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25 05, 2017

“A Sensation of Cultures” at HTMi International Gala Event Spring 2017

Congratulations to leadership of the Events Centre , the Higher Diploma and Postgraduate Event Management students for organising the 22nd International Gala Event “A Sensation of Cultures”, held on Friday, 5th May 2017. Congratulations to the whole school for helping make this event a great success. The high standards of hospitality of the HTMi student body, was well appreciated by the guests of the event, who were delighted with numerous performances, which took the guests on a trip around the world, to see famous traditional performances, accompanied by first-class service.

The Event theme was a “Sensation of Cultures” and the HTMi students accomplished this with a gourmet five-course menu where guests were delighted with a variety of food, under the keen supervision of HTMi’s Culinary Centre. As part of the theme, the students managed to create an outstanding ambience, design and décor. Upon arrival, guests were welcomed into the lobby to check-in for their first-class journey around the world, accompanied with an apero. Thereafter the guests were escorted into the Restaurant and greeted by HTMi Airlines` flight attendees, as the HTMi Airways was about to depart as they were led into an elegant, colourful and multicultural atmosphere.

In the Grand Finale, the Higher Diplomas with other students ended the evening with lots of excitement by performing Chris Brown and Pitbulls` International love, which was an exciting end to a truly amazing event.

HTMi is proud to support for the “Rainforest Alliance”, as this organization is globally recognized for its initiative. During the semester the Higher Diploma students from the Marketing & Sponsorship Department were instrumental in raising funds through various charity initiatives that were warmly embraced by the student body.

HTMi was honoured to host the representatives from the Embassies of Hungary, Georgia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Greece. We would also like to thank the strong support of the HTMi International Diplomatic Relations Dept, especially to the hard work of Mr Vinoth Prakas, Ms Aishah Siti, and Mr Laszlo Nagy.

We would like to thank all the ladies and gentlemen of HTMi from all classes for their hard work, dedication, commitment, support and tireless effort in making this International Gala Event such an enjoyable, successful and memorable evening. A final thank you goes to Chef Andreas Kurfürst and his team of culinary chefs and the students of the baking & pastry course for their outstanding performance in creating the food menu and a dessert buffet that left the guests breathless. A big thank you also goes to Madame Michele Schuster, Food & Beverage Manager and Mr. Yazan Sudki, Lifestyle Manager for their incredible support.

– HTMi Media Release from the Centre for Events Management, May 2017

21 05, 2017

Our BSc Students Eugene & Charles Share Their HTMi Stories.

Pictured: Charles (left), Eugene (right)

Charles Lee:

My name is Charles from Singapore. HTMi Singapore has been a great starting place which have kick-start my career in the hotel industry. Even though, in the beginning having contemplated if i should join the School. I was glad that i had joined the school. Moving to my experience in Switzerland.

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page” quotes from the philosopher Augustin is one motivation why I came out of Singapore to go see the world and expose myself. The Swiss education in HTMi is the opportunity to see the world. The HTMi Journey has exposed myself to different cultures from all over the world but more importantly, it is a journey to discover who I am. As much as studies are very important, I really treasure each and every friend who I have to spend my time here within this semester. In my most heartfelt ways, I appreciate each and every teachers and staff in HTMi that have helped me. I look forward to my next internship in Swissôtel in Zürich as an F&B trainee.The internship will definitely be exceptional fun and enriching one that I hope will not only give me the experience but the memories that I can be proud of. Thank you.

 

Eugene Koh:

I am Eugene Koh, currently pursuing my Bachelors of Science Degree at HTMi Switzerland. Before heading to Switzerland I was already in touched with the industry as I have worked at several hotels in Singapore, where I worked in the kitchen; from banquets kitchens all the way to Michelin-starred kitchens, but soon after I realised that kitchen and its operations are just a small sector of the whole hotel experience, so I decided to widen my knowledge by choosing a reputable and reliable school which could supply me with not just knowledge but also opportunities to apply the knowledge in real life situations. Thus, I started my journey of finding a school which offers me that.

I came across many reputable international schools during my journey. After considering multiple schools and looking at the recognition of the certificate and other factors, HTMi’s brand kept popping up in my mind and telling me that it is the right institute for me to pursue my further education. So I started off my journey at HTMi Singapore. During my time there, I obtained a Higher Diploma in International Hospitality Management. I was told by my instructor which are friends after school hours, that I should pursue my further education at HTMi Switzerland. I had my doubts as it was my first time travelling out of my home country Singapore and putting myself in an International environment, although I have heard from many of my friends and colleagues that Switzerland is a country where hospitality schools are reputable and the certificate from the country is widely accepted and treasured. So, after much consideration, I told myself “why not? What is the worst that could happen?”. During this critical duration of my decision, HTMi Singapore informed me that we are coming to HTMi Switzerland for a study trip, and I could see for myself the school, its facilities and allowing to feel whether if this school is right for me.

After the study trip, I was blown away as to how professional everyone was, they dressed well, talked professionally, and most importantly the relationship between lecturers and students are very close, and I appreciate that a lot.

