Hotel Ezra Cornell, a Student-run Hospitality Showcase
at Cornell, April 12-15, 2007
|Ithaca, N.Y., November 10, 2006 — When the student Board of Directors
of the 82nd Annual Hotel Ezra Cornell (HEC) decided that this year’s theme
would be “Sustainability Through Innovation,” they were aiming to create
“The Summit of Hospitality Education.”
For 82 years, HEC has been an essential part of the Cornell Hotel School; soon, HEC will become an essential part of the entire hospitality industry.
Hotel Ezra Cornell is a weekend-long, student-run hospitality conference. The weekend features a delicate blend of education and leisure. Industry leaders attend HEC in order to mingle with students, learn cutting-edge business concepts, and enjoy a feast of culinary delights.
What makes HEC 82 unique from the 81 preceding HECs is the deeply meaningful and relevant theme, “Sustainability Through Innovation.” The theme originated from the question: what must innovative hospitality organizations do in order to survive and to thrive? The world is fast changing, and stagnant organizations quickly become dead organizations. What everyone may not know, however, are the keys to success—the keys to staying alive and relevant as a hospitality organization. HEC will be the place for students and guests to find answers.
So, what exactly comprises a conference about “Sustainability Through Innovation”? To begin, the keynote will be titled “Innovating an Empire” and will feature one or more renowned leaders of the hospitality industry. (But we can’t tell you who because it’s a surprise!)
Another panel, titled “Sustaining the Environment,” will focus specifically on the “green” aspect of the theme. HEC 82 will also incorporate many student projects: from original academic research to creative business concepts to student/business collaborations.
For example, Sue Brush, the Senior Vice President of Westin Hotels and Resorts, will showcase her collaboration with students and professors through an interactive case study. Guests will be invited to do their “homework” ahead of time and participate in a lively case discussion to explore how Westin’s innovative branding strategies have sustained the organization for many years.
Knowing that guests will require a break from the intellectual, students are planning leisure activities, such as a chocolate demonstration event, a Banfi wine tasting, and a culinary mystery box competition. On Friday, April 13, a gala banquet will honor the past, present, and future of HEC; afterward, guests will be swept off to the Johnson Museum of Art for cocktails, live music, and fireworks!
Registration for the 82nd Annual Hotel Ezra Cornell, “the Summit of Hospitality Education” is now open online at www.hotelezracornell.com.
Questions about the conference or registration can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The leaders of HEC 82 will also be roaming the International Hotel/Motel and Restaurant Show in New York City and can be found at the Cornell Hotel School booth from Sunday, November 12th to Tuesday November 14th.
|Also See:||Hotel Ezra Cornell, a Student-run Hospitality Conference, Set for April 6-8 in Ithaca; Hospitality Media Leaders to Make Up Keynote Panel / February 2006|
|Students at The Cornell Hotel School Take Over the Statler Hotel to Host 200 Industry Executives for Annual Conference, Known as Hotel Ezra Cornell / April 2001|