Hotspot for Hoteliers
Every year, the Young Hoteliers Summit brings aspiring hoteliers and leading companies from the hospitality and tourism industries together. For the summit’s 10th anniversary, IUBH students Hubertus Kempen and Viktor Liu travelled to Switzerland together with Professor Dr Beverley Wilson-Wünsch.
The Young Hoteliers Summit (YHS), an international networking platform for the hotel and hospitality industry, recently celebrated its tenth anniversary under the motto “Envisioning – Defining – Succeeding”. IUBH Campus Studies student Hubertus Kempen and IUBH Distance Learning student Viktor Liu travelled to Switzerland together with Hospitality Management Professor Dr Beverley Wilson-Wünsch to visit the summit at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne.
Industry Summit with a vision for the future
“At the YHS, we had a unique opportunity to meet leading managers and companies in the industry as well as hospitality management students from all over the world,” says Hubertus Kempen. “We also had the privilege of attending inspiring panel discussions and keynote speeches on topics such as ‘The Pitfalls and Challenges in 21st Century Management and Leadership’. It gave us valuable insights into developments in the hotel industry and practical ideas about how we can best prepare for a career in the industry”.
Sleepless night in Lausanne
The three-day programme included a get-together directly on Lake Geneva and a gala dinner at the Fairmont Montreux Palace. “Equally memorable was a sleepless night at Hotel Mövenpick Lausanne, where we as students worked in international teams on an AccorHotels Challenge. Based on real data, we developed a new concept for the Accor Group to improve the online reviews of their hotel restaurants in Singapore, Paris and Tokyo. Our coursework at IUBH prepared us well for this kind of project – and our pitch in front of 300 spectators was a great success and a fantastic experience”.
After three insightful days – and exchanging numerous business cards – the participants from all over the world set off to return home. “Impressed by this new international network, we are excited about meeting each other again at some point somewhere in the future,” says Kempen.