The 12th-14th March saw The 9th Edition of the Young Hoteliers Summit (YHS) which was hosted at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne. This is an annual event that targets industry professionals from around the world, and it marks the 5th one for Stenden South Africa. The summit boasts delegates from 40 hospitality management institutions from all around the world.

Dr Juliet Chipumuro, Academic Dean of the Hotel Management School at Stenden South Africa had the following to say about the YHS Summit, “Every year the Stenden SA Hotel school gives a once in a lifetime opportunity to every student who enrols in our Hospitality Management degree  to be selected to attend the Young Hoteliers Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland.” This year the two students that were selected were Jesse Stanley and Christabel Sibanda who were accompanied by Clare Du Plessis, a lecturer at Stenden South Africa. The selected students are both extremely dynamic and shared such excitement about the opportunity to showcase Stenden South Africa to the world.


The central theme of this year’s summit was:
“Eyes on the Future: Following the Momentum of Growth”.

The summit comprised of 3 days of networking with top industry professionals with an array of keynote addresses, panel discussions, and workshops. The build-up of the event drew into the YHS challenge whereby different delegates from around the world were placed in groups and were given a certain period of time to brainstorm and produce their findings. The YHS challenge provider this year was OneFineStay. The summit boasts delegates from 40 hospitality management institutions from all around the world.

Stenden South Africa is very proud to announce that Jesse Stanley was a member of the team that took first place in the Young Hoteliers Summit Challenge. This is indeed an absolute amazing achievement for both Jesse as well as the Stenden South Africa family.

Onward and upward Stenden South Africa – once again leading the pack, we couldn’t be prouder.