The esteemed International Association of Hotel Schools (EUHOFA) Congress has been held in Sydney Australia for the first time.
Hosted by the Association of Australian Hotel Schools (AAHS), the congress was run by Australia’s leading hospitality tourism and event management institutions including William Blue College of Hospitality Management, International College of Management, Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, The Hotel School Sydney and the Australian College of Applied Education.
From Sunday 10th November, for five days, international delegates were taken on a journey through the Australian world of tourism and hospitality enjoying the finest in service, local flavours and entertainment, staying at Manly’s historical Q Station. This year’s congress is themed ‘Tastes, Visions, and Insights: an Australian perspective of hospitality and tourism education’ and features days packed with academic presentations, industry panels and exciting excursions including a trip to the Blue Mountains.
Jenny Jenkins, Director and Chair of the AAHS and General Manager of William Blue says; “This is a fantastic opportunity for EUHOFA to get an in-depth Australian industry perspective and for our schools to get more involved in this prestigious international organisation. The schools and students will be given a valuable opportunity to showcase their impeccable service standards and to gain valuable learning about the global tourism and hospitality industry” she continues.
Fusing the best of Australia from indigenous music to exquisite wines, the AAHS and their members will work to further reinforce all the benefits Australia has to offer. Throughout the congress William Blue College of Hospitality Management will facilitate a number of uniquely Australian experiences for the visitors including a ‘Dinner in the Vineyard’ evening, showcasing wines of the Hunter Valley region matched with a seasonal menu featuring premium Australian produce.
Keynote speakers are industry experts including Dr Anne Zahra of Waikato University (New Zealand), Professor J.S Perry Hobson of Taylor’s University (Malaysia), Jon Hutchison, Chair of Business Events Sydney and Joerg Boeckeler, the General Manager of InterContinental (Sydney) who will speak on topics from hospitality innovation and training to sustainable tourism and the future of the industry.
Melissa Ng, who is studying at William Blue College of Hospitality Management and is running the ‘Dinner in the Vineyard’ evening, comments; “As students, practical industry experience is crucial, so working on this event has been a fantastic platform for us to continue to develop and grow as hospitality providers.”
EUHOFA, founded in 1955, contributes to the constant improvement and progress of hospitality training and promotes achievement of its members in the tourism industry.