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NI Hotel Sector Launches Search for Rising Stars

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Ulster Bank

8th Aug 2023

The Northern Ireland Hotels Federation (NIHF) has teamed up with Ulster Bank to announce an exciting competition aimed at discovering ‘Rising Stars’ within the hotel sector of Northern Ireland.

This initiative aims to recognise and celebrate young, emerging talent who are making significant contributions to the hotel and hospitality industry.

The competition is a fantastic platform to showcase talented personnel, reward those who contribute significantly to the hotel sector’s success, and underscore the career potential within the industry.

Eddie McKeever, President of the NIHF, said: “The hotel industry’s success hinges on attracting, retaining, and engaging talented individuals in their early careers. In collaboration with Ulster Bank, I am thrilled to launch this year’s Rising Stars competition, which not only showcases young talent but also highlights the diverse career opportunities available in the hospitality sector.

“Working in this industry can pave the way for a promising future, offering job satisfaction and attractive remuneration. The versatility of roles within a hospitality business enables individuals to develop a skillset conducive to strong career progression. I encourage all Federation members to support their employees’ participation and I cannot wait to meet this year’s exceptional lineup.”

Ulster Bank relationship director Richard Lusty adds: “The Northern Ireland Hotels Federation (NIHF) is striving to uplift and empower hotels, tourism, and the hospitality sector, and Ulster Bank is wholeheartedly behind that objective.  A challenge in the current economic environment across most sectors is the tight labour market, with a limited available supply of talented and driven people.  The NIHF continues to play a central role in supporting the tourism and hospitality sector in Northern Ireland and Ulster Bank is very pleased to be partnering with them in the Rising Star Awards to encourage and recognise the exceptional talent within the industry.”

Entries for the Rising Star Awards open on 7th August 2023, and interested participants can submit their applications through the NIHF website,

The winners of the 2023 Rising Star Awards will be honoured at a special awards luncheon hosted by Pamela Ballantine as part of Hospitality Exchange 2023 at Crowne Plaza on October 17, 2023.

For more information, please contact Public Relations Consultant Sonya Cassidy on M: 07824 467897.