BUILDING upon recent successes enjoyed by the organisation, including its highest-ever membership rate and undisputed role as a leading voice of its sector, Greater Glasgow Hoteliers Association is set to embark upon the next phase of its evolution.
Jamie Stevens, regional general manager of the Village Hotels in Scotland, and Janice Fisher, general manager of Ibis Glasgow City Centre Hotel, have been appointed joint chairs of Greater Glasgow Hoteliers Association (GGHA) and Majdi Orifij, general manager of Ibis Budget Hotel Glasgow, will work closely alongside Janice and Jamie in his new role as treasurer.
They take over GGHA in its currently strong position from which to represent the interests of the Greater Glasgow accommodation providers who directly employ an estimated 30,000 people in and around the city.
The organisation now also plays a key role within many influential city bodies, including the Industry Leadership Group which identifies opportunities to further strengthen Glasgow’s tourism and events sector to ensure it maintains its position as a key destination for business and leisure.
The incoming leadership team are ideally suited to their new roles, bringing a wealth of experience gained over 65 years with leading independent and multi-national hotel groups, including Accor Hotels, Hilton, IHG and Malmaison.
Now firmly ensconced in their new roles, Fisher, Stevens and Orifij plan to build on GGHA’s success with an ambitious agenda of objectives which include continuing the strong partnerships with GCMB now part of Glasgow Life and collaborating with Glasgow Welcomes and Tennents Training Academy to ensure all hotels have targeted training opportunities for the talent of the future and Glasgow Ambassadors.
The new leadership team firmly believe ‘People Make Glasgow’, so, to make sure Glasgow’s welcome will always be one to remember, Stevens and Fisher have launched a new scheme whereby future training for GGHA members can be either free or subsidised.
Jamie Stevens notes: “Membership fees will be used to offer eight free courses per year. GGHA members will also be offered discounted rates for additional courses booked through Tennants Training Academy, thereby, supporting a local firm which offers bespoke training facilities specifically for hospitality professionals.
“The training academy is also a great supporter of initiatives to help unemployed people find work and GGHA will be partnering with them in securing placements.”
Janice Fisher adds: “We are also keen to foster closer links with other bodies of influence, including the City Council, GCMB, VisitScotland and the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, so, to that end, GGHA has established sub-committees to ensure a constant focus on key relationships that benefit not just hotels, but Glasgow as a whole.”
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