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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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For over 40 years the SSTH Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality has prepared young people for their professional career, with a particular focus on hospitality and gastronomy. All of our programs, at all educational levels, have a strong leaning towards hands-on experience. Thanks to well-founded knowledge and practical work experience, our graduates can be involved in the field immediately and are comfortable with, and able to accept, responsibility.

Throughout their SSTH education, our students are in demand as personnel in the hospitality industry. Every year they support service teams in hotels, at events and banquets, with the know-how to serve guests in a courteous and efficient manner. These practical experiences are very valuable support for the education provided at SSTH.

Along with external events, students also have the opportunity to be involved in banquets and other activities organised in the school hotel. These can be for up to 200 guests, or even more than 2000, as is the case with the annual on-campus Food Festival.

With approximately 700 students it is possible to cultivate a personal contact with our students. Furthermore we set a high value on our learning environment, which involves a combination of trust, respect and style.

Swiss School of Hotel and Tourism Management

In 1970 the first international students were accepted onto the hotel management program, and at first the students followed the program in the German language. Subsequently, and continuing to date, the program has been offered in the English language, following the same three-year curriculum as that in the German language division.
Since 2004 SSTH has successfully offered a Postgraduate Diploma, for students with
a university degree from another discipline. A Language Preparation Course (mainly English, but with some elementary German included) broadened the educational offer
in 2006. Since 2008 a Bachelor of Arts degree has been offered on the campus in Passugg, in co-operation with Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland. This university program is open to students from both the English and German division, and is fully taught in English. Also, for more than 15 years, an exchange program has been in place with the University of Delaware in the United States of America. Every year students from the University of Delaware spend a semester of their degree program at SSTH in Passugg, while students from SSTH have the opportunity to complete their study program, with one extra year, to earn a Bachelor Degree in the USA.

School Hotel

In 1988 SSTH was able to move from the Hotel Chur into the former Spa Hotel in Passugg. Since then the Colleges of Applied Science department has been located in this former hotel, with appropriate facilities to educate and accommodate the students.
At the moment 170 students live in either single or double rooms, while local Swiss students, on the final two semesters, live out of the school hotel. In 1998 the school opened a newly constructed modern classroom annex, with an auditorium, a library, and computer facilitiy, directly connected to the school hotel. During an extensive renovation of the school hotel, the former Passugger Stübli was also renewed and refurbished. This is now Restaurant Paulaner’s, where specialities from Grisons and Bavaria are offered to outside guests as well as to our students. From 2009 through to 2011 further renovations are ongoing to develop and improve Campus Passugg.

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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.