He joined more than 200 graduates from the university’s Business School to receive an MBA for his outstanding contribution to the city and the region as board member for Marketing Cheshire.
Slater (pictured at his graduation ceremony) was for 30 managing director at the Chester Grosvenor which held five red stars and a Michelin star for its Simon Radley restaurant for most of that time.
More recently, he is head of Oddfellows Hotels, which has two properties in the North West – in Chester and the recently-opened Oddfellows On The Park in Cheadle, Greater Manchester.
“To be awarded an honorary MBA has thrilled me and now sits as one of the pinnacles of my career,” said Slater. “Much of my career has been spent in one of the most unique cities in the world and I have felt the greatest joy enjoying the progress the city has made in that time.
“The part I have played in promoting the city and region to the global tourism market has been both a delight and a privilege.”
Professor Tim Wheeler, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester, added: “We were delighted to welcome Jonathan to our graduation ceremonies. He has made such a significant impact on the city and its tourism for over 30 years.
“We were delighted that he chose to accept his honorary degree and to celebrate his achievements in the heart of the city that he has worked so hard to promote. He is an individual of outstanding ability. His achievements are universally admired. He has a worldwide reputation for excellence, energy and flair!”