Lausanne, 26th March 2014 - At the opening ceremony of this year's Young Hoteliers Summit, the 2014 Top Hotel Employer Ranking was revealed. Despite this year's Ranking bringing a significant shake up in many areas, YHS congratulates Starwood Hotels & Resorts in retaining first place as most desirable Hotel Company Employer 2014. Globally, respondents valued career and learning opportunities, as well as empowerment as the most important criteria when choosing an employer. The Global Top 3 are completed by the Peninsula Hotels and Marriott.

The Top 3 Ranked Management Trainee Program 2014 companies are revealed as Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, with Marriott and Swire Hotels coming in as 2nd and 3rd, and for Top Internship Employers, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Mandarin Oriental ranked first to third respectively.

The Young Hoteliers Summit is proud to establish this unique ranking on a yearly basis, giving valuable insight into hospitality students' perception of Hotel Company Employers. The 2014 Edition comprised of 78 schools, 99 nationalities and over 1000 responses. In addition to the generic report, the YHS Ranking team offers all companies referenced in the report the opportunity to commission a specific report.

Since the establishment of the Ranking, Expedia has acted as Patron and Young Hoteliers Summit Partner, with HOSCO Hospitality Network joining as Ranking Partner this year. The report in full is available to download on the Young Hoteliers Summit website yhsglobal.com/rankings. For more information, please contact the YHS Rankings Team at rankings@yhsglobal.com

About YHS

The Young Hoteliers Summit™ is held annually at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) and was founded by a passionate group of EHL students in 2010. It is the first hospitality summit to bring together leaders and students from top hotel schools around the world, acting towards improving professional opportunities for young talents of the industry.

From its first edition in 2011, the number of hospitality schools is continually rising having started with seven schools. The summit has welcomed well renowned partners such as Hyatt, Four Seasons, Starwood and Fairmont, not to mention the presence of famous industry speakers such as Guy Crawford (then CEO, Jumeirah Group), Kurt Ritter (then President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group) or Ted Teng (CEO, Leading Hoteliers of the World), making YHS a growing reference point for the hospitality industry.

Contact: Head of Press Relations, Friederike VON BUNAU

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