Hotel association’s new faces focus on training

Stevens and Fisher appointed joint chairs of GGHA

GGHA members will have access to cut price courses at Tennent’s Training Academy

The Greater Glasgow Hoteliers Association (GGHA) has appointed a new leadership team as it aims to improve access to industry training.

Jamie Stevens, regional general manager of the Village Hotels in Scotland and Janice Fisher, general manager of Ibis Glasgow City Centre Hotel, have been appointed joint chairs of GGHA, while Majdi Orifij, GM of Ibis Budget Hotel Glasgow, takes on the role of treasurer.

The incoming leadership team are said to have combined experience of over 65 years leading independent and multi-national hotel groups including Accor Hotels, Hilton, IHG and Malmaison.

As part of their new roles Fisher, Stevens and Orifij are said to have plans to build on GGHA’s partnership with Glasgow City Marketing Bureau while collaborating with Glasgow Welcomes and Tennent’s Training Academy to expand training opportunities for hotel staff, including subsidising training courses for GGHA members.

Stevens said GGHA membership fees will be used to offer eight free courses per year.

“GGHA members will also be offered discounted rates for additional courses booked through Tennant’s Training Academy, thereby supporting a local firm which offers bespoke training facilities specifically for hospitality professionals,” he said.

“The training academy is also a great supporter of initiatives to help unemployed people find work and GGHA will be partnering with them in securing placements.”