Meet Our Culinary Masters

Chef Rico Axel, “My culinary journey, I love my job!”

Chef Rico is a highly experienced European restaurant and catering head chef with a penchant for many cooking styles and cuisines spanning central European, French, German Italian, Swiss, Mediterranean, and through his culinary travels Asian cuisine. His foundation culinary education and experience in the warm and cold kitchens are in some of the finest restaurant and catering companies in Germany, France and Switzerland where he was most often Head Chef organising the kitchen operation for A la carte, buffet and catering operations. After his global culinary journey, Chef Rico, in recent years has moved towards the top alpine resort spa locations in Switzerland and now into the UNESCO biosphere where he is excited to be part of the HTMi international community in Sorenberg Kanton Luzern, UNESCO Biosphere.

Your next culinary course is at HTMi Switzerland in Swiss European Culinary Arts.

Chef Andreas Kurfürst, “Best wishes, great dishes!”

Chef Andy is a world champion baking and pastry arts chef, whose global culinary journey starts in Germany then spanning many senior chef experiences in hotels, and the kitchens of royalty mainly in the Middle East. Chef Andy’s culinary speciality in Baking and Pastry Arts, where he is well known on the global competitive stage as a World Chefs Association (WAGS) certified culinary judge; member of Emirates Culinary Guild (ECG), Canadian Chefs Federation (CCFCC), Saudi Arabian Chefs Circle (SARCA), Slovenian Culinary Academy (SCA), Syrian Chefs Guild (SCG) and President of the HTMi International Culinary Association. In 2017 Chef Andy led the UAE culinary team to become cake design world champions after finishing the winning cake at HTMi in Soerenberg.

Your next culinary course is at HTMi Switzerland in Swiss European Baking and Pastry Arts.

2021-10-12T14:24:45+01:00August 13th, 2021|Centre_Culinary, Education, News|

HTMi Research Group Launches Half-Year Journal Editions – 2021

Congratulations to the following Bachelor Degree and Higher Diploma student researchers for having their work published

Dang Ha My
Jana Phamova
Nguyễn Phẩm Yen Ngọc
Marusa Pikovnik

Nguyễn Minh Tiền
Khong Khanh Thủy
Vladimir Tsukurov
Yoyo Lee

The International Hospitality and Tourism Student Journal

Contemporary Issues in Hospitality Student Journal

2021-07-13T07:06:09+01:00July 13th, 2021|Education, News|

HTMi Research Journals – Q1 2021 Editions Published

Congratulations on the 1st quarter 2021 publications: to our Research Group, led by Dr Carlos Oberli, Mr Jack Iveson, Mate Hegyi and Polina Ermolaeva

Congratulations to our excellent student researchers for achieving their research publication.


International Hospitality and Tourism Student Journal :


Jun Wei Woo: Social-cultural impacts of tourism in Kota Kinabalu Sabah, Malaysia

Leon Post: Analysing the evolution of resident behaviour in urban and rural regions in the context of sustainable tourism development: A case study of the Netherlands

Linda Phanova: An Analysis of the Influence of Practical Courses in Hospitality Education on Students’ Future Career: a Case of Swiss Hospitality and Tourism Management Institutes

Martina Leép: An investigation of perceptions of workplace expectations and their influence on labour turnover: the case study of Corinthia Hotel Budapest


Contemporary Issues in Hospitality Student Journal :


Alexandra Rosu: An investigation of the impact of workplace cultural diversity on the formal enactment of Organizational Standards of Hotel Chains: The Case of JW Marriott Bucharest.

Marin Čače: An investigation on ecotourism travel motives and sustainable tourism development:

A Case Study on the Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Nicole Pesantes: Investigation of critical conditions for the implementation of empowerment at the workplace: case study of 5-star hotels in Geneva

Teresa Le: An investigation of the impact of cultural identity on travellers’ perceptions of a destination image: the case of Western European travellers’ perceptions on Vietnam




2021-04-08T19:45:16+01:00April 8th, 2021|Education, News|

Focus : Mr. Fabrice Tessier Guest Speaker for Global Student Forum 2021 21st April

“Accor’s Vision for the Hospitality Industry in a post-Covid19 World”.

