UWTSD’s School of Tourism and Hospitality hosts Young Hoteliers and Hospitality Conference


UWTSD’s School of Tourism and Hospitality hosted its first Young Hoteliers and Hospitality Conference at the Swansea Marriott Hotel. The event attracted 230 students from schools and colleges from all over South Wales.

Dr Maggie Inman, Head of UWTSD's Business School said: “The School of Hospitality and Tourism were delighted to host this event. It gave students a fantastic insight in to all the amazing opportunities available both in Wales and internationally for those who wish to study for, and pursue a career in, the Hospitality and Tourism industries.”

The keynote speaker at the conference was Andrew Campbell, chair of the Wales Tourism Alliance who spoke about a national and international perspective for the hospitality industry in Wales.

Paula Ellis, the CEO of the prestigious Retreats Group based in Pembrokeshire, spoke about redefining luxury using the luxury hotels of Twr Y Felin, the Priory and Roch Castle as examples of how to create an amazing experience for guests. Jacqui Jones of UWTSD spoke about the Little Nell Hotel Resort in Colorado.

Andrea Murdock, proprietor of the Commodore Hotel, Llandrindod Wells gave a very personal account of her career in the hospitality industry which followed her career in both the hotel industry and on cruise ships as well as talking about the purchase and development of the Commodore Hotel.

And Suzanne Wells explored the development of the Conference, Events and Festivals industry before Dr Huw Thomas and John Howells examined the topical issue of Sustainability and Social Responsibility from the tourism perspective and examined the role hotels must play in reducing CO2 emissions thereby helping to protect the environment.


Finally, in examining employability opportunities within the hotel and hospitality industry, Emily Williams, HR manager of the Swansea Marriott Hotel gave an overview of her career in the hotel industry outlining the many opportunities joining an international hotel company offered her. She told a story which emphasised the exciting possibilities now available for travel and enhancement within the hotel sector today.

Muhammad Cassamo of UWTSD also outlined his career development as a former student of BA International Hotel Management to currently working as a Sales and Recruitment Officer for the BA International Hotel Management degree whilst studying part-time for an MBA at the university. He gave an excellent insight into student life and noted the range of opportunities available to graduates of Hotel and Hospitality Management.

John Howells, Senior Lecturer in the School of Tourism and Hospitality concluded the conference by looking forward to the 2nd Young Hoteliers and Hospitality Conference in 2019.

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