As of today, I never regretted coming to an international school and coming to HTMi Switzerland for my education, I am supported by my lectures and close friends all the time during school hours and even after school hours on my studies and personal matters. During one time, I was struggling to get comfortable with my classmates as it was my first time in an international environment but I was advised to break away from my own bubble and fully open myself to experiences. I really appreciate the time and effort my lecturers have put into my personal development, although they were strict at times, I could understand their rationale and it provides me with a continuous challenge to further improve myself.

At the moment of writing this passage, I am left with 3 weeks towards the completion of my Bachelors. To be very honest, I will really miss this school, the environment and the things I have taken away from it.

Looking forward, from the support by the school’s career center, I got the opportunity to have my internship at Marriott Zürich as an Executive Lounge Trainee. I am looking forward to seeing what lies ahead of me and also further looking forward to using what I have learned from school to apply to the industry.

Thank you once again to HTMi for guidance towards my personal growth in character and education.

18 05, 2017

Exploring the Swiss Viticulture in the beautiful area of Stein am Rhein

As part of the Academic program, we have taken our Diploma students to visit a typical Swiss Vineyard and learn about viticulture and vinification practices.

This was an excellent occasion for the students to learn about the opportunities and challenges winemakers are dealing with every year. In particular, this year`s winterkill which has caused an enormous damage throughout Swiss and European vineyards.

After finishing with the academic program, the students had the chance to try some of the finest wines as the courtesy of the Glesti winery, followed by a barbecue and a visit to the beautiful small Swiss town Stein am Rhein.

We would like to sincerely thank the Glesti family for welcoming us to their vineyard and for the great hospitality.

http://www.glesti-weinbau.ch

More about this years winter kill in the vineyard:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/apr/28/french-winemakers-candles-heaters-helicopters-save-vines-frost-bordeaux-champagne

17 05, 2017

Swisstouches Guangzhou Hotel Residences

We are delighted to announce that another Swisstouches Hotel is on standby to open very soon. Located near to Guangzhou airport, this unique Swiss hotel residence concept is the first of its kind in China. The natural beauty of Switzerland’s landscape inspires the design. Swisstouches has been planning this brand launch for three years, and we will announce the official opening very soon. The handover ceremony is pictured.

– Swisstouches Media, 17th June 2017

16 05, 2017

The HTMi Alumni Network is Moving Forward

The HTMi Career Centre has the pleasure to offer some great updates for our Alumni. We are working hard to revamping the actual network and to encourage more the communication and collaboration process.

First of all, we are proud to announce that the Alumni website, at www.myhtmi.ch, has been upgraded and relaunched. Please visit it and see all the projects we are currently developing and you will find out useful information! Even more, we care about our Alumni and their opinions, so do not hesitate to write us for improvements and suggestions.

Did you know about the HTMi Alumni Reunions? We have just organised the first three gatherings in Singapore, Bucharest and Budapest with the aim to facilitate the meeting and networking between the current and future Alumni. It is a new project, but with your support and with the increasing number of HTMi students and Alumni worldwide, for sure it will start growing. Moreover, in order to facilitate these reunions, as well as main pillars of this project, HTMi is looking for Alumni Presidents in different regions of the world. Are you interested? – visit the website and write us at [email protected] for further information.

Last but not least, stay connected with the HTMi Career Centre and all the HTMi Alumni on Facebook, LinkedIn, or just email us! Also, please do not forget to check the new volume of the HTMi Insider for the latest news from Sörenberg and all over the world.
12 05, 2017

HTMi International is Happy to Announce an Important Relationship Contract with the East European University Tbilisi, Georgia.

HTMi Switzerland is very happy to share another great update in the development of our international relations. At our Biannual Gala Event we are proud to welcome Ambassadors, Diplomats, Industry leaders and invited guests to our Campus in Sörenberg. At our most recent event we were very pleased to sign an important academic relationship with the East European University Tbilisi, Georgia  Our Managing Director Mr. Ian Larmour signed the agreement with Dr. David Cherkezishvili, Rector and Dr. Shalva Machavariani, Vice-Rector.

This new collaboration is strongly supported by the Georgian Government and we are very honoured to have present and witnessing the signing Mr. Ilia Marjanidze, Senior Council for the Embassy of Georgia, Bern. This academic relationship will open up many new and exciting opportunities for Georgian students.

(From left to right: Mr. Vinoth Prakas, Dr. Shalva Machavariani, Mr. Ian Larmour, Mr. Ilia Marjanidze, Dr. David Cherkezishvili, Mrs. Nona  Marjanidze, Mr. Charles Hains, Mrs Nona Meskhishvili, Mrs Natalia Dvali and Mr. David Hailstones)

11 05, 2017

HTMi International is Happy to Announce an Important Relationship Contract with the Budapest Business School Faculty of Commerce, Hospitality and Tourism

HTMi Switzerland is very happy to share another great update in the development of our international relations. At our Biannual Gala Event we are proud to welcome Ambassadors, Diplomats, Industry leaders and invited guests to our Campus in Sörenberg. At our most recent event we were very pleased to sign an important academic relationship with the Budapest Business School Faculty of Commerce, Hospitality and Tourism, Hungary. Our Managing Director Mr. Ian Larmour signed the agreement with Dr. Dénes Sándor, representing the University.

