As HTMi is a hospitality school with traditions and due its high professionalism and standards, HTMi is well known in the Hospitality and Tourism industry. For these reasons, every semester the Centre for Events Management Training is contacted and our students chosen among many others to work in a variety of international events and conferences held both in Switzerland and globally. Within the past weeks, the students of HTMi worked at two major events.

Firstly, the Chedi Hotel Andermatt, a Leading Hotel of the World, requested a group of our students to work at a Swiss Political Gala Evening on Friday, 19th September 2014. The hotel managed by General Hotel Management (GHM), which manages some of the world’s most exceptional luxury hotels and resorts, opened one year ago and has been very successful since then. The students of HTMi showed excellent professional attitude, and therefore a great relationship with the management of the Chedi Andermatt was built. Moreover, our students reached a great level of experience in the work place. That is how great experience and knowledge are earned, our students were happy to get this opportunity and the hotel was happy to see the future employees in the hospitality field. Both parties were satisfied from the cooperation.

Secondly, we were approached by Congrex Switzerland, who provides consultancy and management services in the areas of association and congress management. HTMi and Congrex have an excellent relationship since many years. Three excellent students were selected to work at the three-day annual Miptec Conference held at the Basel Exhibition Centre. Over 4’000 scientists and doctors from around the world participated in this conference. Several teaching courses and workshops were held in the area of drug research. Miptec is a conference that specifies in translating research into drugs. An exhibition was also held during the conference where machinery for drug research was presented and sold. The students managed the food & beverage and VIP areas for the conference. This involved networking events and several external dinners for high-ranking scientists and business people. The students were managing all the coffee breaks, luncheons, dinners, an Oktoberfest themed apero and an autumn themed dinner.

The students were also in charge of taking care of the VIP area, which was a small lounge with its own separate catering. Some of the VIPs included the United States Ambassador to Switzerland, as well as senior researchers from large international pharmaceutical companies.

Overall the event was a huge success and the organisers where more than pleased with the work and professionalism of the HTMi students. They offered to hire us for future events and opt for a long lasting relationship with our HTMi Institute.

We congratulate all the students and thank them for upholding the high standards and positive image of HTMi.

The next international event where the HTMi students will be volunteering is the 2014 Armada Cup International Rowing Competition being held in Bern on Saturday, 25th October 2014.

Anthony Lack, HTMi Training & Events Manager, October 2014
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