Food Expert Talks is launched to THE-ICE member network

Representatives from 9 THE-ICE member institutions across 8 countries joined THE-ICE Webinar Series 18: Sustainable Food Systems – Food Expert Talks to launch a new transnational research opportunity and discuss ways in which THE-ICE members can get involved.

On Wednesday 14th September 2022 the Food Expert Talks team, Dr Evelina Gillard, Ms Bastienne Bernasco, Dr Giuseppina Menconi, and Ms Lynda Pasmore, joined THE-ICE CEO Dr Craig Thompson to introduce this collaborative project to a network of people who are interested in sustainable food systems.

Sustainable Food Systems – Food Expert Talks is a collaboration from Cesar Ritz Colleges Switzerland and Saxion University of Applied Sciences, supported by THE-ICE. This project aims to translate academic knowledge based on published research into practical recommendations. The Expert Talks are peer-reviewed communications in video and written presentation formats, with a reference list incorporated for students and academics who wish to conduct further research. The Expert Talks typically comprise of a career researcher holding a PhD presenting the theory, a lecturer connecting theory to practice, and a practitioner bringing out real-life insights, as well as a talk presenter guiding the talk towards lessons learned.

The first instalment of Food Expert Talks is titled “To Save the Planet, Have A Tiramisu: Contribution of the Mediterranean Food Culture to Workplace Well-being”, and is available for viewing on THE-ICE website. Three (3) contributors came together to discuss how businesses can enhance their employee physical and mental well-being through nutrition, by viewing a philosophical perspective, understanding the key characteristics of a Mediterranean diet, and reviewing the practical ways in which employers can make positive changes in the workplace by incorporating more plant-forward foods.

Ms Lynda Pasmore commended the process of creating the first Food Expert Talks video, describing the project as time manageable due to the contributors only focusing on one theoretical concept. She also detailed how her involvement in the project has assisted her in further teachings. Dr Giuseppina Menconi agreed with these statements, and explained that her students relate to and enjoy the real world examples as it helps them better understand the overall concept.

The Food Expert Talks team are looking for members of THE-ICE network who are interested in contributing to this project. There are two (2) ways to start collaborating on Sustainable Food Systems – Food Expert Talks:

  1. Reach out to your own network to find a PhD holder, a lecturer and a practitioner interested in collaborating on a chosen topic (teams of 3-4).
  2. Reach out to the Food Expert Talks team as they can connect you with individuals or established teams undertaking similar research topics.

Proposals and questions are to be submitted to Dr Giuseppina Menconi via Those interested in reviewing the proposals and providing impartial feedback are also encouraged to get in touch with the Food Expert Talks team. Students are not permitted to join the collaboration, as the project maintains credibility by presenting knowledge from PhD holders and lecturers, however, students with at least five years of experience as a practitioner may be considered.

The recording of the webinar can be accessed here.

For information about upcoming webinars in THE-ICE webinar series, click here.

Fellow of THE-ICE nominations are now open!

On behalf of THE-ICE Chair, we are delighted to announce that nominations for Fellow of THE-ICE are now open. This distinguished status is awarded to individuals in recognition of their significant contribution in any one of the following three categories: 

  • Outstanding TH&E Academic
  • Outstanding TH&E Academic Industry Professional
  • Exceptional contributor to THE-ICE

Representatives of accredited member institutions of THE-ICE are cordially invited to nominate an outstanding individual whose significant contribution in any one of the above categories may be considered deserving of the prestigious status of Fellow of THE-ICE.

To nominate outstanding individuals, please complete and submit the nomination form to accreditation@the-ice.orgon or before 16th September. Click here to download the 2022 Fellow of THE-ICE Nomination Form

All nominations will be presented to the THE-ICE College of Fellows for consideration and decision. Successful nominees for the 2022 Fellow of THE-ICE will be conferred during the 15th THE-ICE IPoE Forum, to be proudly hosted by The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management from
7th – 9th November 2022 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Please refer to the Frame of Reference document for full details of the nomination and selection process. Please note that nominations may only be made by a representative of a currently accredited THE-ICE member institution.

Thank you in anticipation for nominating appropriately qualified individuals for the Fellow of THE-ICE award. Please do not hesitate to contact THE-ICE Operations Manager, Elise Lawrence ( if you have any questions about the nomination and selection process.

