Young Hoteliers Summit 7th Edition – March 14-16, 2016

The 7th Edition of the Young Hoteliers Summit welcomed delegates from 40 hospitality management institutions around the world along with key industry players and hospitality leaders to Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne. The days evolved around the topic « Technology and The Game Changers of Modern Hospitality. »

The Young Hoteliers Summit was delighted to welcome Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts as Challenge Provider to its 7th Edition, Dorchester Collection and Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI) as Royal Partners, Expedia as Rankings Partner and The Leading Hotels of the World (LHW) as Exposure Partner. This entire event wouldn’t have been possible without their support.

Highlights of the Summit were the keynote addresses by Lorenzo Stoll (Head of Western Switzerland at SWISS International Air Lines) and Simon Casson (Regional VP and General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel Dubai at Jumeirah Beach) as well as the different panel discussions:

Panel 1: “On the Heels of the Millenials: Generation Z, Technology, and the Job Market” with Eugenio Pirri (VP People and Organizational Development @ Dorchester Collection), Heather Jacobs (Senior VP Corporate and International HR @ Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts), Pablo Alcacer (Director Business Performance EMEA @ The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd.), Jérôme Bühlmann (Director Talent Management @ FRHI Hotels & Resorts) and Woody Wade (Senior Planning Expert @ Hotel Yearbook)

Panel 2: “Online Distribution or Online for Good? The Distribution Continues.” with Geneviève Materne (Director of Distribution Strategy, EMEA @ Starwood Hotels & Resorts), Huda Malhas (Corporate Director Marketing Communications, EMEA @ Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts), Kevin Mauffrey (Director, Market Management @ Expedia) and Terence Baker (Reporter, Europe @

Panel 3: “Hotel Technologies: Minimizing Risks or
Maximizing Opportunities?” with Dr. Hilary Murphy (Associate Dean and Professor @ Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne), Jannik Lempken (Business Development Manager @ conichi), Julia Aymonier (Chief Information Officer @ Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne) and Mark Campbell (Chief Information Officer @ Dorchester Collection)

Panel 4: « The Industry’s Hot Topics – New Growth Areas and an Opportunity for Employment? » with Jonathan Humphries (Senior Lecturer @ Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne), Katherine Le Quesne (Travel, Hospitality & Leisure Advisory @ Deloitte), Alex Slors (Senior Asset Manager @ Global Asset Solutions), Jonathan Langston (Chief Operating Officer @ CBRE Hotels) and Oliver Judge (Managing Director @ Hetherley Capital Partners)

Another highlight was the YHS Challenge, in which Four Seasons asked students to create game changing career paths that go from university to General Manager in less than 9 years. Congratulations to the winning team Brenda Pais (Ryerson University), Erlend Birkeland (Norwegian School of Hotel Management), Gerald Murati (University of West London), Hannes Schild (SSTH), Katrin Markolf (Hotelfachschule Heidelberg), Kristen Haff (IPFW), Magali Vincent (ITHQ), Marc Lluis Benaiges (EUHT), Sander Mohr (Hotel School The Hague) and Sarah Murdoch (Cornell University).

Thank you everyone for your support and we can’t wait to see you at the #YHSconnects #7thEdition