Edge Hotel School Conference 2020

Edge Hotel School Conference 2020

This event was held at the Landmark Hotel in London and kicked off with three very different speakers. Two talking about technology and how it will continue to shape the hospitality industry, especially around customer personalisation, which is a trend that is set to continue to grow. 

Hoteliers’ Charter – companies that care

The third was by Hotelier of the Year, Master Innholder and St Julian Scholar Sally Beck, General Manager of the Royal Lancaster was very interesting because she is championing the new Hotelier’s Charter that will demonstrate a commitment to providing all employees with a workplace environment built on respect, equity, equality, diversity and opportunity. Whilst placing wellness and career development at the heart of operations. She asked the audience of undergraduates and alumni for their feedback on the charter, as they will be the leaders of the industry in the future.

Afterwards, Andy Boer, Principle of the Edge Hotel School chaired a panel discussion, formatted like BBC Question Time. The audience fired the questions and they were big ones. Ranging from ‘how are we going to change the perception of the hospitality industry in the future’ to ‘what effect will Brexit have on the recruitment of people from Europe to work in the sector’. 

Finally, over drinks and canapés, the Edge Hotel School undergraduates had the opportunity to network with potential employers that included General Managers and Recruiting Managers from some high profile hospitality businesses.

Edge Hotel School Conference 2020

The Edge Hotel School is the first hotel school if its kind in the UK

Graduates leave with a hospitality degree and the practical experience from working in all the different departments within Wivenhoe House, a four star country house hotel. When they start their first job, they hit the ground running and this is why the hotel school has developed such strong links and partnerships with the hospitality industry.

Craig Thatcher is a member of the Advisory Board of the Edge Hotel School

He says, “I have the privilege of meeting many of the students and am always amazed at how engaged and confident they are. Hospitality employers have many opportunities to get to know them at events throughout the year. However, the best way is through by asking group of them how they would overcome a real-life challenge within their own organisation. This is the perfect test to see whether the students have the aptitude, drive and personality required to make a significant contribution to their hospitality business”. Learn more.

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