Group, The Savoy, Harbour Hotels Group, CH&Co, Splendid Hospitality, Exclusive Hotels and Venues, Catapult, Jurys Inn, Dorsett Hotels, Mandarin Oriental, Como Hotels and Resorts, SpaYse International, The Principal London, National Careers Service, Hospitality Assured, Dukes Collection, and Firmdale.

The HOTS Business Game runners-up from Stenden, Holland

Teams from six universities competed in the HOTS Business Game competition to run a virtual resort hotel. The winning team (above) was from Glion Institute of Higher Education, London. The runners-up came from Stenden University in the Netherlands. The University of Brighton came in third place. The competition was administered by Peter Russell MIH of the Russell Partnership.

Peter Ducker FIH, chief executive, Institute of Hospitality, introduced the event by telling students: “No one will ever care about your career as much as you do, so the sooner you start planning and setting yourself goals, the better.”

Get that job!

During a panel discussion, students were advised on how to stand out. Match the tone and message of your covering letter to the vacancy, said Shona Rye, director, Your Invisible Partner. Use social media as a research tool and go into the interview armed with information about the company, so that you are well-prepared when asked to contribute questions at the end of your interview, said Martin Smith, Collins King & Associates. Do not simply send in your CV and wait for a reply, said Neil Graham, managing director, SpaYse International. A follow-up phone call will help, and during the interview itself, recruiters are interested in personality.

Diversity dilemma

Asked whether she was in favour of quotas for female managers in hospitality, Debrah Dhugga FIH MI, managing director, Dukes Collection, replied: “I would never want to be given a job just because I was a woman.”

She added she would like to see more women at executive level: “A diverse board room generates a richness, a wider viewpoint in a world where women are increasingly a powerful force as consumers and business leaders.”

Diverse workplaces in general have advantages in terms of attaining customer loyalty, she said: “Value everyone in your organisation. Diversity refers to age, disability, religion, gender and more, and goes beyond just legal compliance. International work experience is of value and managers must be ready to harness the diversity of the workforce.”

Spotlight on the sectors

20180312_0528This panel discussion highlighted some of the lesser-known areas of employment in hospitality such as foodservice and private members clubs. Mark Field FIH, operations director, The Victory Services Club said that he found working in members clubs to be “a tremendous working environment where I can use my skills as a hotelier.” Jessica Berry, talent manager for The Doyle Collection, highlighted the similarities between her current role in human resources and her previous experience in event management. Delphine Delacroix AIH, MICE office manager at Novotel London West, added that working in events means that no two days are ever the same.

Adam Rowledge FIH, general manager, Georgian House, provided an extremely well-devised and useful A-Z of personal brand promotion. Using video well will give you a huge advantage on social media, he said, and concluded his presentation with a quote from Charles Buxton: “Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal.”

Breaking the ice

Rory Kelly-Naughton, hotels business manager, Evolve, provided expert advice on networking. “Make contacts and then maintain them. I got my job with Evolve because I know the owner, even after six years. ”

Peter Ducker FIH concluded: “Passion4Hospitality is a highlight in our calendar and I always come away feeling inspired and energised. The speakers gave their time freely to help make today possible. My thanks to them; to all our sponsors; to the exhibitors at the Careers Fair; and also to Michael Sloan FIH and his team at the Novotel London West for their generosity as venue sponsors.”


The headline sponsor of Passion4Hospitality 2018 was Planday. The other sponsors were arena4finance, aslotel, the Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME), Critiquie, Fresh Montgomery, Glion, HOTS, Novotel, Savoy Educational Trust, Stenden, SpaYse International.



Institute of Hospitality Showcases Student Research in New Digest

Digest coverThe Institute of Hospitality has published its inaugural Annual Digest of research by students from universities and colleges that are members of its Education Membership Scheme.

The subjects explored in the research papers include sophisticated menu engineering; the impact of the airbnb on the UK hotel industry; revenue management in ski resorts; and waffleshop franchises.

