Jan Akkerman becomes chairman of Koninklijke Horeca Nederland in Groningen: ‘For God’s sake, let’s leave the corona misery behind us’
Jan Akkerman (40), owner of Hotel Corps de Garde on the Oude Boteringestraat, will be the new chairman of the Groningen department of Koninklijke Horeca Nederland. Irene van der Velde resigns.
Hi Jan, you are coming to the helm during a flourishing period.
“I hope so. But we must not forget the aftermath of the coronavirus. The past two years have been difficult. Three good months do not ensure that the empty reserves are dissolved just like that.
I have a nice network in the city. previous I would like to try to bring back the positivity and love for catering. Hats off if you are still bent as an entrepreneur in Groningen and Haren.”
Isn’t that positivity there now?
“Maybe it’s not gone, but it did take a big bite. And we will soon receive it when the tax authorities arrive and reclaim the money from the NOW scheme. The hotels are packed and terraces are bulging, so that seems good. But we must not forget that all reserves have been exhausted.
In addition, you have skyrocketing and staff shortages. There will be a new lecture in Groningen, where it is exciting: how do they deal with entrepreneurs. And the accessibility of Groningen is not optimal either.”
That sounds like you see quite a challenge for yourself.
“I think this is a good time to start. For God’s sake, let’s leave the corona misery behind us and look ahead with a positive look. Irene van der Velde has done a fantastic job for six years. Now we have to move into the future with impetus. I want to radiate a positive attitude and ensure connection.”