Debbie Sadd has been invited to appear on the Julian Clegg Show on Radio Solent on 21st December for a special show to celebrate the Olympics.
Debbie was heavily involved with Olympics Games this year, as not only was she a lucky enough to be chosen to be a torch bearer, she also volunteered at the games.
Debbie will be joining other people that were involved in the Olympics for the special show.
Debbie said that she was “Excited and keen to hook up with other Games Makers and torch bearers” and was very much looking forward to the experience.
Make sure you listen out next week to hear Debbie!Read More
Four Hospitality Management students have been chosen to serve HRH Princess Anne during her royal visit today at the University.
The students, Harry Watts, Sarah Carter, Mhairi Stachan and Cameron McGlone will serve HRH Princess Anne canapés during her visit.
We will bring you all the new of her visit soon.Read More
Dr. Jeff Bray contributes to a debate on BBC radio into the impact of counterfeit products on UK consumers and retailers.
Dr. Jeff Bray from our Retail Management team contributed today to a debate on BBC radio into the impact of counterfeit products on UK consumers and retailers.
The discussion was triggered by the seizure of a large shipment of counterfeit clothing and jewellery at Southampton docks at the weekend.
Dr. Bray identified that it is estimated that some £100bn of counterfeit trade occurs each year & while some consumers may see an opportunity to to find a bargain, counterfeit goods are often of poorer quality and possibly even dangerous having not been subjected to the legislative controls that legitimate goods will have.
They evade normal taxes, and can inflict significant damage to the value of the brands that they are copying. While it is big business, efforts to detect and catch the import of counterfeit goods has been stepped up in recent years leading to record seizures.Read More
So this morning the inevitable news that we have been waiting for for a long time… Tesco is to launch a strategic review of their American ‘Fresh & Easy’ chain. Let’s be clear, you don’t launch a strategic review to then carry on as normal; sale or closure will result. And about time too I would say… I have long been clear that their investment into America was ill conceived almost to the point of a dereliction of the senior managements duty to maximise shareholder value (that is their primary goal after all).
Tesco’s have invested some £1bn in developing the chain in a country that already has the most sophisticated retail sector in the world with the greatest degree of market saturation and very limited growth opportunities. They would have done far better to invest this cash into developing markets that hold fewer competitors and greater growth opportunities - what about Vietnam, Cambodia, further investment into India & China etc. etc. Their withdrawal was inevitable to me from the very first day they arrived – & you’ll be thinking ‘it’s easy to say that now’, but if you read my posts on here from 8th May 2001, 9th June 2011, 31st August 2011 & 20th Feb 2012 you’ll see that I have, along with many market commentators, been consistently of this view.
The markets have responded positively to the news, Tesco’s share price has risen by 2.8% today so far representing a £673m rise in company value – clear investors like the move. We’ll be here again though, corporate arrogance will lead to other bid strategic errors that will appear obvious to the outsider but senior management will be blinded by their egos.
This week the Digital Destinations project, that launched back in October (See here), started its seminars with businesses and students.
The aim of the project is to capture change in the adoption and use of digital technologies and to develop a strong, competitive local tourism economy. Through increased understanding and use of emerging digital technologies, tourism businesses will be in a position to increase their marketing and management effectiveness, and develop new products and services that will provide an enhanced experience for visitors to their destinations.
Each business is appointed a final year E-Marketing student who will eventually come up with an online marketing strategy for them.
This week saw the start of four seminars that each business will attend with their allocated student.
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Professor Adele Ladkin from the School of Tourism delivers Keynote address at the International Hospitality and Tourism Research Conference, Sörenberg, Switzerland
Professor Adele Ladkin was an invited keynote speaker at the International Hospitality and Tourism Research Conference organised by the Hotel and Tourism Management Institute (HTMi) in Sörenberg, Switzerland. The conference took place over two days in November 2012, with the first day being held in Luzern and the second day at the HTMi campus in Sörenberg. The theme of the conference was ‘Preparing hospitality and tourism professionals for challenging and changing times’ which included two strands, 1) Learners, industry and educational institutions: together preparing for futures in hospitality and tourism and 2) The challenges of changing products and changing patterns of demand for hospitality and tourism.
Professor Ladkin’s speech was entitled ‘The people aspect of the tourism industry: current human resource trends and challenges’. Dr. Ross Tinsley from HTMi opened the conference, and other keynotes were given by Professor Mike Osbourne, Professor of Adult and Lifelong learning from the University of Glasgow, And Mr. Yves Givel, Head of Performance and Talent Management, Hyatt Hotels Corporation.
The two days gave participants from academic, industry and HTMi students the opportunity to share ideas and participate in discussions. Presentations by students were given on the second day of the conference, with hospitality and event management students taking part in the conference organization and facilitation. Professor Ladkin says “human resources are an integral part of the tourism and hospitality industry and this was an excellent opportunity to learn about current issues and practices in developing people to work in the sectors”.Read More