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First Scotland Institute of Hospitality Newsletter published

First Scotland Institute of Hospitality Newsletter published

September 2021




August 2021


Welcome to our first IoH Scotland Branch newsletter

Welcome from Andrew Thomson MIH,
Chairman of Institute of Hospitality Scotland Branch

A big welcome to the first Institute of Hospitality (IoH) Scotland Branch monthly newsletter. We look forward to keeping you abreast of our latest branch events, and our work in Scotland. IoH membership and its unrivalled opportunities for Continuing Professional Development and networking have never been more important than they are now as we recover from the pandemic. With this in mind, we have some exciting and informative events planned over the next six months, which I hope many of you will be able to attend.


Diary of Events 


Book now for the following events:

17 September: Inaugural IoH Scotland Branch Golf Day
Venue:        Auchterarder Golf Club, Orchil Road, Auchterarder, Perthshire, PH13 1LS
Price:          £60 per person
Start:           9am
Finish:         4pm
                    Tel: +44 (0)131 555 8800
Enjoy a relaxed fun golf day with fellow IoH members and industry colleagues
Prizes will be offered for best individual performance and runner-up, best team, longest drive, nearest the pin, and a wooden spoon to the unlucky golfer with the lowest score! Also there will be an IoH Scotland fund-raising prize-draw raffle.
28 October 2021: Education – its role in the future of the hospitality industry
Venue:        City of Glasgow College
Price:           Free of Charge CPD event
Start:           4pm
Finish:         6.30pm
Bookings:   More details about the event and how to register will be published in
                     the September newsletter and on the IoH Scotland Branch website:
IoH Members and non-Members are invited to join us at Scotland’s first ‘super college’, to hear leading educators and industry experts discuss the role of education in the future of the hospitality industry.  It will be a great opportunity for networking while enjoying refreshments, and to take a tour of the state-of-the-art hospitality facilities at City of Glasgow College.
21 January 2022:  IoH Scotland Burns Night Supper & Special Break Package
Venue:                        4-star luxury Maryculter House, Aberdeen
Book now to get 2022 off to a flying start with a superb 4-course IoH Scotland Burns Night Supper and a great evening of entertainment at this historic Aberdeen hotel.
Start:                            6.45pm for 7.30 pm
Dress code:                 Touch of tartan

  •  Piper on arrival
  •  Traditional Burns toasts
  •  Highland dancing display
  •  Dancing to the Wayne Robertson Dance Band
  •  Soup and Aberdeenshire butteries on departure

Burns Supper price:   £60 per person, including VAT
Night of 21 January
Bed & Breakfast:  From £60 per room, including VAT
Extra Night Maryculter Burns Night break:
Why not extend your Burns Night celebrations? Arrive at The Maryculter House a day earlier on 20 January and visit the renowned Brewdog Brewery in the afternoon. After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, enjoy our tour of historic Crathes Castle. Then it’s lunch back at the hotel before an afternoon sampling the local Esker Gin supplied by the first ever gin distillery on Royal Deeside. Don’t worry, you will have plenty of time to recover and get ready for the Burns Night Supper!

The Extra Night Package:
Start:                         Check-in on morning of Thursday, 20 January
Afternoon visit:        Tour and tasting at renowned brewers Brewdog, at their flagship
                                   brewery in Ellon
Dinner price:             Not included in the price
20 Jan, B&B price:   From £60 per night per room
Friday morning:        Private tour of historic Crathes Castle
Friday lunch:             Included in the package price, hosted back at Maryculter                                                       House
Friday afternoon:     Gin tasting at the hotel courtesy of Esker, the first ever gin                                                     distillery on Royal Deeside
Price for tours & tasting:  £75 per person, including VAT and lunch on 20 January
Bookings:                    Events Co-ordinator Leigh-Anne McIntyre: Tel: 01224 732124



Auchterarder Golf Club



Maryculter House




         IoH Scotland relaunches Quaich education awards

The IoH Scotland Branch announces its relaunch of the popular ‘Quaich’ awards for top hospitality and tourism students.
Quaich awards are open to students studying hospitality and tourism management (SCQF Level 8 or above) at Scotland’s colleges and universities. Each entrant must be an enrolled student within the named college or university, and each educational establishment may define its own criteria for choosing the recipient of their IoH Quaich.
Winning students receive an engraved IoH Scotland Branch Quaich, an IoH Scotland certificate, a one-year membership of the Institute, and a £100 Amazon voucher. Industry sponsors plan to offer Quaich recipients the opportunity of work experience.
IoH Scotland is indebted to the generous support of sponsors who have made the Quaich awards relaunch possible:  Maryculter House hotel, Aberdeen; The Royal Yacht Britannia and The Fingal, Edinburgh; The Bonham Hotel, Edinburgh; Crerar Hotels; Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, St Andrews; Carnoustie Golf Hotel & Spa; and Murrayshall Country House Hotel, Perth.
“We are delighted by the response to the relaunch of our Quaich awards from Scotland’s hospitality and tourism industry and educational establishments,” said IoH Scotland Chairman Andrew Thomson. “Lockdown and a hard Brexit have resulted in the departure of many EU staff, leaving Scotland’s hospital and tourism industry in urgent need of a new cohort of talented hospitality and tourism students. We look forward to announcing the talented Quaich award winners in our future newsletters.”
The popular IoH Quaich awards were initiated back in 2009 by the IoH East of Scotland branch, now re-organised as IoH Scotland branch, covering the entire country.
For further information, contact: May M Stark MIH, Branch Secretary,
Institute of Hospitality Scotland Branch
Tel: +(0)7849 497939; Email:



