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Let’s talk jobs at Big Hospitality Conversation event

Roisin McKee, Director of People 1st in Northern Ireland; Ciaran O’Neill, President of Northern Ireland Hotels Federation and operator of Bishop’s Gate Hotel in Derry-Londonderry; Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association and architect of the Big Hospitality Conversation; Marc Mallett, Compère and Janice Gault, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Hotels Federation.

Roisin McKee, Director of People 1st in Northern Ireland; Ciaran O’Neill, President of Northern Ireland Hotels Federation and operator of Bishop’s Gate Hotel in Derry-Londonderry; Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association and architect of the Big Hospitality Conversation; Marc Mallett, Compère and Janice Gault, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Hotels Federation.

Roisin McKee, Director of People 1st in Northern Ireland; Ciaran O’Neill, President of Northern Ireland Hotels Federation and operator of Bishop’s Gate Hotel in Derry-Londonderry; Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association and architect of the Big Hospitality Conversation; Marc Mallett, Compère and Janice Gault, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Hotels Federation.

Employers from the Hospitality, Catering and Tourism sector took part in The Big Hospitality Conversation, on Tuesday 15th March at the Europa Hotel, Belfast.

The event ran alongside an industry specific job fair with over 500 jobs on offer. The Big Hospitality Conversation was organised by the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation (NIHF), the British Hospitality Association (BHA) and People 1st. The event brought employers, employees and those who want a job together. Employers provided advice on how to succeed in this fast-growing sector and job seekers had the opportunity to speak directly to those who have done just that.

The 2015 occupancy figures for Northern Ireland’s hotel sector indicate that the industry is experiencing growth. They showed an average occupancy of 74.1%, up 2.4% on 2014 figures and average daily room rates of £63.90, an 8.2% increase on 2014’s rates, and average revenue of £47.36 per room, a 10.9% increase on 2014’s figures.

There are also a significant number of new hotel projects in the planning and development phases, with over 20 in Belfast and three in Derry-Londonderry alone.

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