Pictured are (Back row) – Joanne Hayes, Febvre, Fiacra Nagle MD Compass Group Ireland, Honorata Waraksa, DIT. Font row – Caroline Millar, DIT, Lara Elise Creighton, DIT, Nicky Logue FIHI, President IHI, Kate Beahan (Team Captain), DIT and Lisa Brady, DIT.
A team of five students, representing Dublin Institute of Technology was selected for the second consecutive year as the outright winner of the Irish Hospitality Institute (IHI) Business Management Game 2014, in association with our new main sponsor Compass Group Ireland at AVIVA Stadium/Meetings & Events and the winning team prize sponsored by Febvre & Co.
The team scored top marks in the competition that attracted eight teams representing young hospitality managers of the future from all over Ireland. The 29th IHI Business Management Game, which took place in the AVIVA Stadium, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 is also supported by Irish Hotels Federation, HOTS and Forás na Gaeilge.
At the presentation of the awards, Captain Kate Beahan, on behalf of other members (Caroline Millar, Lisa Brady, Honorata Waraksa and Lara Elise Creighton) spoke of the team’s delight in winning the overall prize which is a special gourmet experience at the Michelin star Chapter One Restaurant in Dublin’s Parnell Square. There, award-winning Chef, Ross Lewis will devise a special tasting lunch for the winners, showcasing what makes Chapter One such a celebrated destination. Each course will be carefully paired with wines specifically chosen by Febvre, and Chapter One sommelier, Ed Jolliffe, courtesy of wine importers Febvre and Company. The Awards and Certificates were presented by Nicky Logue FIHI, President of IHI; Fiacra Nagle, Managing Director, Compass Group Ireland and Joanne Hayes, National On-Trade Key Accounts Manager of Febvre & Company and Tim Fenn, CEO Irish Hotels Federation.
Competition, as usual, was intense. Game participants spent two days devising a strategy for their business while managing financial constraints aligned to other challenges which reflected the specific concerns facing our industry today. HOTS provided an online programme developed to pitch for Irish business in clearly identified target markets, working within achievable budgets and using the marketing tools available to deliver results.
The winning team, under the tutorage of John Ryan & Clem Ryan, competed with seven others including Institutes of Technology from Galway-Mayo, Dublin, Letterkenny and Tralee as well as Shannon College of Hotel Management for the top prize. Judging took place over two days and the adjudication panel was made up of senior members of the Irish tourism and hospitality industry, under the chairmanship of Martin Mangan, General Manager of The Conrad Hotel, Dublin 2. Also on the judging panel were Martina Flood, Operations Manager Sport & Leisure, AVIVA Stadium Events and Liz Kennedy Burke, Kennedy Burke & Associates.
Natasha Kinsella FIHI, Chief Executive of the Irish Hospitality Institute, speaking at the awards ceremony said: We are delighted with the new support provided by Compass Group Ireland and this new venture has provided a very different element to the game with a focus specific to contract catering & event management. In line with this all competitors demonstrated a clear ability and an excellent understanding of how to achieve these goals and, irrespective of the individual results, will leave the games with a template that can and will work, through adjustment, for many years to come. Their innovative thoughts and solutions leave us very confident about the calibre of our managers of the future. The future of the Irish hospitality and tourism industry is in safe hands!”