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Welcome to the Northern Ireland Branch

I am immensely proud to have been re-elected as chair for the forthcoming year.
The Committee and I will continue to promote the wonderful hospitality profession in Northern Ireland, and beyond, as well as working to assist our valued members. The NI Branch are particularly involved in working with local industry partners in promoting and raising the profile of the Northern Ireland hospitality, tourism and leisure profession. Tourism growth has risen year on year since our troubled past with over 1000 hotel bedrooms added to the Northern Ireland footprint in 2018. There are further plans to add another 3000 before 2021.

We have a very exciting year ahead and are especially looking forward to the 25th anniversary of the Institute of Hospitality (NI Branch) Awards for Professionalism which will take place in May 2020. Our Silver Jubilee year promises to be the best one yet. Our awards recognise the most dedicated and passionate individuals working across Northern Ireland’s ever-expanding hospitality industry.

Under 16s in Northern Ireland make up almost 25% of the population which is more young people than anywhere else in the UK. Therefore, the focus for the NI committee surrounds attracting and retaining our young people to the hospitality, tourism and leisure industries by promoting it as a career of choice and not the job of last resort.

Read about our Student Conference, which took place in September 2019.

Nominations have now closed for the 25th Institute of Hospitality Northern Ireland Awards for Professionalism.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, the awards event has been postponed this year. A new date will be announced in due course.

Marianne Hood FIH

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Branch Committee Contacts

Contact Position Email Address
Marianne Hood FIH Chairman
Eoin McGrath MIH Vice Chair
Caitriona Lennox MIH Secretary
Aaron Logan MIH Treasurer


IoH Southern Branch Zoom event

8 July, 2020, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Yorkshire Day Afternoon Tea & Networking Event

31 July, 2020, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm