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Why Hospitality?

One of the World’s oldest industries is the Hospitality industry and at the same time world’s fastest growing industry. An estimate of World Travel and Tourism Council states that in coming five years, the hotel and tourism industry will generate more than 260 million jobs worldwide; consisting average of one position in every ten jobs worldwide. No other industry but hospitality offers a wide range of career opportunities, an industry that plays a major role in almost every country’s economy.

Hospitality industry has wide ranges of career opportunities hence making this industry exciting and lucrative to work in i.e. Restaurant management, lodging management, recreational management, travel and tourism, meeting and convention planning and institutional management are few of the many to choose from.

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Les Roches again ranked among the top hospitality management schools worldwide!

In a global survey of 5-star hotel hiring managers, Les Roches was ranked number 2 among all international hospitality management schools for an international career.  Statistically, three institutes occupy this ranking position.  (TNS Global Survey, September 2010). 
This industry research was conducted by one of the most respected market research firms in the industry, Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS). The goal of the ranking survey was to benchmark academic programs and career prospects for students in international hospitality education universities.
How was the research conducted?
In the summer of 2010, an online survey was delivered to an extensive worldwide employer database. The potential respondent database is comprised of more than 50,000 hospitality professionals working in more than 70 countries. The potential respondents received an email from TNS inviting them to participate in this survey, which was then accessed by a link to a questionnaire which was hosted on a secure site by TNS. To maintain objectivity, the name of Laureate/LHE was not revealed to respondents. Over 10’000 recipients opened the email, while over 1’000 clicked on the link of the survey itself.

What was asked in the survey ?

  • Respondents were asked to respond to the following: ‘Thinking about the hiring of graduates for an international career in the hospitality industry, from the following list of hospitality management schools, please select the ones you would consider to be in your Top 10.
  • 74 schools were offered, randomized by country, plus the option to list others.

What were the results?

  • The top 4 schools as rated by industry hiring managers are Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Glion Institute of Higher Education and Cornell University. This result matches the findings of the TNS survey conducted in 2007 in the sense that Les Roches International School of Hotel Management remains among the top hospitality schools in the world for an international career.
  • Of note is that three of the top four schools are Swiss hospitality management institutes. Switzerland remains the foremost worldwide leader in international hospitality management education.
  • Six of the Top 10 schools have direct links with Switzerland.

Like any research, the results of this survey should be considered within the factual context and methodology of the survey. To increase transparency, the White Paper is available on line offering the complete details of how this survey was conducted.
Rankings should be only one factor among many that students consider when choosing an educational institution. Other factors such as the cultural diversity of the student body, the range of majors offered, accreditation and recognition, faculty credentials, the quality of the facilities, the location of the campuses, and a visit to the institution should help the student to make the best choice.

We wish you success as you explore your options for an exciting future in the field of international hospitality management!

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Hospitality is also one of the fastest growing sectors of the global economy. Hospitality including tourism and travel is the world’s largest industry, generated over USD 6 Trillion in revenue, equal to an increadible 10.6% of the global GDP. World Travel and Tourism Council research is based on a total of 174 national economies worldwide: the industry generates 221.6 million jobs. World travel and tourism is expected to grow by 4.6% per year between 2010 and 2015.