This new collaboration is strongly supported by the Hungarian Government and we are very honoured to have present and witnessing the signing Ms. Zsuzsanna Banyai, the Economic Department Attaché and Mr. Zsolt Orban, Consul to the Embassy of Hungary, in Bern. This academic relationship will open up many new and exciting opportunities for Hungarian students.

(From left to right: Mr. Vinoth Prakas, Mr. Charles Hains. Mr. Zsolt Orban, Dr. Dénes Sándor, Ms. Zsuzsanna Banyai, Mr. Ian Larmour, Mr. Rohit Bhatia, Mr. David Hailstones and Mr. Laszlo Nagy)

9 05, 2017

New on Hospitality TV: Hospitality TV – Dominik Stračár’s Experience at Barista Roku 2017 in Prague

We sat down with our Diploma student Dominik Stračár to talk about his passion for coffee and what it was like to prepare and participate at the Barista Roku Competition in Prague, Czech Republic.

After lots of hard work and training at HTMi with Mr. Yazan Sudki along with the support of Mr. Roger Wittwer at KAFISCHMITTE (www.kafischmitte.ch) and Mr Andre Eiermann at UCC Coffee Switzerland (www.ucc-coffee.ch) Dominik was able to reach the semi finals, and now is preparing to compete at the Swiss Barista Competition in 2018.

“It was last year, when I made up my mind to compete. The reason I compete is not because I want to win…that’s just a bonus of hard work. No, the reason I compete is because I want to learn more about coffee and all the hard work that goes into it before we even drink it.” – Dominik

 

 

9 05, 2017

HTMi Student Roshan Joshua Abraham Shares His Story

My name is Roshan Joshua Abraham. However, at HTMi grounds, I am often referred and called to simply as Joshua. I am 20 years old and was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I have always had an interest in hospitality and culinary arts.  Upon graduating high school back in 2014, I enrolled in the Malaysian Campus of Le Cordon Bleu. When I graduated the course, I realised I wanted to further my studies in the field of hospitality and management. That is where HTMi came in. I had previously come across HTMi and its relevant modules and beautiful setting in Sörenberg way back when I was 15 and even then had thought that study in Switzerland took root then. I recalled my fascination with HTMi and realised that study there would benefit me greatly.

I joined the institute back in January 2016 the spring semester. It has been such whirlwind yet steep learning curve. I have learnt and gained so much awareness in study and living and I still continue to do so everyday. My first internship was an F&B/ housekeeping cross training.  This experience enabled me to witness first hand how an establishment functions and it was all thanks to HTMi and their resourceful career centre.  The staff and teachers are extremely helpful and consistently encourage me to hone my craft in order to prepare me for the real world (which I will be joining very shortly).  I am about to commence my second internship shortly at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Florida, for a culinary trainee position.

I look forward to applying new skills for when I return to HTMi and eventually to my future work endeavours. It is a fun and friendly environment here and I know all students leave here with an unforgettable experience!

8 05, 2017

HTMi Baking and Pastry Arts Student Atika Rahma Shares Her Story

I am Atika Rahma, and I came from the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta. I lived in Jakarta since I was born until I turned 16 years old. All my life I’ve had the goal is to become a well-known pastry chef and own a famous restaurant in my own country. Baking and Pastry always took place in my heart since I was six years old, that is why later then I decided to move from Jakarta to the neighbouring> country Singapore. After finishing my ten years of formal education in Jakarta, I moved to Singapore to study in Pastry and Baking for almost two years. Also in Singapore I completed a seven month long internship as a pastry trainee in the Shangri-La Hotel. It was a very interesting and challenging journey. I got the chance of working in two stations: production kitchen, and cake shop station, where I was chosen to become the person in-charge for three weeks in a row. In addition, I had another kitchen experience that took place in Mercure Hotel Jakarta. I was there for Christmas and New Year’s Eve in 2015. After I finished my Diploma studies in Singapore, I decided to move to Switzerland to further my education and gain bachelor certificate. I chose HTMi because HTMi is a very good school for hospitality, tourism, culinary and pastry. HTMi is located in Sörenberg, Switzerland which is known to have the best hospitality industry in the world over the past few years. In the past four months that I have been here, I have learned a lot of things and also gained valuable new experiences. I really like this school. The teachers are very helpful, the students are very warm and diverse which. It is great to learn about everyone’s cultures. I believe that HTMi will lead me to a bright future ahead and I really looking forward to gaining a new internship experience in a Swiss Hotel. I look forward to continuing my studies over the next two years then I can go back to my home country with the knowledge that I earned, and eventually make my dream come true; open my own restaurant and give job opportunities to people in my country who have the same passion as I do.

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