Alistair Sandall FIH, the Institute’s head of professional development, says: “We thank the students for their submissions to this inaugural Annual Digest. Thanks too must be passed to their lecturers for encouraging them to submit their research. ”

“If through this publication we can bring new insights and ideas into the bright lights and away from university shelves,  hopefully we can help to create closer links and ties between educators and practitioners.”

The following students’ research is showcased in the Digest;

Rosie Magurie, BA Professional Culinary Arts, University of Derby

Haroon Khan Afridi, MSc International Hotel Management, University of Surrey

Mara Leidi, BSc International Hospitality Management, Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne

Ida Davidsen, UG studies BSc (Hons) Hospitality Leadership and Management, Leeds Beckett University.

The Institute has 75 universities and colleges on its Education Membership Scheme, adding up to more than 3,000 student members across the world.

Download the 2017 Digest Here

Submissions for the 2018 Digest will be open from September with a deadline of 31st October. Full information can be found by downloading the Institute of Hospitality Digest Submission Guidelines.

If you have any queries, please email digest@instituteofhospitality.org

If you would like your college or university to get involved but are not yet members of the Institute, contact the Membership Department on 020 8661 4900 or membership@instituteofhospitality.org




25th Hotel General Managers’ Conference celebrates ‘The Spirit of the Time’

Delegates (2)Over 470 hotel professionals gathered at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, London, on 15 and 16 January for the 25th Hotel General Managers’ Conference. The sold-out event, entitled ‘The Spirit of the Time’, reflected on the past, analysed the present and looked forward to the future of the industry during a programme of expert talks and panel discussions with thought-leaders.

Cyber security

The conference began with CEO & Co-Founder of cyber security platform Trustlight, Oliver Rees, introducing delegates to an era of ‘New Innovators’. Rees shared stories of how companies are engaging with hackers to keep their own cyber security ahead of the game: “When it comes to data security, think about ‘when’, not ‘if’. You need to have a strategy in place to limit the damage and communicate it to customers”. Rees also advised delegates not to be afraid of trial and error with experimenting with technology and to embrace innovation.


The Evolution of Food Panel (2)The Evolution of Food panel discussion was chaired by hospitality consultant Amanda Afiya. Founder of Gorgeous Group Robbie Bargh, Group Operations Director at Marcus Wareing Restaurants, Chantelle Nicolson, and Store Director of Selfridges, David Jarvis, discussed the growing popularity of plant-based diets, meeting changing consumer demands and standing out from the crowd. According to Bargh plant-based diets are here to stay and represent a ‘culture shift’ rather than a trend. Nicolson stated that the “rising costs, uncertainty in the economy and a squeeze on disposable incomes will mean 2018 is one of the toughest for trading” and Jarvis pointed out that “everything nowadays in hospitality can be copied, except your staff and the experience they give”.



The importance of creating a brand was a key focus over the two days. In Revolution Through Revelation, Managing Director of Mixxa Ltd Paul Martin said: “The brand lives in your people and it’s not about what you do but how you do it.” Branding consultant Tim Watson also touched upon this in his session, Why Brand?: “You need to communicate from the inside out, and once you have internal buy in, then you are on your way to being an authentic brand.”

Leadership, performance and mindfulness

Performance coach Nigel Risner inspired delegates with his session on leadership and communication. He suggested that people can be divided into four groups based on their preferred communication style – Lions, Monkeys, Dolphins and Elephants – and asked the audience to decide which animal they are.

Risner also said that people spend too much time talking about what was rather than what will be in meetings, and any meeting should be no longer than 40 minutes.

Olympic Gold Medallist Crista Cullen MBE gave an inspiring presentation about Crista Cullenteamwork. Cullen was a member of the GB Hockey team that made history in the Rio 2016 Olympics. Cullen said: “We invested time in getting to know each other, analysing each of our strengths and weaknesses to understand how we can work together efficiently.” Cullen explained that  honest conversations are what made the team resilient and hungry for the challenge, making them train harder.

