Reasons to join

Application to become a Master Innholder

Practising hoteliers from both the independent and group sectors are now invited to apply for membership of the Master Innholders.  Applications are sought from recognised leaders in hotel management whether as a successful General Manager, Managing Director, Chief Executive or Proprietor.  Applicants must also demonstrate a minimum experience of five years in significant hotel general management during their career to date, as a general manager or hotel manager of hotels of standing.

Applicants must be based in the UK and are likely to be members of the Institute of Hospitality, or other professional bodies. They are also expected to be making a significant contribution to the work of industry organisations and/or industry training and education initiatives at local, regional or national level.Applications should be made by email using the form below, and accompanied by a CV and a recent colour photograph. The applicant is also required to submit a paper (around 1500 words) on the following topic: 

The primary objective of a Master Innholder is to establish and maintain the highest standards of hotel management.  Describe how you are already addressing the need for the hotel industry to attract, retain and develop talented individuals and suggest how this would be enhanced by becoming a Master Innholder.

Master Innholders Awards 2019 Application Form

In preparing their paper, applicants are encouraged to express their personal philosophy and opinions, and to describe their management style.  The CV should include evidence of active involvement in industry organisations, (such as membership on committees), other activities in support of the industry and the careers of young people.

Applicants are also strongly encouraged to discuss their application and suitability for membership with a current Master Innholder.  Furthermore, the application should be supported by a letter of endorsement from a current Master Innholder.  We request that a current Master Innholder provides a letter of support for just one applicant to become a Master Innholder in 2019.

Applications will be considered by the Chairman’s Membership Panel and shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview on Thursday 11 April 2019. The decision of the Chairman’s panel is final, and it will not take part in any discussion or correspondence resulting from its selection.

The application should be sent to the Master Innholders Executive Secretary, Wallace Vincent MBA FIH at:

Applications have now closed.

Applications will be acknowledged by the Executive Secretary. Applicants will be notified in March 2019 whether or not they have been selected for interview.