Kevin Tattum MIH
Business Development Director
Kevin Tattum is a founder director of The Hotel Partnership trading as Classic British Hotels.
Kevin has an in-depth knowledge on all aspects of hotel operations having worked for major brands and alongside independent hotels. He has also been involved in the set up and running of new restaurant developments both in hotels and standalone units. Kevin has wide experience on business development and maximising occupancy and revenue yield within properties.He has also been responsible for setting up and running quality assessments for hundreds of independent hotels and the training of the inspectors.
He started at an early age with Holiday Inn and went on to the Midland Crowne Plaza in Manchester, where he was involved in opening, staffing and running their restaurant. Later as Assistant Food & Beverage Manager for the hotel, he managed 180 personnel.
When the Periquito Hotels Group was formed by a number of ex-senior Holiday Inn Executives, he was invited to join them. Here he was responsible as the General Manager for setting up each new hotel that was acquired - developing the new team, setting the operating standards, managing a multi-million pound capital refurbishment programme operationally and organising skills training. Over this period, he set-up and managed several hotels from Kent to Yorkshire.
At Hilton International, as Deputy General Manager for Hilton Leeds, he made a significant contribution to their food and beverage profitability, and the hotel senior team communications.Kevin was specially selected for the Hilton Master Class programme, which he successfully completed.
Kevin has also had a great deal of experience in working with independent hotels at Best Western Hotels Great Britain, where he started as Hotel Development Manager. He had full responsibility for the recruitment, quality inspections, training, customer services and retention of hotels within the group, and went on to become Director of Membership Services for the 400 strong hotel group, when Best Western merged with another consortium. He set the minimum quality standards that all hotels had to meet and was responsible their annual inspections and following up on those that had under performed. His involvement and training with Best Western International and the ANWB in Holland on minimum global quality standards in hotels meant he became recognised as a qualified global quality assurance inspector and later as a global trainer for QA Inspectors.
Business development was also a key part of the role, which involved the training and development of the membership on all the hotel groups‚Äô products, quality standards and their effective use of yield management through their front office system linked to the Central Reservations System.
At Pegasus Solutions, as Development Director for the UK & Ireland, Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa, his focus for the first year was to work alongside the Director UK and Ireland in assisting in the development of the Golden Tulip brand. Here, he built-up a thorough knowledge of the hotel franchise business as it applies to global full service and limited service brands. The role involved actively working with developers, investors, hotel operators and industry specialists in order to franchise the brands.
Kevin is a member of the Institute of Hospitality.