4 May 2023
Mews partners with Saira Hospitality to launch five new hospitality schools and develop an innovative online training solution
The partnerships will utilize industry-leading experience from both brands to help Mews hotel customers to attract, train and retain hospitality staff
[PRAGUE – 4th of May] Mews, the hospitality technology leader and innovator, has partnered with pop-up hospitality school pioneers, Saira Hospitality, to transform education in the hospitality industry and help with ongoing staffing shortages.
“Our two companies are passionate about challenging the status quo and innovation, Mews with technology and Saira with people and education,” said Harsha L’Acqua, Founder and CEO at Saira Hospitality. “After just one discussion, it became clear that our graduates would benefit immensely from harnessing Mews’ tech platform to elevate hospitality training and service and ultimately reinspire the industry.”
There are two elements to the new partnership: first, five new hospitality schools will be created around the world, using Saira’s innovative curriculum and expertise in creating cutting-edge training programs to create a skilled, dedicated workforce. The first school will open in London in June 2023 and will be followed by a pop-up in Amsterdam later in the year.
Saira Hospitality specialize in sourcing undiscovered talent that may otherwise have been overlooked by the hospitality industry. Their global curriculum specializes in life skills development that equip students with essential hospitality skills including leadership, communication and emotional intelligence. After completing the program, graduates will then be employed at properties running on Mews.
Secondly, work will begin on migrating the key parts of Saira’s curriculum online to the Mews University platform. This will offer Mews customers and the wider industry access to digital life skill sessions, aimed at upskilling global workforces and making Saira’s training more accessible.
Saira Hospitality’s programs have a proven positive impact on team engagement and happiness, as well as significantly reducing staff turnover for hotels. The non-profit organization has been operating since 2015, partnering with the world’s leading hotel brands to support their talent search, whilst redefining how operators can connect and support local communities.
“Hospitality isn’t just about business; it also has a key role to play in education and building local communities,” said Paul Mooney, Chief Customer Officer at Mews. “What’s so exciting about this partnership is that it can make a real difference to individuals while also helping our industry to create a new, enthused talent pool.”
The Mews and Saira Hospitality partnership will last for an initial period of 18 months. To learn more about the collaboration and the direct impacts of Saira Hospitality’s program, watch the Power of People session from Mews Unfold 2023.
Mews is a leading platform for the new era of hospitality. Over 3,500 properties in 80 countries are powered by Mews. The Mews Hospitality Cloud is designed to streamline operations for modern hoteliers, transform the guest experience and create more profitable businesses. Customers include Accor, Generator-Freehand, Nordic Choice Hotels, The Social Hub, Life House and Les Airelles. Mews has been named the World's Best Independent Hotel PMS Provider by World Travel Tech Awards (2022) and won Best Place to Work in Hotel Tech (2021, 2022) from Hotel Tech Report. The company has offices in Europe, the United States and Australia.
About Saira Hospitality
Saira Hospitality is a non-profit organisation that creates pop-up hospitality schools around the world. Their global model sources undiscovered talent from overlooked communities and provides them with the key skills required to begin careers in hospitality. To date, Saira Hospitality has created schools in Mexico, Namibia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Kingdom and the United States. With a passion for innovation, Saira Hospitality’s schools are proven to revolutionize hospitality hiring habits, whilst transforming the lives of their students. The year-on-year turnover of Saira Hospitality graduates is between 10-13%%. Learn more about Saira Hospitality’s global work here: www.sairahospitality.com – firstname.lastname@example.org