Summit ’17

We are proud to present the panel discussions and introduce
the core orientation of the 8th and last edition of the Young Hoteliers Summit, which took place between March 13th and 14th 2017.

Tackle the Challenge of Conventionalism in the Hospitality Industry

The 8th Edition of the Young Hotelier’s Summit seeked to evaluate, assess, and adapt the traditional hospitality business model. In today’s hospitality industry, fast moving digital players increasingly gain importance in catering to an ever changing consumer behavior. The unstable environment of the industry drives the need to reinvigorate business practices and calls for the introduction of creative new structures.

Hospitality firms are currently going through a critical evolution period where strategic decision-making is key for individual firms to remain competitive. By involving a range of stakeholders, we aim to guide our delegates and students through the hospitality innovation process. The 8th edition questioned and reassessed hospitality companies from within, including product innovation, branding as well as an increased focus on strategy planning. YHS hosted panel discussions, keynote speeches, and workshops which examined these processes from a student, academic, and industry point of view.

Reinventing Luxury Hospitality

How Can We Invest Innovatively?

This panel aimed to gauge the most prosperous investment and innovation opportunities in luxury hospitality. From long-standing traditional hotel brands to Bulgari’s venture into branded-residence, the field of luxury is everlasting yet ever-changing. Would there be likelihoods for a cross-over between hospitality and other luxury industries? How can luxury be integrated to the real estate investors’ vision for mixed-use developments or assisted living? By bringing together various stakeholders on the spectrum of hospitality investment, we hoped to stimulate discussion to preview the future reinvention of luxury

Conceptualize, Plan, Benefit:

Find Your Footing in the Sustainable Future

This panel discussion aimed to address the key benefits, motivations, and the practice crucial to the development of hospitality projects. As an industry, we seek to understand, the apt timing for implementing sustainability practices, and what the key benefits are from doing so. To fully understand the impact of these practices, we should understand the key players. Who takes the ownership of sustainability projects, how does each stakeholder individually benefit from such practice, and who are the new generation of stakeholders in an evolved industry?

Power of Big Data: Gather, Convert and Implement

How Information Changes the Industry

There is an enormous amount of data in the hospitality and tourism industry created by each guest from the moment they start dreaming about their next holiday destination or planning their next business trip. With more and more mobile devices and bookings through those smart phones the trace of date left behind increases every day. This panel discussion focused on how the power of big data affects the hospitality and tourism industry. We examined this phenomenon from a marketing, booking and operational point of view. By answering questions such as: How can this data be converted into insights that can help a hotel brand understand and attract their customer base in order to gain a competitive advantage? How can hotels make use of big data in order to help their frontline employees to offer a personalized experience? And last but not least, will online travel agencies share or sell date in order for hotels to be more profitable? Very soon data will become an important aspect of the functioning of the hospitality sector because they provide hotel brands with limitless opportunities to grow their customer base on a global level. 

Innovative Business Models

Successfully Revolutionizing Hospitality

The hospitality industry has a rich and diverse history full of traditions. Not only globalization but also technology has changed the next generation of tomorrow. While the airline industry has adapted and reinvented themselves - traditional hotels have not reacted to the disrupters of the industry. This panel discussion gathered the most fast-moving and innovative companies in the hotel industry. We answered questions such as: How will the future hotel rooms look like? What are the latest consumer trends? How should traditional hotels reinvent themselves? 

 

Speakers

Peter Lofgren
Head of Group Engineering Operations
Jonathan Humphries
Chairman at HoCoSo & Senior Lecturer EHL
Bernhard Bohnenberger
President
Inge Huijbrechts
Global Vice President Responsible Business
Ramsey Mankarious
CEO & Founder
David Samson
Manager
Eric Ricaurte
CEO & Founder
Quinn Cox
Head of Partnerships
Ait Voncke
Vice President Account Management EMEA
Marco P. Nijhof
Consultant & Professional Speaker on Hospitality & Guest Experience
Martin Rhomberg
Regional VP & General Manager
Steve Hood
Senior VP of Research STR and Founding Director of the SHARE Center
Martin Soler
Marketing Advisor
Russell Kett
Chairman
Jeremy Ward
Chief Operating Officer
Katharine Pottinger
Chief Hospitality Officer
Stefano Borzillo
Associate Dean, Director of the Bachelor, Professor
Georgios Chiotis
Head of Online and eCommerce
Ian Millar
Project Manager METRO Innovation Chair & Senior Lecturer EHL
Youri Sawerschel
Founder & Brand Strategist
Lyle Worthington
Chief Information Officer
Jens Lapinski
Managing Director
Katharine Le Quesne
Visiting Professor
Philipp Henle
Head of Global Development