César Ritz Colleges Switzerland: Call for Proposals, 3rd International Research Roundtable

You are invited to attend the 3rd bi-annual International Research Roundtable of César Ritz Colleges Switzerland, running from the 31st August – 2nd September 2022 at their Brig campus. The institution is seeking submissions from academics across THE-ICE network, as well as members who are interested in reviewing scholarly papers.

César Ritz Colleges engages in research for responsible business and society that promotes entrepreneurship, sustainability, leadership, inclusivity, and visionary thinking among business leaders and scholars. The research community at César Ritz Colleges fosters innovation in the domains of entrepreneurship and management in hospitality, tourism, and service industries. The bi-annual roundtables held in March and September offer an opportunity for scholars and practitioners interested in this theme to share research in progress, exchange opinions, and explore potential collaborations.

Call for proposals

The call for proposals from researchers and practitioners is open in the following categories:

  • Academic research papers (extended abstracts, 400-600 words, or full manuscripts)
  • Opinion papers and practitioner business cases (academic opinion papers, practitioner essays sharing business stories, current issues, or emergent business trends, 600-1’500 words)
  • Statements of collaborative research interests for the networking only (200 words)


  • Research related to Management and Entrepreneurship in Hospitality, Tourism and Service (Management, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Governance, Human Resources)
  • Business (Technology, Innovation, Sustainability, Marketing, Finance, Revenue Management)
  • French-speaking roundtable “Hospitality and Tourism Management”

Important dates

  • Proposal submission deadline – 31 July 2022 ONLY through EasyChair platform. Submissions are accepted on rolling basis after a double-blind peer review within 14 working days. Early submissions are welcome
  • Notification of proposal acceptance – 15 August 2022 at latest.
  • Registration closes – 15 August 2022 at latest on EventBrite platform.
  • Research Roundtable date and time – 31 August – 2 September 2022 (Wed, Aug 31, 2022, 1:00 PM – Fri, Sep 2, 2022, 1:00 PM CEST) Time commitment 1-8 hours per day.
    • Official Welcome afternoon and Research networking – 31 August 2022 from 1:00 PM
    • Official paper presentations and roundtable discussions – 1 September 2022
    • Informal Networking lunch, Brig campus – 2 September 2022 until 1:00 PM

Venue information

Participation in the 3rd International Research Roundtable may occur online, both online and on campus, and asynchronously. If you would like to register for this event or have any further questions regarding submissions, please email Ms Evelina Gillard, Head of Research at César Ritz Colleges, at

Click here to find out more about César Ritz Colleges Switzerland by visiting their website.

Recipients of THE-ICE Research Grant Scheme (RGS) 2022 announced!

THE-ICE is delighted to announce and congratulate the recipients of THE-ICE Research Grant Scheme (RGS) 2022:

THE-ICE RGS 2022 received a record high number of applications and, given the high calibre of the research proposals received, THE-ICE is pleased to exceptionally award three (3) research grants in 2022. As always, we were impressed by the high calibre of research and ideas being produced within our member institutions and their networks.

THE-ICE Research Grant Scheme (RGS) was introduced in 2019 with the purpose of facilitating and promoting research by THE-ICE member institutions, supporting THE-ICE objective to enhance the quality of higher education in tourism, hospitality, events and culinary arts (TH&E). The outcomes of the selected RGS 2022 research projects will be presented at the International Panel of Experts (IPoE) Forum 2022, to be proudly hosted by The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with the theme Hospitality and Tourism Higher Education: Connecting Minds and Creating the Future.

Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management
Breda University of Applied Sciences
Lyceum of the Philippines University

For information about THE-ICE Research Grant Scheme, click here

STR SHARE Center celebrates 10 years!

This year THE-ICE Business Alliance Partner STR SHARE Center is celebrating its 10 year anniversary!

You are invited to join STR SHARE Center for a luncheon reception on August 3rd, 12:00pm at the Renaissance Washington Hotel. This celebration will occur during the upcoming ICHRIE 75th Anniversary Conference in Washington, DC, and friends of the organisation are invited to provide a short video to commemorate this milestone. If you would like to RSVP for this celebratory luncheon and/or provide a video for the STR SHARE Center 10 year anniversary, please email

Following the luncheon, the team will be announcing the launch of the new “CoStar SHARE Center”, unveiling the new generation of the SHARE Center and demonstrating new products and programs. This includes new types of data, new training programs, online access for professors and students, more hotel data immediately available, and major updates for the CHIA and CAHTA.

