Home' Hotel Management : HM OCTOBER 2016 Contents There was another reason to celebrate the success of the 2016 HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation
Excellence, presented by Sealy Posturepedic, with over $30,000 raised for the Connie Johnson Fellowship
in Breast Cancer Research at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.
Connie Johnson, who is fighting terminal breast cancer, was a special guest speaker at the HM Awards
in Sydney and a moving speech saw over 150 people get up on stage and make a donation.
Connie's brother, actor Samuel Johnson, fronts the 'Love Your Sister' campaign, which was started
when Connie set her brother a challenge -- to set a new Guinness World Record for the most distance
travelled on a unicycle and raise $1 million and spread Connie's message of breast cancer awareness.
At the 2014 and 2015 HM Awards, over $75,000 was also raised and each bit helps Connie and Sam
reach their new goal, which is to raise $10 million.
On the night, a number of prizes were on o er to those who pledged a donation to the Connie Johnson
Fellowship in Breast Cancer Research.
Special thanks to the following hotels and suppliers that donated some amazing prizes, including:
I would like to start by congratulating all of
the nominees and recipients of the 2016 HM
Awards. The event was, once again, a great
success and it was fantastic to celebrate those
individuals and properties that are at the
forefront of the hospitality industry's ongoing
growth and success.
2016 marks the 25th anniversary for The Blue
Mountains International Hotel Management
School, and it's been a particularly busy
year for us. At the start of the year, we
joined forces with Torrens University to
become BMIHMS at Torrens University in
a move that will further our reach, strategic
leadership position in the field of hospitality
management education and enhance the
profile of BMIHMS both locally and globally.
This year, it was wonderful to see so many
of our alumni nominated at the HM Awards,
representing not only their brands but also
BMIHMS. Pericles Yiannakis, who graduated
in 2007, was jointly awarded the Concierge
category for his work as Chief Concierge at
the Sofitel Brisbane Central. Pericles is also
a member of the prestigious Les Clefs d'Or.
Many of our alumni were also recognised
for the properties they represent. All of
these alumni are incredibly hard working
and it's wonderful to see their e orts being
acknowledged by the industry in this way.
Coincidentally, employability and Innovation
have recently come to forefront of the political
agenda for the education industry, so it is
exciting to see hospitality becoming a career
of choice and being celebrated in such a way
at events like the HM awards. BMIHMS has
always put employability and Innovation at the
forefront of its teaching model through strong
partnerships with industry.
We pride ourselves on making sure our
students are work ready as soon as they
graduate, and it's no coincidence that 96% of
our graduates are in full-time employment
within three months of completing their studies.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank our
industry partners for giving our students such
fantastic industry placements, networking
opportunities, and guest lectures. It is through
these partnerships that we are able to make our
teaching model more real and engaging, and
that our reputation as the number one hotel
management school in Australia and Asia-Pacific
is maintained. This month, we also celebrated our
biggest graduation ever, with over 250 students
ready to embark on their professional careers.
We hope to see many of them being recognised
for rewarding careers at the HM Awards in the
future. Congratulations again to all of the winners
and nominees -- I'm proud to be part of such a
strong and talented industry and look forward to
seeing where the hospitality industry takes us next.
Love Your Sister
Hoteliers and suppliers dug deep at the 2016 HM Awards,
helping raise over $30,000 for the Garvan Institute of
Medical Research's Love Your Sister campaign.
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