In a session about mindfulness, Director at Soul Nutrition, Katie Sheen, shared her tips on how to become more self-aware and how to calm the mind to lower levels of anxiety. “The more positive and self-aware we are, the more resilient we become, and this feeds happiness and innovation” she said.


The Future of Hotel Design panel chaired by SPACE magazine and Hotel Spec Editor Can Faik, discussed whether design is becoming too extreme. When asked where hotels need to begin, Creative Director at HBA London Constantina Tsoutsikou, said: “The lobby is the heart of the hotel so if you want to convey what you’re about, that’s where you start.” Creative Director at David Collins Studio, Simon Rawlings believes there’s a danger that hotels are trying to be and do too many things and forgetting what they do best.


Founder & Chairman of 80 DAYS, Mark Forrester and Co-Founder & CEO of Avvio, Frank Reeves gave two different talks in the Consumer Behaviours in the Digital Age session. Forrester outlined the advantages of using digital benchmarking to get the best understanding of how hotel websites are performing. “For country hotels, there is a conversion rate of 0.49% meaning that out of 200 visitors to your website, only one will make a booking. The conversion rate is nearly double for city hotels at 0.94%.” Reeves followed with a talk on Artificial Intelligence (AI). According to Reeves all hotels of all types must start looking into AI to improve the user experience and convert website visits to bookings.


In a time of adversity and disruption for the industry, the conference programme included a round-up of Everything You (Really Do) Need to Know to continue business. Covering National Minimum Wage, GDPR and the most recent update in licensing, the data and information provided ensured hoteliers were aware of all the legislation to come into place over the next 12 months.

On the evening of Monday 16 January, guests were treated to a Moët & Chandon Sue WilliamsChampagne reception before indulging in a three-course dinner created by Principle London’s Executive Chef Rodger Olsson and his team. The Caterer’s new Editor, Chris Gamm, introduced the Hotelier of the Year winner Sue Williams FIH MI, General Manager of Whatley Manor. Williams urged guests to get behind their teams and inspire the future professionals of the industry. Guests generously took part in a prize draw to raise vital funds for the Master Innholders Charitable Turst, Springboard and Hospitality Action, raising over £10,000. Acclaimed food writer Matthew Fort took to the stage after dinner to share his anecdotes of his time in hospitality.

The two-day event was chaired by Pride of Britain Hotels chief executive Peter Hancock FIH MI on day one and by award-winning photographer and hotel consultant Jeremy Rata FIH MI on day two.

Chairman of the Master Innholders Conference and General Manager of Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel Stuart Bowery FIH MI concluded the conference by inviting hoteliers to apply for the upcoming Master Innholders accolade and Aspiring Leaders Diploma.

For more information on the Master Innholders, please visit www.masterinnholders.co.uk

Bright future for hospitality management graduates, says Institute of Hospitality Student Learning & Development Forum 2017

Eleni Michael AIH and Dana Kanibolotska AIH told the Forum how the Institute had helped their management careers get off to a flying start.

Hospitality management students from across the UK attending the Institute of Hospitality’s 12th Student Learning & Development Forum gained vital insights into the exciting career paths ahead of them. The Forum included a special focus on the importance of diversity in the workplace.

The fully-booked event (15 November) was entitled “The Future is Now.” In his introduction, London Branch chair Paul Evans FIH said: “The future belongs to millennials and generation z. At the Institute of Hospitality London Branch, 40% of our organising committee is under 30 and a similar percentage are female. The hospitality industry is booming. In London, there are 8,000 new bedrooms opening this year, plus 3,500 in the rest of the UK. This growth presents an amazing opportunity to forge a great career. Our industry needs accountants, chefs, digital marketing experts, lawyers, revenue managers and HR managers.”

Next on stage,  two recent graduates described how involvement with the Institute of Hospitality had assisted them in making the right career choices. Eleni Michael AIH was invited to join the Institute’s London Branch Organising Committee when she attended last year’s L&D Forum. She went on to help Michael Voigt FIH MI organise the Institute’s Careers Fair in May 2017.  She was also inspired by the ethos and style of Firmdale Hotels while attending last year’s Forum which took place at the group’s Ham Yard Hotel in Soho. A recent graduate from the University of Surrey, she is now at the start of a two-year management trainee programme with Firmdale Hotels based at its Charlotte Street property.

