People are the heart of hospitality
Hospitality is a people business. Heart of Hospitality celebrates the moments and lives of people who make hospitality so special.
Think of your last holiday, the special birthday meal with friends, the business trip where the deal finally got done. Every day, around the world, people come to hospitality venues to celebrate, to dream, to escape, to work, to play, to spend time with loved ones, to laugh and to love. What an industry to be a part of; to be the person responsible for these precious moments and the memories that follow.
Those who work in the industry do so for many reasons, most commonly because they simply like people. They care about the craft, the experience and the service because it matters. It matters to our guests and therefore it matters to us.
Hospitality is the epitome of diversity, bringing together people from all backgrounds, from all walks of life, from all over the world. It is an industry full of passionate, creative and talented people some of whom have worked in the industry their entire life, others who fell into the sector and fell in love with it. Whatever their background, their stories are connected by their talent, love and care for what they do.
Hospitality is a people first business full of people people who chat, and connect, and use their talent and creativity to create special moments and tiny touches that matter to their guests, that matter to each of us.
Here we celebrate their work, their stories and their heart.
Heart of Hospitality Podcast & Stories
- Adrian & Paul Gardiner27. September 2022
- Jan Vidts8. September 2022
- Ricky Lam7. September 2022
- Alexandra de Abreu7. September 2022
- Tibor Szel1. September 2022
- Susanne van de Vinne1. September 2022
- Michel Butor1. September 2022
- Vanessa van der Vaart26. August 2022
- Otilia Cristea22. August 2022
- Malgorzata Podbielska9. August 2022
- Kate Nicholls9. August 2022
- Jarek Figat4. August 2022
- Meena Flora4. August 2022
- Guy De Cuyper1. August 2022
- Dr Inès Blal18. July 2022
Hospitality is possibly the most glamourous job in the world.
People who work in hospitality are custodians of experiences – we are the host of moments that matter and creator of future memories. We take this responsibility to heart and treat it with care because it matters.
The Heart of Hospitality Podcast is hosted by Duncan O’Rourke, CEO Northern Europe at Accor, a globally renowned hotelier with stories from around the world thanks to his career in hospitality. Seduced by the glamour of the hotels, restaurants and travel at a young age, Duncan studied hospitality management in Switzerland before travelling the globe, each role taking him to a new country, a new experience and new people, each sharing his passion, talent and heart.
In this series, Duncan shares his stories and speaks with people from across the industry, some well-known, others known just to the guests they serve. Listen to the podcast as he gives voice to the people who are the true heart of hospitality.
CEO Accor Northern Europe & Host Heart of Hospitality Podcast