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Seychellois students on winning team in hospitality competition

The IHI Business Management Game is Ireland’s most prestigious hospitality management student competition.

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The IHI Business Management Game is Ireland’s most prestigious hospitality management student competition. This year’s winning team of five students from Shannon College of Hotel Management includes two Seychellois students: Michele Andre and Rose-May Payette.

Nine teams of hospitality students representing colleges and institutions around Ireland took part in the Business Management Game organized by the IHI (Irish Hospitality Institute). The Shannon College team scored top marks and was announced as the outright winner of the competition. The Shannon College team included Captain, Helena Rowe, and other team members: Rose-May Payette, Michele Andre, Alexander Muir, and David Brosnan. The team was tutored by Shannon College lecturers Deborah O’Hanlon and Sean T. Ruane.

The winning team will take part in a two-day tutored trip to Champagne Taittinger’s historic Château de la Marquetterie and Vineyards in Reims, North East France, courtesy of wine importers Febvre and Company. Game participants spent two days devising a strategy, planning and managing a fictitious hospitality business in a simulated Irish business environment, reflecting current economic and social constraints. HOTS provided an online program specifically developed to pitch for Irish business in a highly-competitive environment where realistic operating budgets were of paramount importance, most especially in the area of quality service standards, and environmental and social challenges. In addition, Unilever Food Solutions and Net Affinity, both patrons of the IHI, also supported the game while presenting a practical challenge for all teams to work through in areas of food waste and social media, both current and very relevant topical issues within the industry.

Michele Andre is a Year 4 student from the Seychelles who started her studies in the Shannon College of Hotel Management in 2008. She will start her final year work placement in July and is due to graduate next year. Rose-May Payette successfully completed the Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management at the Seychelles Tourism Academy last year. She is one of fourteen Seychelles Tourism Academy students currently completing their Bachelor of Business Studies in International Hotel Management at Shannon College of Hotel Management.

Elsia Grandcourt, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, said that the efforts by the board’s Tourism Academy was to get better trained young men and women for tourism, the industry that remains the pillar of the Seychelles economy. “The Tourism Board is conscious that Seychelles needs to train and continue to train its workforce so that we, as a country, are better prepared to care for our industry and the discerning visitors landing on our shores for their dream holidays. This is why we are currently building a purpose-built Tourism Academy. We believe in our industry, and we will continue to do all we can to consolidate our tourism industry. Today, we are proud to see two of our Academy students making their mark in Ireland. They are making us proud, and on behalf of Seychelles, I say congratulations to both Michele Andre and Rose-May Payette,” Elsia Grandcourt said.

PHOTO (L to R) – Seated: Rose-May Payette; Phillip J. Smyth, Director of Shannon College; Michele Andre; Rear: Deborah O’Hanlon, Operations Manager at Shannon College; Alexander Muir; Helena Rowe; David Brosnan; Sean T. Ruane, Tourism Lecturer at Shannon College.

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