Martin Mangan MIHI, General Manger, The Conrad Hotel, Dublin will oversee the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the IHI during his presidency. A focus of his term in office will be to ensure membership growth, enhanced partnership and alliances with additional Patrons, the continuous development of its membership base with a greater regional spread with a clear emphasis on attracting younger members and re-invigorating the Young IHI.
During his term as President Martin will focus on what he sees as the key strategic priorities of the institute, networking, recognition, mentoring and continuous professional development.
One key initiative undertaken by the IHI in 2015 is the completion of “Tourism Insight”, our new Online Transition Year Programme aimed at showcasing the job opportunities within the industry to school students at an early age. “Tourism Insight” has been developed by IHI in conjunction with Institute of Technology Tralee and is supported by Fáilte I
reland (with other involvement from DIT, Shannon & Griffith)”. The programme’s aim is to inform Guidance Counsellors & Transition Year Students about the Hospitality & Tourism sector as a career choice. “We have already linked with over 150 schools, and the majority of these have indicated interest in participating as part of their Transition Year”.
While the basic tourist offer has not changed since the foundation of the Irish Hospitality Industry, the opportunities within the industry are expanding all the time. It is the aim of the IHI to be at the forefront of professionalism in all new sectors of the industry.
During the coming two years, Martin together with the new board of the IHI looks forward to delivering on this vision.
IHI Board Members:
Martin Cassidy Deputy President IHI, General Manager, Cassidy’s Hotel
Vincent O’Gorman, Treasurer IHI, General Manager, The Westbury Hotel
Fiacra Nagle, MD, Compass Group Ireland
Sharon Power Cowley, Director, Net Affinity
Matt Muller, General Manager, Abbey Court Hotel
Mary Rose Stafford, Institute of Technology Tralee
Dominic Dillane, Head of School, Tourism and Hospitality Management, DIT
Fiona Teehan, General Manager, Pembroke Townhouse
Philip Smyth, Director, Shannon College of Hotel Management
Stephen Hanna, General Manager, Camden Court Hotel
Majella Mullhall, Programme Head, International Hospitality Management, Griffith College Dublin
Ciaran Murtagh, Deputy Manager, Slieve Donard Hotel
Margaret Byrnes, Director RedD
Joe Higgins, Operations Manager, Guinness Storehouse
Ewan Plenderleith, Chair of College of Fellows, General Manager, The Herbert Park Hotel