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A Night to Remember – 18th Annual Janus Awards!

Stephem Meldrum

Stephen Meldrum – Chairman of  Institute of Hospitality speaks to Hospitality Review (NI) ahead of the 18th Annual Janus Awards for Professionalism.
The Awards Ceremony & Dinner will take place on Friday 17th May, in Hastings Culloden Estate & Spa.

What made you decide to get involved with the Institute of Hospitality (IOH)?
In 2011, I was very fortunate to be awarded ‘Hotelier of the Year’ for large business at the 16th Annual Janus Awards.  Soon thereafter I was approached by the Institute and asked if I would be interested in being involved in promoting the positive image of the organisation.  I was delighted to be asked, and I recognised the very worthwhile part which the Institute plays in the

hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industries. By joining the IOH, not
only could I see how it would develop and further my career, but equally
support industry professional standards and enjoy Continuing Professional
Development (CPD) throughout my career. I love this fabulous industry, and any opportunity I can to promote it and develop it, is very important to me.

What does your role involve as Chairman of IOH?
My role as Chairman of the IOH Northern Ireland is, in the first instance
to represent our members, to provide support to them, and to enhance and
develop the positive image of the Institute and the industries for which it
represents. Every month, I chair regional meetings with our nominated committee members in exploring areas for the promotion of the IOH, and organising events such as the Student Conference, not to mention the Janus Awards –one of the industries largest and most prestigious events.

Tell us a bit about the Janus Awards?
Since its conception in 1995, the Janus Awards have played an integral part in identifying and acknowledging unparalled excellence amongst our hospitality & tourism professionals.  Their unwavering contribution and dedication is to be commended and applauded. The service, warmth of welcome and passion that these individuals deliver demonstrates why

Northern Ireland is a destination of choice. Now in its 18th year, this prestigious Awards evening continues to grow from strength to strength. With 130 nominations received and over 60 finalists across 16 categories, this year’s event promises to be an amazing evening of celebration.

How important do you feel awards like this are, recognising the efforts of local people and businesses, particularly in these ongoing challenging times?
I believe these awards play a huge importance, particularly in the backdrop of these ongoing challenging times. There has been so much publicity
surrounding businesses which have, or are, in financial difficulty that as an
organisation, any opportunity we can get to promote a positive image is vital
in the industry’s ongoing success. We have very talented individuals
working in these industry sectors, and it is very rewarding when you are able
to recognise their achievements and reward their professional success.
As an organisation, we also see these awards as an opportunity to engage
with the education and awarding bodies, and provide an interface between the education sector and the hospitality sector. After all, succession
planning is vital for the future success of our industry.

What are you looking forward to most about the awards itself?
If you were to ask what I am not looking forward to, it would be MYSPEECH!! However, on a serious note, I am looking forward to being able to reward industry professionals for exemplary levels of service, management understanding, and overall contribution to this fantastic industry.

I, myself was rewarded for my contribution, back in 2011 and the
feeling that this recognition gives is something that money can’t buy. I am looking forward to giving 15 other well-deserved individuals that same
feeling of pride. I also must add that all 60 plus finalists should be extremely proud of their achievements, and the night is equally an opportunity to congratulate them.

I wish all the finalists the best of luck, and the greatest of success in their professional careers.

 

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