STR SHARE Center will be hosting several free webinars and workshops later in the year, as outlined below. For more information, or to register for a session, please email

Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA) train-the-trainer workshops – 5-week series, 2 hours each session, 10:00am or 8:00pm, U.S. Central Time

  • Tuesdays, June 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19
  • Wednesdays, August 24, 31, September 7, 14, 21

Certification in Advanced Hospitality and Tourism Analytics (CAHTA) train-the-trainer workshops – 5-week series, 2 hours each session, 10:00am or 8:00pm U.S. Central Time

  • Thursdays, July 21, 28, (skip Aug 4), August 11, 18, 25
  • Tuesdays, September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18

2022 Student Market Study Competitions – STR SHARE Center will be conducting five student competitions this year, and are accepting registrations until September 2nd.  For information and to register, email

  • Global competition open to all schools, Undergrad – November 19th, Graduate – November 20th  
  • Asia Pacific competition for schools in the AP region, mixed (UG & G) teams – November 4th
  • EMEA competition for schools in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, mixed – November 8th
  • Central & Eastern Europe competition for schools in those regions, mixed – November 11th
  • Spanish competition for schools in Spanish speaking countries, mixed – November 15th  & 16th

Visit the STR SHARE Center website for more information.

Welcome WSG, the newest accredited member of THE-ICE network!

THE-ICE is delighted to welcome Wyższa Szkoła Gospodarki (WSG) University in Bydgoszcz as the newest Accredited C2Q Member of THE-ICE network. The addition of WSG sees THE-ICE membership grow to include 41 members in 21 countries, a step further in THE-ICE’s mission to significantly and sustainably enhance the quality of higher education in tourism, hospitality and events (TH&E) globally.

Founded in 1999, WSG was first known as Pomeranian University of Tourism and Hotel Management. The University was founded by KOLFER Company – one of the first private institutions in the region that was professionally engaged in national and international tourism. In January 2005 the institution’s name was officially changed to Wyższa Szkoła Gospodarki, which translates in English to The University of Economy in Bydgoszcz.

WSG University in Bydgoszcz have recently celebrated their 30th anniversary, and are currently the largest private institution of higher education in Northern Poland. WSG University in Bydgoszcz provides education to approximately 20 thousand students from all over Poland and abroad, in 20 fields of study with over 50 specialties. This institution aims to teach students both soft and hard skills that are currently essential in multinational and multicultural Europe.

Click here to visit the Wyższa Szkoła Gospodarki (WSG) University in Bydgoszcz website for more information about the institution, including the courses and training they offer.

Click here to see the full list of THE-ICE Member Institutions

THE-ICE members join Hosco to discuss the challenges of alumni engagement

Representatives from 9 THE-ICE member institutions across 6 countries joined THE-ICE Webinar Series 17: Engaging with Alumni to discuss the challenges that institutions face with maintaining meaningful connections with past students.

On Wednesday 18th May 2022 Dr Craig Thompson, CEO of THE-ICE, and Ms Amanda Wolffenbuttel, Marketing & Community Engagement Manager at Hosco, highlighted the importance of engaging with alumni, demonstrated how the Hosco platform is one solution for this challenge, and announced a new THE-ICE member benefit: Hosco & THE-ICE Alumni Survey.

Through the presentations and discussion, three key themes emerged:

  • The benefits of engaging with alumni
  • Utilising the Hosco platform for long term engagement with alumni
  • Future growth through data collection and the Hosco & THE-ICE Alumni Survey

The benefits of engaging with alumni

  • Alumni bring a different perspective to the quality of the institution, through a reflective lens that is difficult to obtain elsewhere.
  • This perspective can identify crucial elements of the education process and highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the program being studied.
  • Gaining the alumni perspective will ensure that these institutions are successfully delivering quality education, experiences, opportunities, and skills to their students.
  • Benefits of engaging with alumni include:
    • A link within the industry, often providing placement and internship opportunities for upcoming graduates
    • Guest lecturers and industry visit presentations
    • Base for corporate relations with an industry partner
    • Opportunity for alumni to sit on advisory boards, providing perspectives from both sides
    • Sponsorship of facilities, or value-in-kind sponsorship for development
  • However, it has been found that most institutions globally have not been successful in maintaining a meaningful relationship with their alumni, therefore not reaping all the benefits alumni offer.

