Are you Hospitalented?


  • Upcoming Events

    Accelerated Tourism Marketing Course @ Accra / July 4, 2019

    Unique opportunity to learn everything on the HospiGo chips in one 3-hour session.

    Invite-Only Tourism Brainstorming Session @ Accra / July 3, 2019

    Are you a decision maker in the tourism industry? Are you able to make things change in a positive way? Are you aware of all the players in the industry? You may just be selected to join a unique group tasked with identifying ways to improve the sector.

  • The HospiGo Project

    In June 2018 the first batch of HospiPods were distributed to attendees of the second annual Youth in Tourism conference in Ghana. These chips were given to young attendees so that they can explore domestic tourism and think more about the industry. The next batch will be distributed in June 2019.

  • Airline Expo

    Write Your Way Up

    We had a great inaugural event in December 2017. We'll do it again on April 12, 2019 with a theme that includes travel writing.

  • Art in a Bottle: The Business Behind Beer, Wine, Spirits & Condiment Brands

    From Whiskey to Honey, and Water to Wine.

    Share your passion for beverages and other products.

    This unique event celebrates packaging science, marketing and storytelling in one place. In between conferences we host 'Makers Roundtables.'

  • Chapters

    Hundreds of members throughout the world.


    St. Joseph's College - Brooklyn, NY

    The first official chapter was founded on October 5th, 2016 after a vote to change the name of their hospitality and tourism club. The students of SJC Brooklyn were only in the second year of the Hospitality & Tourism Management program. Alpha chapter is where HospiChallenge, Airline Expo, Not So Scary Foods and Art in a Bottle first took place.


    New York City - United States

    This chapter was founded in 2016, retroactively including students and professionals within the New York City metro area.


    Accra, Ghana - West Africa

    Our third chapter was founded throughout 2016, based on the work of two individuals who have been helping expand hospitality and tourism in Ghana.


    San Juan, Puerto Rico - The Caribbean

    The fourth chapter was assembled in 2016, amassing over 200 members throughout the island of Puerto Rico.


    Your City, Your Campus - The World

    Who will be the first chapter to be founded in 2017? If you are interested please email info@hospitalented.org

  • What We Do

    Hospitalented is about global hospitality education. We do this a few ways...


    What is HospiChallenge?

    In a world that is dominated by cooking competitions we thought it was important to give students and staff a chance to show their skills. Each HC is created for the people who will participate in it. Some traditional challenges include:

    • Table Turnover - Teams race to clear and reset a table for a restaurant
    • Luggage Stack - Teams find the most creative ways to pile luggage
    • Bottle Presentation - Individuals open and serve a bottle for a guest
    In addition to these 'active' challenges, teams may work together to solve problems, come up with ideas, and develop solutions to issues in the industry. Participants represent different schools.

    About Us

    Who we are...

    Hospitalented is dedicated to providing hospitality education for a global audience.


    We do this in a variety of ways - through programming, consulting and advising. There are great Associate, Bachelor and Master degree programs and we encourage those seeking to improve themselves to first consider formal education opportunities. For those that cannot afford to go back to school, have challenging schedules or just want to stay current with hospitality trends, we will try to fill that void.


    We also aim to complement the education that students are already receiving, as well as the training professionals are getting. To do this, we have local organizations (known as chapters) in metro areas and on college campuses around the world. We also engage in consulting projects, putting to work students and professionals who want to be involved with more than their 'day job.' At the global level and through our chapters we provide a range of programming where hospitality professionals (and students) can shine!


    We have and will continue to host various gatherings around the world - some small and some large. Each fall and spring we host HospiChallenge, a competition for students.


    We are creating a curriculum dedicated to enhancing hospitality in places like West Africa. While other projects develop, we encourage you to follow us on social media. That's where you'll find out about everything we're working on.


    What we can do...

