The Irish Hospitality Institute (IHI), the professional body for managers within the hospitality and tourism industry in Ireland, has announced the appointment of Brian Bowler FIHI as the 29th President of the organisation.

A native of Kerry, Brian grew up in his family’s B&B in Dingle and he began his management career in Killarney and held senior management roles with hotel brands such as The Brehon, Carton House as well as Choice Hotels Ireland and The Great Southern Hotel group. While in Kerry he was involved in the creation of the Kerry Tourism Strategy & Action Plan 2016 – 2022, the Kerry branch of the Irish Hotel Federation and was President of SKAL Kerry.

In his role as GM of Cork’s The Montenotte Hotel, since 2017, Brian has played a role in the region as Chair of Munster District and Deputy President of the Irish Hospitality Institute and is the first Kerry native to serve as President since the organisation was founded in 1966.

The main priority for Brian’s two-year presidency term will be to focus on retention, the promotion and development of careers and continuous professional development of hospitality professionals.

Brian said: “I am so proud and honoured to be leading the IHI in what will be a pivotal time for our industry and for our people. I hope to continue this legacy, to nurture the next generation of hospitality professionals, helping them flourish and deliver world class experiences, as we welcome guests through our doors once more.”

Brian added: “Throughout this crisis the IHI has been on the forefront of supporting our industry professionals, providing training and development opportunities and virtual networking sessions to stay connected with our members. As we transition back to full operations, we will continue to be central in supporting and connecting hospitality professionals, as we rebuild our industry and our people once again. Retention and recruitment of talent will be key to the future recovery of our industry.”

Speaking on the appointment, National Executive Officer of the IHI Tina Maree said: “As the professional body for managers within the hospitality and tourism industry, it is important to us that our sector and our people are recognised for the valuable contribution they make to the Irish economy and to our island internationally. Having a President like Brian, who is so people focussed in everything that he does, will be so important for our members going into the next two years as we face the future, with confidence, together.”

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