The Last Word

The Last Word with Yvonne McIlree, director of sales and marketing at Titanic Hotel Belfast

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS ROLE?
Seven months. Titanic Hotel Belfast opened in September 2017, and the management team was brought on board three months prior to the grand opening. It has been an incredible experience to be part of the launch of the world’s most authentic Titanic-themed hotel, right in the heart of where she was designed, Harland & Wolff and these historic docklands.

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY?
I review my activity (set in advance) for that day, in order of priority, and try and stick to it as much as possible. I try and keep daytime activity as sales focused as possible – communicating and engaging with existing and potential clients; sales calls and site visits for everything from conferences to wedding days. I call it my ‘selling time’. Then in the evening I would catch up with emails and administration work.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
A restaurant cashier in a hotel restaurant.

ENTERTAINMENT:
FAVOURITE TV SHOW: Long Lost Family
FAVOURITE FILM: Schindler’s List
FAVOURITE ALBUM CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: Depeche Mode, The Singles 86-98
FAVOURITE BAND: Pink Floyd
LAST BOOK READ: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
FAVOURITE CELEBRITY: Simon Cowell

SOCIAL:
FAVOURITE FOOD: Spanish/Paella
FAVOURITE RESTAURANT: Café Anduluz (Glasgow)
LAST HOTEL YOU STAYED AT: The Radisson Blu St. Helens, Dublin
LAST BAR/NIGHTCLUB YOU VISITED: The Croft Bar (Glasgow)
FAVOURITE PLACE IN WORLD: Glasgow
INDOOR CONCERT OR FESTIVAL: Maritime Festival, Belfast
LAST HOLIDAY: Tenerife

DRINKS:
FAVOURITE HOT DRINK: Coffee
FAVOURITE SOFT DRINK: Sparkling water
BEER OR CIDER: Beer
WHITE OR RED WINE: Red wine
WHISKEY OR BRANDY: Whiskey
GIN OR VODKA: Gin
COCKTAILS OR BUBBLY: Bubbly

WHAT FOUR PEOPLE WOULD YOU INVITE TO A DINNER PARTY?
Simon Cowell, Jack Black, David Hasselhoff, Tony Robbins

ONE ITEM YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
Mobile phone

WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL JOB?
Creative writer

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE?
Sandra Bullock

FAVOURITE QUOTE?
“Look in the mirror, that’s your competition.”

THE MOST IMPORTANT LIFE LESSON YOU’VE LEARNT?
“BY FAILING TO PREPARE, YOU ARE PREPARING TO FAIL!” NEVER “WING IT”.

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