DIT students win Irish Hospitality Institute ‘Business Management Game”

l to r:   John Mulcahy, Head, Food Tourism, Education & Standards, Fáilte Ireland, Fergal O'Connell, FIHI, President IHI, Gregory Alken, Director Febvre & Company, Michael Vaughan, President, Irish Hotels Federation, and  DIT winning Team Michael Wirz, Erica McLoughlin-Tighe, Emer Mulcahy (Captain), Katie Clarke and Muireann Ni Laoi.


13 March 2013:  A team of five students of Hospitality Management, representing DIT, was selected as the outright winner of the 2013 Irish Hospitality Institute (IHI) Business Management Game, in association with Fáilte Ireland and Champagne Taittinger.  The team scored top marks in the competition that attracted eight teams from all over Ireland.


Competition was intense as Game participants spent two days devising a strategy to plan and manage a fictitious hospitality business in a simulated Irish business environment, reflecting the specific challenges facing the industry today.  Judging took place over two days, with an adjudication panel made up of senior members of the Irish tourism and hospitality industry chaired by Nicky Logue, Deputy President of the IHI and Director and General Manager of Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel.

Natasha Kinsella, CEO of the IHI, said “The challenges presented in this year’s Busienss Game were specifically developed to achieve results in targeting GB visitors to our individual businesses and areas…..  All competitors demonstrated a clear ability and an excellent understanding of how to achieve these goals and, irrespective of the individual results, will leave the games with a template than can and will work, through adjustment, for many years to come.  Their innovative thoughts and solutions leave us very confident about the calibre of our managers of the future.  The future of the Irish hospitality and tourism industry is in safe hands!”


At the presentation of the awards, captain of the DIT team Emer Mulcahy said the team members were absolutely delighted with their prize of a 3.day tutored trip to Champagne Taittinger’s historic Chateau de la Marquetterie and vineyards in Reims, North East France, courtesy of wine importers Febvre and Co. 

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