Industry visits are a key feature of Glion education. Our connections with hospitality businesses means we often have presentations, conferences and recruitment opportunities from leading hospitality organizations. One such business is Guoman Hotels, who visited our Glion London campus on Tuesday 21st November. Guoman discussed their ever-growing range of hotels, their plans for the future and the internship opportunities they have for our students.
What Guoman offer
Guoman Hotels are an exciting, modern hotel group. They own a range of luxury hotels in London, including The Grosvenor Hotel, The Tower Hotel and The Royal Horseguards Hotel. They also redevelop and renovate their hotels, with The Cumberland Hoteltransforming into the Hard Rock Hotel in 2018. The 900-bedroom hotel will be London’s first Hard Rock Hotel, and will join establishments in New York and Berlin.
Our guest speakers came from The Tower Hotel. Dries Gadeyne works as Front House Manager, while Bogdan Gheaus is Director of Food and Beverage. Their presentation focused on their hotel and the internships they could offer to our students. The hotel hosts a range of events, with recent ones including the Virgin London Marathon. Dries says that is just part of everyday life at the hotel. “Sometimes we have three weddings a week, with 550 guests attending each,” he said. “We are always fully booked during the Christmas period, while other hotels have only 20 per cent occupancy.”
Why London is the place to be
Dries believes that London has a lot of opportunities for hospitality students. “London is the hospitality capital of the world. You will find the best hotels here,” he said. “There are so many opportunities in London. There are many hotels opening every month, which means the competition is high. You always have to stay at the top of your game.”
Additionally, Dries also thinks that students gain vital experience in London. “With the right skills, you will develop quickly here,” he said. “We have had a lot of success stories when it comes to students working with us.”
Our speakers also spoke about the internships they could offer. They often look for students to fill roles in Front of House, Meetings and Events, and Food and Beverage departments. Dries looks for a number of traits in his interns, like energy, charisma and respect. He also wants them to be sociable. “Remember, it’s a people business,” he said. “We don’t expect you to have all the skills and experience. We will teach you.”
Dries highlighted what an internship with them would be like. “There’s no difference between students and employees. You will get the same training and have the same responsibilities,” he said. “We allow you to come up with suggestions. We don’t need to get permission to implement new ideas as we are unique
“When you do an internship with us, you will be part of our success.”
These private company visits are fantastic opportunities for our students. They learn from professionals and hear about internship opportunities. It was great to see a large group of students ready with questions, having already conducted research on Guoman.
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