GGHA welcomes new leadership

Janice and Jamie

A number of top Glasgow hoteliers have stepped into leadership roles with the Great Glasgow Hoteliers Association (GGHA), an independent body that represents hotel industry workers across the city.

Jamie Stevens, Regional General Manager of the Village Hotels in Scotland, and Janice Fisher, General Manager of Ibis Glasgow City Centre Hotel have been appointed Joint Chairs of the GGHA (pictured above).

They are joined by Majdi Orifij, General Manager of Ibis Budget Hotel Glasgow, who has been named the organisation’s new Treasurer.

The GGHA represents the interests of accommodation providers who directly employ an estimated 30,000 people in and around Greater Glasgow. It recently recorded  its highest-ever membership rate.

The new leadership team plans to build on GGHA’s strong partnerships with Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB), now part of Glasgow Life.

It will also collaborate with Glasgow Welcomes and Tennent’s Training Academy to ensure all hotels provide targeted training for the next generation of Glasgow hotel employees.

Stevens and Fisher have also launched a new scheme that offers free or subsidised future training for GGHA Members.

Jamie Stevens said, “Membership fees will be used to offer eight free courses per year. GGHA members will also be offered discounted rates for additional courses booked through Tennent’s Training Academy, thereby, supporting a local firm which offers bespoke training facilities specifically for hospitality professionals.

“The Training Academy is also a great supporter of initiatives to help unemployed people find work and GGHA will be partnering with them in securing placements.”

Janice Fisher added, “We are also keen to foster closer links with other bodies of influence including the City Council, GCMB, Visit Scotland and the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, so that end GGHA has established sub committees to ensure a constant focus on key relationships that benefit not just hotels, but Glasgow as a whole.”