Hoteliers Focus on People Development & Progressive Leadership

Thursday, June 06, 2024. 11:24pm
Hoteliers Focus on People Development & Progressive Leadership

Hoteliers Focus on People Development & Progressive Leadership

IHF Conference − Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise

Focusing on career development, leadership, wellbeing, inclusivity, AI and more, Irish hoteliers from across the country are gathering at the Midlands Park Hotel in Portlaoise today for the third annual Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) People Day Conference.

Exploring HR trends, innovative practices and strategies to develop a thriving workplace culture, the expert speaker lineup includes Performance Psychologist Caroline Currid, Broadcaster David Meade, Social Entrepreneur Dil Wickremasinghe, AI Ireland President Mark Kelly, Talent Development Leader Jonathan Logue and CEO of The Pudding Gillian Horan. A full programme including speakers for the conference is available HERE.

Michael Magner, IHF President, emphasises that passionate, empowered and supported people are the defining characteristic of any successful hotel or guesthouse, and are the key to long term, sustainable success.

“In our profession, we speak at length about the guest experience and take pride in the outstanding service and world-class welcome that we offer. Today, we take a step back from that and look at how we can best accommodate, encourage and enable the many wonderful people who have chosen a career in hospitality.

“Today’s event not only brings us together, but it also provides a platform to engage in meaningful discussions about vital issues within our sector. We have an exceptional line up of expert speakers, alongside panels of our peers, who will share their insights into how we can create a culture of inclusiveness, personal growth and innovation where our teams have the support they need to achieve their goals.

“This is an essential strategic objective for the IHF and an integral part of our focus on supporting career development and nurturing people within our sector. Right across the country hoteliers are investing in their teams, whether through bespoke education and training initiatives such as the IHF Skillnet programme, or through an increased focus on wellbeing, diversity and inclusion at work.

Commenting on the career opportunities in tourism, Mr Magner said: “A career in tourism presents a wide range of exciting options suitable for individuals at any stage of their working lives. One remarkable aspect of pursuing a career in our sector is the unparalleled flexibility it provides.

“We understand the growing demand for greater flexibility over work hours, especially among those re-entering the workforce, and hotels and guesthouses are uniquely positioned to accommodate these needs.”

A national database of live opportunities in the tourism industry is available at

IHF People Day is kindly supported by Alkimii, Fáilte Ireland and the IHF Skillnet.

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