Gareth Jones from Glasson Hotel and Country Club was one of 20 owners and senior managers in the Irish tourism sector to recently graduate from the Fáilte Ireland executive management programme which is designed in conjunction with Cornell University, USA. The graduation ceremony which took place in Trinity College Dublin honoured participants from across the tourism sector including representatives from hotels, restaurants, and other tourism activities/attractions. The programme was based on a study of a range of job-related topics covering strategy, marketing, finance, management, and operations.
The eight month course involved a number of modules held throughout Ireland and an operations module in Cornell University, New York. The programme also included a series of web-based learning courses, webinars, and video conferencing - culminating in the award of a certificate in Strategic Hospitality Management, accredited by Cornell University.
Commenting at Trinity College, Damien Brennan, Fáilte Ireland’s client services manager, said: “I would firstly like to congratulate Gareth Jones, Glasson Hotel and Country Club, and all the graduates who have successfully completed this prestigious course in Strategic Hospitality Management, and hope it will enhance your business by thinking differently on how we do things in the future. I would also like to express our admiration for the commitment of the group to focus on their development and business improvement at this challenging time in our industry.
“I would also encourage you to continue with your development and assure you of Fáilte Ireland’s support in your endeavours. We are delighted with this blended learning approach, working closely with Cornell University in the USA by tapping into their wealth of knowledge and leading edge thinking. The course design also allows for networking and this in turn means the development of great friendships with deeper and more open communications - all of which will ultimately benefit Irish tourism.”