The 2014 Hotelier of the Year, Danny Pecorelli, has called on his industry colleagues to get behind hospitality colleges and training initiatives in order to shore up the talent pool for the future.
Speaking at the Hotelier of the Year lunch, sponsored by Casna Group and held at the Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel today, the managing director of Exclusive Hotels and Venues said that it was a lie that all the hospitality colleges weren't up to scratch. "There are some amazing colleges out there," he told an audience of 90 hoteliers. "Get involved - help them to help you and our amazing industry."
Pecorelli, an active member of the Master Innholders, highlighted a number of initiatives including the Ten out of Ten hotel management training programme run by Sue Williams, general manager of Cliveden, the Edge Hotel School, the work of Springboard led by Anne Pierce, the Aspiring Leaders Programme and the Master Innholders Scholarships as schemes that required constant support and input.
"So my plea to you is to get involved - it doesn't matter where, just get involved."
Reflecting on his award as Hotelier of the Year, Pecorelli said: "I am so very, very proud of this award because it has been voted for by my peers, a generation that I looked up to and inspired me to do better. Andrew McKenzie [the Vineyard Group] taught me how to make food and beverage the heartbeat of a hotel, Jonathan Raggett [Red Carnation Hotels] showed the importance of a relentless customer focus, and Andrew Stembridge [Chewton Glen and Cliveden House] who delivers almost annoying consistency at the highest level.
"But my biggest inspiration was my dad, a hotelier whose amazing journey started from a tough Italian background to run Forte hotels worldwide before he launched a family business and instilled in me the values I try and hold true today."
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