Dana Kanibolotska AIH is another London Branch committee member and a recent graduate from Oxford Brookes University. She said: “The Institute of Hospitality networking and learning events that I attended as a student had a great impact on my personal and professional development, and allowed me to progress in my career at such an early stage.”

Following work placements at The Savoy and the Mandarin Oriental in London and an exchange at the Burgundy Business School in France to improve her accounting and business knowledge, Kanibolotska is currently head receptionist at the Old Bank Hotel, a 42-bedroom boutique property in Oxford.

Nearly 250 students attended the Forum from  the Edge Hotel School, Oxford BrookesUniversity, Glion Institute of Higher Education, University of West London, Westminster Kingsway College, Bournemouth University, Coventry University, Anglia Ruskin University, Norwich City College and University of Sunderland.

24607106248_e18cae3dcf_oThe inspirational speakers and panelists were:
Alistair Storey OBE FIH, president of the Institute of Hospitality and chairman and chief executive of WSH;
Michael Voigt FIH MI, general manager, L’Oscar London;
Tony Fleming, executive chef L’Oscar London;
Sean Wheeler, Group HR, Principal Hotels;
Rafael Bejerano FIH MI, director AB Hotels;
Giovanni Valentini, head of operations of hotel services for the TLC Group;
Josh Light, HR director, The Curtain Hotel, London;
Jessica Berry, talent manager, The Doyle Collection;
Josh Craddock, sales & marketing director, The Doyle Collection;
Serena von der Heyde, owner, The Georgian House Hotel;
Gregory Hall MIH, committee member Institute of Hospitality London Branch and operations manager, Elior UK;
Mary-Jane Flanagan, founder of MJ Inspire
PJ Kenny, general manager, The Hoxton, London;
Jula Fowler, human resources manager, L’Oscar London;
Antony Woodcok, managing director, Gig;
Robert Nadler, founder of Nadler Hotels.

The Institute of Hospitality London Branch Student Learning & Development Forum 2017 was generously sponsored by the venue, the Bloomsbury Hotel, part of the Doyle Collection; Preferred Hotels & Resorts; Gig; Graphico Printing and NS International.


HQ Magazine Autumn 2017 out now


Your autumn edition of HQ Magazine has arrived in the UK and been dispatched to the rest of the world. It is available to view on our website now.

In this issue, our cover feature is on how to close the gender gap in hospitality. Globally, 70% of hospitality and tourism workers are female, and yet men hold the vast majority of management and board positions.

More women than men gain university degrees and women earn more than men early in their careers. But the situation starts to reverse when people get into their mid-thirties. Sometimes the pay gap appears because women take time off to have children. Sometimes they get ‘stuck’ at a particular level.

Tracey Fairclough MIH presents brand-new research based upon interviews with 100 women from our sector and, most importantly, provides a new road map towards achieving greater equality.

We report from an Institute of Hospitality roundtable discussion of GDPR and present the best ways to prepare for the new data protection laws that come into force in May 2018. Our participants found that GDPR is actually a good opportunity to spring-clean their data and re-think their marketing strategies.

Other topics covered this autumn include preparing chefs for the open kitchen environment, job-jumping and what it means for career progression and the new health-conscisousness sweeping through hospitality.

Editor Ben Walker AIH says: “I am encouraged to see so many of our members taking the initiative to get in touch and contribute excellent articles to the magazine. The majority of our magazine is generated by members for members. My warmest thanks go to all of our marvellous contributors. A big thank you also to our designer Miranda Willan at H2O Publishing for an especially eye-catching cover.”

Members can view the magazine by logging into the members’ area of our website.