Utilising the Hosco platform for long term engagement with alumni

  • Hosco is the leading global network dedicated to the hospitality industry and the platform consists of students, recruiters, and institutions.
  • When communicating with alumni either through emails, social media, or other means, it is crucial that you build trust and show your genuine appreciation for their engagement. The relationship you want to form must be beneficial for both sides, and the alumni need to be aware of this.
  • Communication and social media content should be diversified to reach and appeal to the different segments of alumni, for example: graduated less than 1 year ago, less than 5 years, more than 10 years.  
  • Ensuring that the profile of your institution is active and up to date will encourage alumni to do the same with their profile.
  • Hosting events, either in person (networking, panels) or online (webinars, discussions) is essential for bringing past students together and reinforcing their value to the alumni community.
  • Hosco promote success stories of alumni, as they have found this is very motivating for younger generations to continue to use the platform.

Future growth through data collection and the Hosco & THE-ICE Alumni Survey

  • Hosco and THE-ICE have worked together to create an Alumni Survey for THE-ICE member institutions.
  • Successful engagement between institutions and their past students will result in alumni understanding the importance of contributing to the community. In turn, alumni will be willing to update their profiles and take part in the Alumni Survey.
  • The collected profile data and Alumni Survey results will be included in THE-ICE end of year reports, as a way of supporting THE-ICE member institutions on their quality enhancement journey.
  • Building a strong relationship with your alumni is a long-term project that cannot be successful with only money and resources. It comes down to strategy, and planning methods to make positive connections with students throughout their program experience.

A representative from the Dubai College of Tourism (DCT) spoke about their experience with alumni engagement, and the reasons why their institution has been successful in this area.

  • DCT does very well in assisting their students with placements and inviting guest presenters from the industry.
  • A smaller alumni community has made it easier to stay in touch with past students, keep up to date on their experiences, and invite them back as guest lecturers.
  • DCT have a strong focus on career preparation from the first year of study. They help students create an online presence on platforms such as LinkedIn and encourage culinary arts students to showcase their talent on Instagram.

The recording of the webinar can be accessed here.

For information about upcoming webinars in THE-ICE webinar series, click here.

Call for Papers – International Marketing Journal of Culture and Tourism

On behalf of the Editor of the International Marketing Journal of Culture and Tourism, we are delighted to announce the publication of the inaugural issue of the journal. The TOC and access to the articles can be found here:

We are also pleased to share with you the Call For Proposals for the second issue.

You are cordially invited to submit relevant papers to the second issue of the International Marketing Journal of Culture and Tourism (IMJCT), published by Katara Publishing House in cooperation with Al Rayyan International University College in partnership with University of Derby.

The International Marketing Journal of Culture and Tourism (IMJCT) is an international journal that presents high quality peer-reviewed papers in all areas of tourism culture and marketing, including government and administration policies, new technologies, methodologies and tools. The journal seeks to provide a platform for researchers and experts in the field of culture and tourism marketing to reach a wider audience.

Submissions are due 1st August 2022, and require a maximum length of 5000–7000-words, including references, tables, and figures. The average time for review of papers submitted to the journal is 2-4 weeks. Each published article will receive an award of USD 1,000. 

To request the publication of your article, please visit or send an email to

Dusit Thani College is hosting its first Hybrid Hospitality Talent Fair!

22-23 April 2022

Online with Beamian Platform:
Onsite at Dusit Thani College Bangkok

The annual Hospitality Talent Fair hosted by Thailand’s Dusit Thani College is going abroad in 2022!

This year the College is welcoming students and alumni from all members of THE-ICE network to participate in this diverse and professional event.

The Hospitality Talent Fair is a chance for graduates and final semester students to enquire about career opportunities and connect with leading hospitality employers. Although the majority of opportunities will be in Thailand, there will also be corporate brands offering opportunities to work internationally. Exhibitors are in search of candidates to fill a variety of full time roles, from entry-level work to management positions within hotels, restaurants, food service companies, and wellness operators.

In previous years the Hospitality Talent Fair has been exclusively open to students of Dusit Thani College, however in 2022, students from around the world will have the chance to attend and connect with industry leaders. This Hybrid event is to encourage recovery within tourism and service industries for both employers and employees, and is a fantastic opportunity for students to expand their professional network.

The hybrid Hospitality Talent Fair (HTF#1) will be held on April 22-23, 2022 onsite at Dusit Thani College and online via the Beamian Platform.

Register here for the Hybrid Hospitality Talent Fair!