Andrew Thomson







IoH Scotland Member Profile: Angus MacPherson

Angus MacPherson AIH, 22, recently graduated from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. He is putting theory into practice and gaining invaluable experience while working at the Fife Arms Hotel in Braemar
Why did you join the Institute of Hospitality (IoH)?
After being told about the Institute of Hospitality by my university supervisor, I decided to join the IoH. The association really appealed to me, giving me the opportunity to network, work with, and learn from experienced professionals representing all sectors of the hospitality industry. I knew this would prove invaluable for both my personal development and understanding of the industry.
In 2020, I was honoured to be invited by the IoH Scotland Branch to participate in an online panel discussion on the challenges facing future hospitality managers. This led to my becoming a member of the IoH Scotland Branch committee and being able to help others, who are also starting out on their hospitality careers.
How do you believe IoH membership can help support young people in their careers, especially at this very difficult time for the industry?
Membership of the IoH is a fantastic way of bringing passionate hospitality workers together, especially through the current tough times we are facing. Being part of the IoH has reassured me that our industry will thrive again, and the current demand for holidays in Scotland shows recovery is already happening.
What are your current ambitions within the industry?
My goal is to continue to try and excel in my current role and work towards gaining a management position. To achieve this, I want to ensure I never stop learning and improving by knowledge and skills so I can serve the industry to the best of my ability.
How would you persuade school and college/university leavers to pursue a management career in our industry?
It is such an exciting and varied industry, offering careers suited to most skills and abilities. Hospitality embraces everything from restaurants, hotels, and pubs, to contract catering, the armed forces, cruise ships, and facilities management. You can even run the hotel services aboard an oil rig!
There are careers for everyone, including specialisms in finance, revenue management, IT, HR, and sales and marketing. The beauty of our industry is that it offers fast promotion at an early age, and there is the added potential for international travel. These are all things you can’t readily get from many other industries. 






Welcome Alessandra Vignola AIH to the IoH Scotland Branch committee!

The IoH Scotland Branch committee welcomes our latest recruit Alessandra Vignola AIH, Operations Manager at the 4-star Novotel Birmingham City Centre Hotel.
Though she works in Birmingham, Alessandra’s hospitality training and career is firmly rooted in Scotland, with hospitality, travel and tourism qualifications gained at Glasgow Clyde College, Glasgow Caledonian University (BA Hons Degree) and hotel management work in Glasgow. In addition, she holds qualifications in digital marketing, leadership, energy efficiency, finance and risk management. Armed with such extensive knowledge, it is no surprise that Alessandra has also been involved in business consultancy in projects about circular economy within the city of Glasgow and the hospitality industry.
Alessandra began her career in 1996 in her native Verona, Italy, where she gained a Diploma in Travel and Tourism. Her first major job was reservations manager at Verona’s 5-star Hotel Due Torri, before moving to Glasgow, where her career included stints as Meeting and Events Supervisor at the Hilton Glasgow Hotel, Meeting and Events Manager at the then newly opened Radisson Red, and Breakfast and Lunch Manager at the Radisson Blu Hotel. Immediately prior to taking up her current appointment with Novotel, Alessandra was Food and Beverage Manager at the Hilton Garden Inn Glasgow.
“I am honoured to serve as an IOH Scotland Branch committee member,” she said. “Glasgow supported my personal and professional growth. Thanks to the IoH, I now have the chance to give back to the profession. My main branch objective will be to work with Scotland’s universities and colleges in raising awareness of the great benefits of IoH membership and, from personal experience, the Association’s mentoring programme”.

“I’m very excited about working with IoH Scotland chairman Andrew Thomson and the committee. I look forward to applying my industry experience and academic knowledge to test and suggest new ways to do hospitality business in a post-lockdown world – especially in light of the forthcoming COP26 international climate change conference in Glasgow.”




Find Out More about the Scotland Branch of the Institute of Hospitality


IoH Scotland Chairman Andrew Thomson MIH
Head of Hospitality, Events & Fingal
The Royal Yacht Britannia Tel: +44 (0)131 555 880





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