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Lausanne, 31st January 2014 – The Young Hoteliers Summit has officially launched with major partners for the 2014 Edition announced. FRHI Hotels & Resorts, encompassing the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts brands, have partnered as the 5th Edition Challenge Provider, this coming 17th – 19th March.

The 5th Edition summit represents a special anniversary for the Young Hoteliers Summit. 29 international hospitality management schools & university will be present, with Cornell School of Hotel Administration, Heidelberg Hotelfachschule, Florida, Modul Vienna, and Surrey Universities joining for the first time. Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Dorchester Collection, and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts were recently confirmed as Royal Partners for the event. The much anticipated annual YHS Rankings is also underway, giving a unique insight into students’ perception of hospitality brands as future employers.

As Challenge Provider, FRHI Hotels & Resorts is the main partner of the summit and presents the delegates with the Creativity Challenge – a current HR issue of the brand on which the delegates collaborate to bring actionable solutions. This leads to the core objective of YHS, aligning the three major stakeholders -hospitality companies, students and educational institutions – to improve professional opportunities for young talent in hospitality.

Matt Smith, Vice President of Talent & Learning for FRHI Hotels & Resorts and Pierre Botteron, Vice President, Human Resources for FRHI Hotels & Resorts Europe Region will co-present this year’s Challenge Provider Keynote on the topic of change leadership & the employment experience.

The Young Hoteliers Summit looks forward to a collaborative, innovative and stimulating anniversary gathering!

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 and Starwood, not to mention the presence of famous industry speakers such as Guy Crawford (CEO, Jumeirah Group), Kurt Ritter (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: Friederike Von Bunau

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