The Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality (SSTH) has long been a front-runner in Swiss hospitality management education. Part of the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne Group and the Swiss Hotel Association, its outstanding reputation continues on a global scale as a College of Applied Sciences. SSTH offer two top degree programs, the Swiss Professional Degree and Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management. Both degrees are Swiss federally accredited.
The SSTH has plenty to celebrate this year. Not only are they celebrating their 50th anniversary, but SSTH are the winners of this year’s prestigious global challenge, the Young Hoteliers Summit.
The Young Hoteliers Summit is hosted every year at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne. This year, forty hotel management schools from across the globe sent their top students to take part in the competition. The competition tests the skills, knowledge and competencies of these ambitious future hoteliers and this year SSTH was represented by Hannes Schild and Dominique Andrea, students in the 5th semester of the degree program at SSTH.
In addition to keynote speakers, workshops and panel discussions, students were assigned a real-life challenge to reduce an existing 15 year training and development program for General Managers in the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, to only 9 years. The proposed training programs that students presented had one objective. They had to demonstrate a level of understanding and accuracy regarding the content of the training program that would ensure its successful introduction into the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Five leaders from the Group were judges.
After many presentations and many in-depth questions, the judges delivered their verdict. Hannes Schild’s team, had not only delivered a visually striking presentation but the content was, in their eyes, extremely comprehensive. They had also demonstrated clear training and development stages with very realistic outcomes, something they were certain would be easily introduced into the Group.
Hannes, the team leader who presented the winning solution to the panel commented on the overall experience:
“As an ambitious future hotelier, I really wanted the SSTH team to present one of the most dynamic and realistic solutions we could, and we did it! Of course, this was a team effort and my colleague Dominique and I couldn’t believe that out of 40 schools across the world, SSTH came out top.
Personally though, I benefited not just from the winning, but from the whole summit. It is a spectacular and very professional event. I met so many like-minded colleagues with the same passion and drive and also many key figures in the industry. With only one year left of my degree, I genuinely can’t wait to start my career.”
The prize for the winners was a weekend in a leading 5 star hotel with the opportunity to shadow the General Manager as well as relax and enjoy the luxuries on offer.
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