    Depending on the problem, we can engage in a variety of consulting functions. Our team consists of hospitality talent (hence our name) from novice to sage. What we can do:

    • Formal and informal focus groups
    • Call center research
    • Event planning
    • Promotions
    • Event staffing
    • Longer-term studies
    • Venue visits

    We recognize that there are a zillion ways to approach these problems, so the first step is to determine a best course of action. Please use our contact page to reach out and we can see what path makes the most sense!


    Let's learn together

    Symposiums and workshops are held in partnership with different organizations, offering opportunities for hospitality students and professionals to learn new practices and strategies.


    In recent years we have held Tourism Entrepreneurship Workshops, the Ghana Tour Guide Competition, and even a Crypto-Blockchain Conference.


    In the not so distant future we will hold the Ghana Symposium. The conference consists of three days dedicated to two levels of hospitality professionals; those that are new or 'emerging,' and those that have been in the industry for many years who we consider 'seasoned.'


    We designed the curriculum so that local residents don't have to miss more than one day of work, but we are open to those who want to attend all three days in some capacity.


    The format of each day will consist of a mix of large and small group sessions. We will assign 8-10 attendees to a small group mentor, and each small group will work on activities together. We will have breaks and lunch together, so there will be plenty of time to network and get to know each other. We will also host a small job fair so that participants have access to new opportunities.


    The topics for each Symposium will include most of the following:

    • The American Customer
    • FOH Technology
    • Payment Systems
    • Gratuity & You
    • Beverage Marketing
    • Crypto Currencies (Bitcoin)
    • Satisfying Service
    • Trends in Hospitality

    Following each Symposium we will help you stay connected with your group and mentor. We will have ongoing conversations for as long as you want to stay involved!


    If there is a topic that you feel should be addressed, please let us know! We want the conference to be as comprehensive as possible! Email us HERE.

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  • F.A.Q.

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    Frequently asked questions...

    Do I need a visa to visit Ghana?

    U.S. Citizens do need a visa. Additional information can be found HERE.

    Do I need to receive certain shots to visit Ghana?

    Ghana requires that all travelers receive a vaccine for Yellow Fever, though they recommend others. More information can be found HERE.

    What about Ebola?

    Though Ebola is not as widespread as it once was, there are no reported cases of Ebola in Ghana. See the updated reports HERE. The closest cases of Ebola to Ghana were found in Nigeria which is a 7hr drive from Accra. That being said, Nigeria has been commended for their containment of the outbreak (classified with the United States as a "previously affected country"). The widespread cases of Ebola were in Libera, Guinea and Sierra Leone - all of which are at least a 20hr drive away. Those with concerns should do their own research and make an informed decision.

    What about Cholera?

    There is a warning for Cholera, and we want participants and facilitators to be prepared. Learn more HERE.

    How do I know what to be concerned about health-wise?

    We find that the best source in the U.S. is the CDC.

    How much is a hotel in Accra, Ghana?

    We have found hotel rooms around $100 and higher for 3.5-5 star hotels.

    How much is airfare to Accra, Ghana from the United States?

    Airplane tickets cost between $800 and $1200 for a non-direct flight. Direct flights are $300-400 more.

    What about travel insurance?

    Travel can be uncertain, so we do recommend travel insurance for anyone traveling out of country. In fact, we require it of facilitators and participants.


    Refund Policy

    All requests for refunds MUST be submitted in writing to the conference planner and received no later than 11:59 PM EST by the dates listed below. Telephone requests will not be honored. Written requests for refunds will be processed as follows:

    •Received 30 days before check-in – Full refund, less a $25 per person administrative fee
    •Received 20 days before check-in – 50% refund, less a $25 per person administrative fee
    •Received 10 days before check-in – No refunds

    Written requests via e-mail may be submitted to:


    Refunds will be issued approximately 4-6 weeks after the conclusion of the conference.

    Code of Conduct

    All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our events are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensuring a safe environment for everybody.

    tl;dr: Don't be a Jerk

    You have our contact details in the emails we've sent.

    Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

    Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

    Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

    Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

    If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

    If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately.

    Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

    We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and workshop venues and conference-related social events.

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