HTMi Switzerland is pleased to announce that Mr. Fabrice Tessier, VP School Relations and Partnerships Talent & Culture, Accor, Paris, France will be one of its guest speakers at our Global Student Forum taking place on 21st and 22nd April 2021. Mr. Tessier will be talking about “Accor’s Vision for the Hospitality Industry in a post-Covid19 World”.

Fabrice has been a member of the Accor family since the beginning of his career, having worked in three operational as well as two regional and four corporate offices. His achievements have been rewarded with a recognition Award from Ecpat NGO in2004, a nomination for Innovation by The Hospitality Awards in 2010 as well as Company with best recognized relations with schools in 2018 and 2019.

Fabrice Tessier started his career as restaurant manager in Paris after his bachelor’s in hospitality management from Ecole Hôtelière de Paris. Loving the industry, he decided to pursue a career in hotel management and has worked in close areas of hotel operations, holding different positions including Trainer, and F&B Manager opening a Novotel in Comoros Islands. Fabrice’s passion has always been in developing talent within the organisation so the move into human resources was a natural progression.

One of Fabrice’s most notable experiences in 2000 when he was appointed Vice President Human Resources Accor in Asia based in Bangkok. 22,000 employees were working in the organization including 260 expatriates in 10 Asian countries. In the region, he oversaw the implementation of remuneration systems, boosted mobility both within and outside the region, developed national managers, and organized training programs for all employees. There, with the support of other hotels, he developed a partnership with Ecpat to promote actions protecting children from sexual exploitation in the tourism industry. This led to an agreement by many hotels to sign a Code of Conduct between Ecpat with WTO and UNICEF, now expanded within Accor. From there he moved to different positions in HR within Accor as VP HR, and Project Director.

Since 2010 he holds the position of VP School Relations and Partnerships for Accor Group. His role is aligned with the future needs of recruitment for Accor, namely, to identify and develop partnerships with the best Hospitality Schools, Universities and Business Schools. The goal is to see an increasing number of graduates taking management positions within Accor for the benefit of our industry development. Based in Paris, his department is part of the Hotel Services department in Corporate Talent & Culture. Fabrice gives lectures about HR-related issues in a few Universities and represents Accor in several School and Institution boards.

Anthony Lack, President of HTMi International Events Association

2021-04-06T16:50:53+01:00April 6th, 2021|Education, Events News, News|

News Release – HTMi Switzerland Proudly Announces International Speakers for Global Student Forum 2021

HTMi Switzerland is pleased to announce an international line up of guest speakers for our second Global Student Forum and International Research Conference taking place on the 21st to 22nd April 2021. We have the following guest speakers.

Ms. Kylie Thuyen, Human Resources Manager, The Grace Hotel, Sydney, Australia, a graduate of HTMi Switzerland
Dr. Thomas Sladko, Managing Director, ISPD Protocol & Diplomacy, Oman
Mr. John Lohr, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation Hosco, Barcelona, Spain
Mr. Fabrice Tessier, VP School Relations and Partnerships Talent & Culture, Accor, Paris, France

The forum will bring together a global audience of staff and students from HTMi Switzerland’s global hotel partners and institutes. The forum will allow the participants to think outside the box in creating an innovative concept for the hospitality and tourism industry.

The theme for the forum is “What source of innovation contributes to the salvation of the hospitality industry?”, which highlights the importance of innovation and implementation of initiatives in the hospitality industry, while striving for finding alternative solutions in business development and the post Covid19 pandemic era.

The event aims to enhance the advanced learning and innovation within all partnering hotels and institutions globally while setting a new industry standard through innovative business concepts.

Anthony Lack, President of HTMi International Events Association

2021-03-24T18:35:22+00:00March 24th, 2021|Education, Events News, News|

HTMi Switzerland Moves Up to Global Rank 13 in the QS World University Rankings – Hospitality and Leisure

HTMi Switzerland Moves Up to Global Rank 13 in the QS World University Rankings for Hospitality and Leisure

Visit the QS Rankings for Hospitality and Leisure Management:

Previously ranked 17, moves up in 2021 to rank 13, and top ten for “Employer Reputation”.

Congratulations to everyone at HTMi Switzerland

2021-03-04T10:11:56+00:00March 4th, 2021|Education, News|
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