UWTSD holds its annual Young Hoteliers and Hospitality Conference 2021


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David Institute of Management and Health recently hosted its third annual Young Hotel and Hospitality Conference at Swansea Stadium.

The event was organized by the University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SoHaTM) and attracted 230 students from schools and colleges in South Wales.

John Howells, Academic Director (SoHaTM) said, “We use this annual conference to inspire people to careers in hospitality and tourism, and to provide an understanding of the possibilities within both industries.” The conference was also an opportunity to present what is offered within the University and how these courses have benefited the students.

The key messages of the conference were an opportunity and an inspiration within the hospitality and tourism industries, especially after the covid. As the industry has seen many people leave and have to change careers during the lockdown, there are now plenty of opportunities for faster career growth, especially for skilled graduates.

The keynote speaker at the conference was Rhys Andrews, Managing Director of Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Grill in Swansea, who spoke about the exciting developments of the Marco Pierre White Group and the connection they will have with the new International Gastronomy Diploma from of April. 2022 at UWTSD. Rhys shared the fantastic career, including earning 3 Michelin stars (the first chef in the UK to do so) from Marco Pierre White, and spoke of Marco’s enthusiasm for the profession and his eagerness to encourage more to join the hospitality industry, the new program being an ideal opportunity for them to do so.

Alumni of the International Hotel Management Degree Daniel Payne, Front Office Manager of the prestigious Pembrokeshire-based Retreats group, spoke about the luxury hotels of Tŵr Y Felin, the Priory and Roch Castle in Pembrokeshire. He spoke at the conference about the incredible guest experience hotels have to offer. While Laurence Blake and Ffion Cumberpatch described their careers after graduation and Lisa Marie Basler and Monika Isufi Smarul, two current MBA International Hotel Management students described their journey before studying for their credentials and experience as continuing postgraduate students of UWTSD.

Dr Jayne Griffith-Parry, Program Manager for BA (Hons) and MBA in International Hotel Management at UWTSD, spoke of a bright future for professionals in the tourism and hospitality industry. She said,

“It was truly inspiring to meet higher education students from all over Wales and share with them our fantastic accomplishments, as well as being able to launch our new program for April 2022 International Gastronomy BA (Hons) which is taking place. inspires from Marco Pierre White and placement within his restaurant brand; delivering positive results to our students… the future is indeed bright for the hospitality industry supported by the School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at UWTSD.

Jacqui Jones (UWTSD) spoke about redefining luxury using the Little Nell Hotel Resort in Colorado as an example of how a hotel and resort can meet the whims of the rich and famous.

Ryan Peters (UWTSD) with his presentation ‘Hospitality First’ spoke about putting the guest at the forefront of hospitality thinking. As a former Premier Inn Regional Manager, Ryan spoke about his experiences and rise to the Whitbread Company and his love of the industry.

Emily Williams, (UWTSD), previously Head of Human Resources for the Swansea and Cardiff Marriott Hotel Cluster, gave an overview of her career in the hospitality industry, describing the many opportunities that an international hotel company has offered her. She told a story that highlighted the exciting opportunities now available for travel and improvement in today’s hospitality industry and focused on advising students who get their first hospitality job and move on. develop as a brand.

John Howells concluded the conference by looking forward to the 4e Conference of Young Hoteliers and Hôtellerie in 2022. He adds:

“I think the main purpose of the conference was to inspire young people. The hospitality industry is recovering, but there is huge potential for young people to build rewarding careers in an incredible industry.

Wendy Dearing, Dean of the Institute of Management and Health added,

“It was a great pleasure to be invited and to attend the conference of young hoteliers, the students present really participated in the day and were very engaging. The feedback the team received has been very encouraging, such as “you must be very proud of your students who presented, it gave our students the opportunity to understand what careers in this industry could look like. Well done to everyone who supported the day.

As this annual event once again proves its popularity in the South Wales region, further conferences are planned for the spring semester in London, Birmingham and Newcastle.


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