Stenden South Africa attended the 10thEdition of the Young Hoteliers Summit (YHS) in Lausanne Switzerland, which took place from the 25th– 27thMarch 2019. Hospitality Management Lecturer, Karen Hecht as well as two of Stenden South Africa’s Hospitality Management students Sange Loliwe and Dylan Cottrill attended the Summit.

The 10th Edition of the Young Hoteliers Summit celebrated and illustrated the great diversity and width to which the hospitality industry has progressed. While relying on traditionally inspired business models, today’s hospitality sector has developed into a multifaceted landscape, where the continuous evolution of consumer behavior and the growing power of online disruptors have substantially impacted the number of stakeholders and, thereby, increased the industry’s complexity significantly. In order to honor YHS’s anniversary and its associated accomplishments the 10th Edition narrated hospitality success stories and simultaneously build a roadmap for the future leaders of the industry: Envisioning – Defining – Succeeding – Three powerful words guiding the content for three insightful days

Karen had the following to say about their trip, “Our trip to Switzerland to attend the YHS  was nothing short of amazing. From the organisation which was all done by a group of students from the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, to the Gala dinner at Montreux Palace, the inspirational key note speakers, my personal favourite being Martijn Brouwer, the GM of astronaut Relations and Hospitality for Virgin Galactic, to the interesting panel discussions.  Our students did well with the challenge that was given to them, with Dylan Cottrill ending in the top 4 out of 16 groups. The students and myself networked with many new colleagues and friends from around the world. I would encourage all eligible students to apply for the summit for next year, as it is an invaluable, inspirational experience.”

This was the sixth time that Stenden South Africa attended the YHS and  we look forward to attending many more in the future.