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 six 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 debate and the 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 out from the crowd.”
As part of their prizes, the winners are offered work placements at JW Marriott, Lancaster London, IHG and Jurys Inn.
The live debate was won by Michael Daw, Lewis Greenwood and Rebecca Jagger from Bournemouth University, as they presented their argument that hotel operating companies are most effective and deliver maximum shareholder value when they own a very small proportion of their properties.
Rebecca Jagger said: “It’s been a great day; very well organised and well-structured; allowing 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.
The runners up in the live debate and the HOTS Business Game respectively were teams from Hotelschool The Hague, Holland, and IMI University Centre, Lucerne, Switzerland.
Other participating teams came from University College Birmingham, 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, and judged by 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; with advice provided by Sally Messenger FIH.
P4H 2014 was generously sponsored by Gram Commercial A/S; 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 contact Jeff Duah-Kessie on 020 8661 4900 and firstname.lastname@example.org