Everyone working or studying in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry is welcome to join our network. Starting from Affiliate level, you will progress through different grades of membership in line with your career and professional development. Having the letters AIH, MIH and FIH after your name, is professional recognition of your qualifications, work experience and career achievements. As soon as you join, you will be invited to have your grade assessed to gain that status and recognition you deserve.
The grade of Affiliate is assigned initially to everyone when joining the Institute. Affiliate members are normally those studying for a qualification in hospitality, leisure or tourism or those new to working in the industry or suppliers within the industry. At this grade you will have access to most of the same benefits as AIH/MIH/FIH members but you do not have any letters after your name and you cannot vote or hold office.
Associate membership is for entry level managers working in a post directly concerned with the hospitality, leisure and tourism industries. They will typically be recent graduates, or hold another qualification plus some management experience in the industry.
Members will have gained appropriate qualifications and training, together with experience in a management or senior management post directly concerned with the hospitality or related industries.
Fellowship of the Institute of Hospitality recognises the importance and expertise of the most senior members of hospitality, leisure and tourism industries. Members (MIH) who have been with the Institute for over 5 years are eligible to apply for Fellowship.
Applications for upgrading to Fellowship need to be supported by two Fellows of the Institute, who have known the applicant for at least three years. Referees must not be members of the applicant’s immediate family circle. The Supervisory Board may, at its discretion, accept three references from those who are not Fellows of the Institute, provided they hold senior management positions in the industry, and have known the applicant for at least three years immediately preceding the application. Again, referees must not be members of the applicant’s immediate family circle.
New Fellows also now need to agree to take part in our mentoring programme and mentor at least one student or new entrant to the industry within the first year of their Fellowship.