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Students impress hotel experts to excel in Hospitality Business Challenge

Final year Hospitality Business Management students wow senior hotel practitioners with impressive industry pitches as part of the hotel operations tactics and strategy simulation competition.

Students impress hotel experts to excel in Hospitality Business Challenge

Final year Hospitality Business Management students wow senior hotel practitioners with impressive industry pitches as part of the hotel operations tactics and strategy simulation competition. Two teams will go on to compete in the national competitions in London in March 2017.

Final year Hospitality Business Management degree students from the School of Tourism, Events and Hospitality Management competed in the Hospitality Business Challenge on Friday 9th December 2016 at Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester.

The students completed a seven-hour business challenge in the Hotel Operations Tactics and Strategy (HOTS) simulation activity and a series of business related presentations pitched to a tough senior management panel. The panel consisted of leading branded hospitality practitioners from across the industry including Gaynor Black, Director at Mere Golf Resort & Spa; Ryan Thompson, Commercial Manager at Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester; Pamela Reckert, Director of Sales at Manchester Victoria & Albert Hotel; Cameron McNeillie, General Manager at Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel and Gary Johnson, General Manger at Mere Golf Resort & Spa.

Four teams battled it out to plan and implement the best strategy to recover a failing hotel business. The four teams were quizzed and probed throughout the day on their knowledge and application of hospitality business strategy, marketing and sales, finance, operations and people management.

It was a close fought battle, but the overall winners were ‘Royal Continental’, demonstrating an excellent level of organisation, planning and strategy. ‘Hotel Green’ were a very close runner up who also demonstrated a high level of professionalism and knowledge. Both teams will now represent Manchester Met in the National University event facilitated by the Institute of Hospitality, Passion4Hospitality (P4H) on the 13th March 2017 in London.
In addition to the very positive comments received, the panel will sponsor both teams at the event in London, which is a fantastic endorsement of the calibre and professionalism demonstrated by the students. The Hospitality Business Challenge 2016 was facilitated by Chris Mitchell and Stewart Morrell from the Manchester Met Faculty of Business and Law and hosted by Ryan Thompson at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester.

Chris Mitchell, Principal Lecturer in Hospitality Management said: “This experiential learning opportunity was competitive by nature, and hard work deserves valuable and just rewards. The competitive element of the competition really challenges the students but also brings focus them on what is required when delivering a business presentation to an industry panel. Our thanks go to those on the panel that gave time out of their busy schedules to judge the event.”

Excellent feedback was received from both panel members and participants:

‘A really enjoyable and indeed insightful day.”
Gaynor Black.

“I had a great day and found the students very knowledgeable of the day to day challenges in a hotel. The actual HOTS simulation itself I think is absolutely amazing and I have not stopped talking about it as I think the knowledge and experience that it gives the students is so valuable.”
Pamela Reckert

“I really liked the whole day, I can absolutely say that I learnt a lot and it is always a good practice for me to speak in front of an audience.”
Jessica Prett.

“Thanks for the amazing experience and networking opportunity at such a fabulous venue, we all enjoyed it a lot. Personally, it has made me more curious about strategy and business operations so I am happy to have learnt a lot from the event”
Naresh Ghale.

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