The University of West London has opened a new International Centre for Hotel and Resort Management.
The Centre is part of the University’s London School of Hospitality and Tourism, and will be headed by Professor Angela Roper the new academic lead and Director of the Centre, which will aim to address the needs of the industry to develop gifted, talented and educated graduates aspiring to lead the future development of major corporate players. It will also meet a perceived research gap by looking critically at issues likely to affect the corporate management of hotels and resorts in the future.
The Centre has been set up with the support of industry leaders who include the University’s Chancellor, Laurence Geller of Strategic Hotels and Resorts, and executives in Hilton Worldwide and the Intercontinental Hotels Group.
Commenting on her appointment, Professor Angela Roper, Director of the University’s International Centre for Hotel and Resort Management, said: “The global hotel market is estimated to be close to 20 million rooms and as such hotels and resorts are key drivers of the global service economy. With this in mind, I am delighted to be heading up the first research centre in the UK focused on the hotel and resort sector.”