“Be yourself – Make mistakes – Learn from it”
(Oliver Bonke, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, EAME – Starwood)
The Young Hoteliers Summit (YHS) has welcomed 65 delegates from twenty different International Hospitality schools as well as 50 industry leaders and students from the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne. Coming into its fourth year, it was held from 18th to 20th March 2013. Three final year students represented Les Roches: Isabel Eisenach (Germany), Ayesha Ahmad (Brunei) and myself (from Germany as well). Mr. Remy, our Program Manager, accompanied us.
Spread over four days, the YHS featured a myriad of activities. One of the key features was the Challenge provided by Starwood Hotels and Resorts. The teams were made up of five representatives from different universities developing actionable business solutions in regards to Employer Branding “How can the negative image of Hoteliers be changed?” Before working on the proposal we attended theoretical sessions where I really enjoyed the panel interviews with inspiring hoteliers who included the entire audience in their discussions.
3 M’s – Mix? Moving? Missing?
Ted Teng, CEO Leading Hotels of the World stated his 10 principles to become successful. Mr. Teng’s talk about the “Daily Elevator speech” was very motivating as he stated how important it is to think on your feet. Even though we are in the world of search engines, how valuable is memorization actually? Attitude and value cannot be Googled, and have to come from the heart of a person.
We are all young graduates looking for job opportunities, Mr. Teng gave the advice to base our decision on:
- Content of the job offer
- Who to deal with?
- Place of life
- Wealth created
Considering all these aspects and doing what you believe in will create person fulfillment according to Mr. Teng. We all define our future and the success of others shall not limit us.
The YHS 2013 was an amazing event and extremely well organized by the EHL students. It was a great success in every aspect. The best of the best hoteliers came together and the opportunities for networking were endless. It was not only great to exchange knowledge and ideas with so many other students and teachers. Moreover the YHS also enabled us to interview industry leaders and other participants for our dissertation, which we will submit in May to obtain our Honors degree.