The Hospitality Industry is well renowned for its diversity and more over ingenuity. Members of the Reunion des Gastronomes have over the past months demonstrated the true spirit of ‘entertaining’ and ‘taking care’ in the community. Whilst some have concentrated on home and family, others have rallied supplying support to neighbours and institutions as has been reported.
Initiatives have been undertaken by both the President and Secretary to maintain a stream of communications keeping members up to date with government recommendations and guidelines. There has also been an opportunity for social intercourse and an opportunity to learn and improve skills on social media with workshops.
The camaraderie of the Reunion has been maintained and has been enjoyed by members that have embraced the virtual online experiences of chatting face to face online.
Hospitality professionals must be aware that these are exceedingly difficult and psychologically testing times and everyone must be conscious that isolation can be the cause of so many side effects. The obvious one is depression – but that can be only the tip of the iceberg. Stress and medical problems can evolve.
The wonderful world of technology can help tremendously by keeping engaged with friends and colleagues by using one of a myriads of platforms for virtual meet ups and chats. We all know it is not as effective as the real face to face, but it is more of an experience than just a phone call. Group meetings allow real exchanges of ideas and networking how each us are coping. It is also an opportunity of sharing latest news of developments in varying sectors of the industry we are all passionate about. The Industry is being decimated with many young people being affected with redundancy and loss of confidence in the future. Gastronomes are making efforts to identify need and where possible helping.
HRH Prince of Wales also has sent a message of support to the Industry