If you are not a member, please join the Institute of Hospitality now to receive your copy of HQ Magazine.
Here is a free download from the current issue:

Report from Institute of Hospitality Roundtable on GDPR





Summer edition of HQ Magazine

web resThe summer issue of HQ Magazine will be arriving in the post shortly.  Our main cover story takes a spin around the globe in a celebration of our international community of members.

From the mountains of Iraq to the beaches of Bangladesh, from the bright lights of Vegas to the dark waters of the North Sea, the Institute of Hospitality has passionate and dynamic members working in every imaginable location across the world.

In other features, participants in our recent roundtable discussion on Brexit and recruitment found creative ways to combat the reduction in available EU workers. Read the article here.

We also have informative and practical articles about raising money via crowdfunding platforms and how to employ home-based workers. Who knew that more than half of travel agents in the US work from home?

HQ Magazine comes out four times a year and is posted to members of the Institute of Hospitality and also available to read online. To receive your magazine become a member of the Institute of Hospitality or subscribe by emailing: subscriptions@instituteofhospitality.org

Here is a summary of this issue’s contents. A big thank you to all of our contributors.

  • Stewart McKenzie FIH on the real satisfactions to be found in a healthcare catering career
  • Adam Rowledge FIH SJS says more collaboration between industry, students and educators will benefit our industry at large
  • Alexander Wilson MIH reflects on the long-lasting benefits of mentoring relationships
  • Institute of Hospitality Awards 2017. Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane won Talent Development Team of the Year. Meet all our winners
  • Hospitality Assured Awards 2017. Best UK newcomer is EMCOR UK on Three. Find out who else won these prestigious awards
  • Brexit and recruitment. Our roundtable participants find creative ways to combat the reduction in available EU workers
  • All four corners of the globe. Meet some of the Institute’s passionate and dynamic members who work in almost every imaginable location across the world
  • Money in the crowd. Crowdfunding is not only an increasingly common way of raising finance; it’s one of the best ways to build brand loyalty
  • Class of 2017 competition winners. Meet our three winning graduates who joined the Institute this year through our Class of 2017 scheme
  • Get ready for new data protection law. Although it comes into law in the UK on 25 May 2018, businesses need to get GDPR ready now
  • How to employ home-based staff. Yukari Iguchi FIH offers guidance on this potential solution to the skills shortage
  • Memory Lane. John Wileman FIH looks back at some choice moments from a lifetime spent in hotel management
  • Ovens, combis and microwaves. A round-up of the latest trends in oven design and technology and what’s on the market
  • Data integration and revenue management. Pooling all of your data is essential to effective revenue management
  • A postcard from Saudi Arabia. Hospitality and tourism are central to Saudi Arabia’s ambitions

University of Greenwich becomes the latest learning provider to join the Institute of Hospitality


Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism students at the University of Greenwich now qualify for free student membership of the Institute of Hospitality. Thanks to the University’s recent decision to join the Institute’s Education Membership Scheme, their students will benefit from the resources and career benefits offered by the industry’s professional body.

Maria Gebbels, Ph.D. MSc MIH, Lecturer in Hospitality Management says:

“The University of Greenwich is proud to have joined the Institute of Hospitality’s Education Membership Scheme (EMS). This free for students membership will give them access to valuable industry resources and contribute toward their academic and professional journey. At Greenwich, we are devoted to helping students move into high-quality, graduate-level jobs, which will be further enhanced through the EMS by bringing students into contact with hospitality industry professionals through the mentoring scheme and networking events.”

The scheme has been operating for many years and is an excellent example of how the Institute is supporting entrants to the industry. There are over 70 academic institutions taking part in the scheme both in the UK and worldwide. Full details and a list of EMS participants can be found at www.instituteofhospitality.org/ems

Learning providers who wish to discuss options to join the scheme and establish free membership for their students should contact Rosalyn Berry on +44 (0)20 8661 4927 or email ems@instituteofhospitality.org

The University of Greenwich is a British university with campuses in south-east London and north Kent. These include the Greenwich Campus, located in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College (see photo) in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, London. It is the largest university in London by student numbers and the greenest in the UK as assessed by the People & Planet Green League Table.