News for the Hospitality Executive
June 1, 2012 -SHANGHAI - Hospitality students around the world are eager for international career opportunities, and many are considering working in China after graduation, according to a survey jointly conducted by leading global hospitality company Hilton Worldwide and Les Roches Jin Jiang International Hotel Management College (LRJJ), China's top international hospitality management school.
The survey, which aimed to better understand young people's - popularly known as 'Generation Y' - thinking around careers in the industry, was conducted as part of the two-day 'Generation Y Conference' in Shanghai. A total of 473 students from leading hospitality schools across five countries - China, Switzerland, Australia, Spain and the United States - took part in the survey.
"China is witnessing an unprecedented growth in the hospitality sector, which presents huge opportunities for young people who have a passion for working in the industry. Hilton Worldwide is committed to nurturing young talent to support our expansion needs, help young professionals realize their career ambitions and also contribute to the overall development of the industry," said David Osborne, senior vice president, Human Resource Operations and Development, Hilton Worldwide. The company has an ambitious goal to extend and deepen its presence in China by expanding from the current 28 to over 100 hotels in the market by 2015.
In the survey, international career opportunities was cited as the top factor for choosing to study hospitality, with over half of respondents (51 per cent) citing it as one of their top five reasons. In addition, 65 per cent of students are considering working in China after graduation. Among students in the Asia Pacific region, Hilton Worldwide is the top choice to work for, with 57 per cent of them choosing it as one of the top three hotel groups they would consider working for.
Other key survey findings include:
"The value of hospitality education in preparing students for successful careers in the industry is well recognized and appreciated. We will continue to work closely with leading industry players like Hilton Worldwide in developing our curriculum to meet the changing needs of the workplace and provide our students a head start in their careers when they graduate," said Judy Hou, CEO of LRJJ.
Beyond partnerships with hospitality colleges, Hilton Worldwide also invests heavily in training initiatives for its close to 12,000 staff in China. Promising talent are offered international career development opportunities and access to professional training and development across functions. A structured succession planning program is also in place to groom talent into more senior roles faster.
"Talent is the most critical resource in the hospitality sector as it is the people who ultimately deliver the guest experience. Hilton Worldwide has invested heavily in talent development as we believe the company that is able to best attract and groom talent will gain a huge competitive edge in the rapidly expanding Chinese market," said Lawrence Lee, vice president, Human Resources - Greater China & Mongolia, Hilton Worldwide.
Its investment in staff training and development has earned Hilton Worldwide a strong reputation as an employer of choice in the hospitality industry, being one of only two players in the industry to be named in the '2011 Best Employer for Chinese University Students' survey conducted by ChinaHR.com on university students.
 Survey by Taylor Nelson Sofres PLC (TNS) conducted across on more than 50,000 hoteliers across 70 countries from Sep-Oct 2010
About Le Roches Jinjiang International Hotel Management College
Les Roches Jin Jiang (LRJJ) International Hotel Management College in Shanghai, China, addresses the growing demand for skilled hotel and hospitality executives both in China and internationally. By acquiring the knowledge, the practical and personal skills needed of hotel management; graduates will have a competitive advantage in pursuing careers in hospitality.
The college was founded in 2004 as a branch campus of the flagship Switzerland Les Roches International School of Hotel Management. Les Roches has over 55 years of experience preparing students through a trademark Swiss learning style.
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About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,800 hotels and timeshare properties, with 630,000 rooms in 91 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. Visitwww.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide atwww.facebook.com/