Partners of the Global Summit '17

Challenge Provider

We were delighted to welcome The Student Hotel as our Challenge provider for the 8th edition of the Global Summit. The Student Hotel is pioneering a modern hybrid in hospitality, the likes of which have never been seen. Its mission is to meet the needs of demanding 21st century students and design-savvy travelers of today and meet in dynamic harmony. By fusing luxury, long-stay student accommodation with short-stay facilities for the social globetrotter.

Royal Partners

Having been the Challenge Provider of YHS' 6th edition in 2015 and Royal Partner since 2014, we were proud to welcome back Dorchester Collection this year as Royal Partner. The group has been operating a collection of the finest luxury hotels since 2006, pursuing excellence whilst honouring heritage.
We were also delighted to welcome back Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts as one of our Royal Partners. Challenge Provider for the 7th edition and Royal Partner since 2014. Their people-based culture is renown throughout the world of hospitality and the connection with their guests is a coveted distinction – one that they still uphold now and always.
Returning for the fourth time, we were incredibly pleased to present Expedia as a Royal Partner. Being one of the world’s leading companies for online travel and renown for its innovative drive, we were delighted to join forces once again to shape the future of the industry.

Exposure Partner

Once more, we were proud to welcome back The Leading Hotels of the World to YHS as our Exposure Partner. Established in 1928, LHW is today one of the largest luxury collections with more than 375 hotels in 75 countries.
Founded in 2013 and now trusted by over 5000 brands in more than 172 countries, Tint Socials aim is to integrate user-generated content, from 15 different channels, into websites in order to increase marketing performance.  
Generator is Europe’s fastest growing hostel brand located in the most central locations, they combine affordable luxury rooms with unique social events for the travelers and locals of Europe's coolest cities. 
Oasis aim is to change the way travelers experience the world's top destinations by offering a home meets hotel service. Because they believe that being adventurous doesn't have to mean sacrificing service. They created a new brand of hospitality that allows you to go off the beaten path—to truly experience a city or culture without giving up the conveniences you expect from your favorite hotel.

Sponsors

Participating Schools

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

USA

BEIJING HOSPITALITY INSTITUTE

China

CESAR RITZ COLLEGE

Switzerland

DUSIT THANI COLLEGE

Thailand

ECOLE HOTELIERE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

ECOLE HOTELIERE LAVASA

India

HOTEL SCHOOL SANT POL DE MAR

Spain

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

USA

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

USA

GLION INSTITUTE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Switzerland

HAAGA-HELIA UNIVERSTIY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

Finland

HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY

Hong Kong

UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES MAASTRICHT

Netherlands

HOTELSCHOOL THE HAGUE

Netherlands

HOTELFACHSCHULE HEIDELBERG

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

USA

INDIANA UNIVERSITY PURDUE UNIVERSITY FORT WAYNE

USA

INSTITUT DE TOURISME ET D'HOTELLERIE DU QUEBEC

Canada

INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES BAD HONNEF-BONN

Germany

LES ROCHES INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF HOTEL MANAGEMENT

Switzerland

MODUL UNIVERSITY VIENNA

Austria

BREDA UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

Netherlands

OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY

England

ESCOLA SUPERIOR DE ESTUDOS INDUSTRIAIS E DE GESTAO

Portugal

UNIVERSIDADE EUROPEIA

Portugal

ROYAL ROADS UNIVERSITY

Canada

RYERSON UNIVERSITY

Canada

SHANNON COLLEGE OF HOTEL MANAGEMENT

Republic of Ireland

SWISS SCHOOL OF TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY

Switzerland

STENDON SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa

STENDEN UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

Netherlands

SWISS HOTEL MANAGEMENT SCHOOL

Switzerland

THE EMIRATES ACADEMY OF HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT

UAE

UNIVERSITE DE LA SAGESSE

Lebanon

UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH

Canada

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS

USA

NORWEGIAN SCHOOL OF HOTEL MANAGEMENT

Norway

UNIVERSITY OF WEST LONDON

United Kingdom

VATEL NIMES INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SCHOOL

France

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSTIY

USA

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