Young Hoteliers Summit (YHS 2014) Draws to a Close
on the FRHI Hotels and Resorts Challenge: providing innovative ideas to implement the employer value proposition of CONNECT – GROW – LIVE, to bring together the three brands of Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel as one family.
5 continents, bringing together the best hotel management schools globally, attended many keynotes, engaged in panels and participated in focus groups and workshops on relevant industry topics today. These topics include OTAs, technology, stakeholder management, hotel acquisitions and recruitment issues in hospitality today. With speakers such as Matt Smith, FRHI Hotels and Resorts, Cyril Ranque, Expedia and Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the UNTWO, the learning opportunities were reflected for the partners as they spent time with the delegates to understand their perspectives on brands, recruitment, graduate programs and more.
The final presentations took place in front of a FRHI Hotels and Resorts jury of JenniferDiRaddo (Manager of Campus Recruitment), Matt Smith (Vice President, Talent & Learning), Pierre Botteron, (Vice President, Human Resources – Europe Region), Christian Hoffmann (Manager Human Resources, Europe). Before announcing the winners, Mr Smith told delegates he was delighted with the input, and that "We will be able to use at least one idea from every team here tonight". The implementation of ideas presented will be followed up on and presented online in the next months. The winning team of Dennis Davidson, Hotelschool The Hague; Alexia Douyon, ITH Quebec; Alessandro Cagliesi, Les Roches Switzerland; Kerry Bell-Cross, Stenden South Africa; Teresa Lohr, Washington State University were overjoyed with the recognition and choice of their innovative ideas.
The Young Hoteliers Summit 2014 has now ended, but we can look forward to theputting into practice of the proposals, as the delegates return to all corners of the globe to pass on their experiences.
About FRHI Hotels & Resorts
FRHI Hotels & Resorts (FRHI) is a leading luxury hotel management
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opportunities for young talent in hospitality. It is the first entirely student focused and student run hospitality summit, designed to reduce the gap between the key stakeholders – industry, academic institutions and students from leading hotel management schools around the world. Creating a platform for knowledge and idea exchange, networking opportunities and a friendly competition, it works to foster a dialogue on employment related topics between these stakeholders. Its flagship event, the annual 3-day Global Edition Summit, is held at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne. YHS is truly a unique opportunity! www.yhsglobal.com
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