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HOSPA celebrates its ‘Outstanding Overall Learners’ at Annual Awards Ceremony

The hospitality industry’s top learners have been celebrated during an awards ceremony hosted by HOSPA – the hospitality professionals’ association – during which it also recognised the ‘Outstanding Overall Learners’ among its course participants.

The event, sponsored by Entegra Europe, took place on Thursday, 23rd January in the Screening Rooms at the Soho Hotel in London.

Recognising the hard work and aptitude of participants on HOSPA’s online professional development courses in Financial Management and Revenue Management, prizes were given to the standout learners in each of the three stages of both courses; totalling 12 prizes in all.

The awards for ‘Outstanding Overall Learners’ for 2019 were presented by HOSPA President, Harry Murray MBE. The Financial Management Learner of the Year – sponsored by FM Recruitment – was Sarunas Spakovas, Finance Assistant at The Sloane Club, London.

The Revenue Management Learner of the Year - sponsored by Edwards and Finn - was Leanda Laughey, Revenue Manager for Coombe Abbey Hotel in Coventry.

The De Vere Group was honoured for its continued commitment to financial training in the hospitality industry with Karen Maratta, Cluster Financial Controller, collecting the Commitment to Education Award.

Meanwhile, Coombe Abbey Hotel was also honoured for its commitment to revenue management professional development.

Following the ceremony, Jane Pendlebury, CEO of HOSPA, said: “Huge congratulations to our two outstanding learners and all our prize-winning highest achievers, who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to their careers, combining study with demanding full-time roles in the sector. We are extremely proud of them.

“We are delighted to be at the Soho Hotel for the first time for this stand-alone event which has enabled us to showcase the professional development of the next generation of revenue managers and financial managers. Importantly, the event has also enabled our learners to network with industry leaders. We would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support.”

The courses provide skills and knowledge for hospitality professionals seeking to excel in their careers in finance or revenue management.

With both introductory and advanced levels available, the online modules provide the opportunity for in-depth learning bespoke to the hospitality industry, while reflecting the need for learners to continue to be in full-time work whilst studying.

The start date for the next intake of both the Financial Management and Revenue Management programmes is Monday, 9th March. Both courses are available at three levels – Introductory, Operational and Strategic – each with a cost of £820 (ex VAT).

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