Focusing on leadership, wellbeing, emotional fitness, employee development, diversity and more, Irish hoteliers from across the country are gathering in Portlaoise today (Wednesday June 22) for a the Irish Hotel Federation (IHF) – “Shaping Brighter Futures”.
The conference, taking place at the Midlands Park Hotel in Portlaoise, will hear from a range of expert speakers, including a keynote address from Lord Mark Price, who has over 40 years of experience in unleashing the power of people in organizations.
Statements by the IHF President
IHF President Denyse Campbell said the heart of every successful hotel and guesthouse is its staff, and supporting and developing them is key to long-term success.
Campbell said: “As our industry continues to recover from two incredibly difficult years, one of the top priorities for hotels and bed and breakfasts is to develop and retain our people, as well as attract the next generation. of talent in our industry, whether they join after formal education, returning to work or seeking a career change.
“Across the country, hoteliers are investing in their teams, whether through tailored education and training initiatives, such as the IHF Skillnet program, or through a greater focus on well-being, diversity and inclusion at work.”
Campbell said that with great opportunities available in hotels and bed and breakfasts across Ireland, the IHF encourages people of all ages to consider a career in the hospitality industry.
The IHF President said: “There is a huge variety of career paths and training opportunities that are constantly evolving in our sector. It’s something I’ve experienced first hand since I started my hospitality career with a summer job at a hotel, until today as the General Manager.
“Now is the perfect time to consider a career in tourism, given the wide range of exciting options available to people at every stage of their working lives. We know there are a growing number of people who are looking for greater flexibility in the number of hours they work – especially those who could return to the workforce – and this is something that hotels and the guest rooms are ideally placed to accommodate.
“We encourage those who want to work in a dynamic team environment to learn more about the many opportunities and positions available. Few industries offer such a wide range of options across a variety of skill levels, backgrounds and interests – offering plenty of opportunities to support professional growth while meeting and working with great people and developing skills.
National Live Opportunity Database
A national database of live opportunities in the tourism industry is available at tourismcareers.ie.
Ireland’s Largest Aboriginal Industry
Tourism is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry, providing jobs in every city and county in Ireland, and prior to the Covid-19 pandemic over 270,000 livelihoods were supported by the tourism and tourism sector. hospitality, which equates to one in ten of all Irish jobs, with 70 per cent of them located outside Dublin, according to the IHF, which added that these jobs are crucial for communities, especially in many many parts of regional Ireland, where tourism is ‘the only show in town’.
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