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“Lost in Space at HTMi” the 26th International Gala Event Fall 2019

The 26th International Gala Event, held on Friday, 29th November 2019 is one of the most important events organised by the Higher Diploma students under the leadership of the Centre for Events Management at HTMi. During this semester our current Higher Diploma class succeeded in planning managing and executing an unforgettable evening enjoyed by highly respected guests from international embassies to Switzerland, industry partners, the local community, staff members and student body. For one day HTMi was turned into a galaxy where the guests were “Lost in Space”.

Upon arrival guests found themselves in a rocket taken off to Space surrounded by beautiful created planets enjoying the galaxy full with starts accompanied by astronomic canapés and a glass of champagne. The next journey was awaiting inside the newly renovated Alpine restaurant where guest were directed to by the Design and Decoration team forming a path along the red carpet holding sparklers illustrating the move through the milkyway. Finally arriving to the final destination, the guests were “Lost in Space” experiencing a gourmet five-course dinner, entertained by Kira and her little brother’s (Emmet) story. During this magical evening the entertainment team provided guests with theatre, dancing and music from the one and only HTMi live band.

The HTMi Events Centre would like to thank all the ladies and gentlemen of HTMi 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, Chef Oliver Künzli and their team of culinary chefs, Madame Michele Schuster, Food & Beverage Manager and Mr. Sergej Jezelev, Operations Manager for their constant and incredible support.

This semester HTMi was proud to support “UNICEF-for every child”. Where the organisation staffers fight for the rights of every child seeking safe shelter, nutrition, protection from disaster and conflicts, and equality. During the evening a blind bidding followed by an auction was held to raise much needed funds and we would like to thank you sponsors of the Kempinski Hotel Budapest, Monastery Boutique Hotel Budapest, Bellezza Coiffeur & Nail Sörenberg, Hotel Villa Honegg and Bürgenstock Hotels & Resorts for their donation of prizes.

HTMi Centre for Events Management, December 2019

2019-12-04T11:15:45+01:00

News Release – HTMi Switzerland’s Successful 23rd International Research Conference

HTMi Switzerland saw the closure of another highly successful 23rd International Hospitality and Tourism Research Conference that took place took on place 21st and 22nd November 2019 at our campus in beautiful Sörenberg. The theme of the conference was “Gastronomy and the importance of sustainable food policies”.

The dynamics of the hospitality and tourism industry are shifting rapidly. As the sector strives to become more sustainable, there is a need of more research in the area. Leading by example, the 23rd International Research Conference organised by HTMi focused on gastronomy and sustainable food policies. Over 110 students and staff met last week to discuss, share and work together on this vital topic. Renowned industry leaders and academics well versed in sustainability practices joined the students and staff.

Dr. Sinead Furey of Ulster University, Northern Ireland also contributed to the sustainability theme with an excellent presentation that explored the various facets of food poverty and offered some interesting solutions that had the audience thinking further about food waste.

Mr. Beppo Buchanan Smith of Ardfin Consultants Scotland spoke of the challenges associated with setting up a new 5 star luxury hotel that has just been built on a remote Scottish Island. Mr Buchannan Smith spoke of licensing issues, development of a new brand, marketing, recruitment and a myriad of other associated challenges.

Mr. Cesidio I Ciaccia – introduced us to an ambitious regeneration programme that he is leading in the town of Picinisco in the Lazio region of Italy. He showed us how a centuries old building could be redeveloped to suit contemporary needs to set up a school of gastronomy and redevelop indigenous grapes to produce a range of top quality wines.

Ms. Mattie Yeta, Lead on Sustainability, of the UK governments DEFRA (Department for the Environment, Fisheries and Rural Affairs) spoke passionately of Sustainability issues and how we as individuals can make a difference in our daily lives that will provide a collective impact on some climate change concerns.

Mrs. Anita Robbin lecturer in home economics in Switzerland spoke of a backpack for life and her discourse explained how young people can be taught better ways to manage their food, cooking and reduce waste. This was a thoughtful presentation that made us consider the efforts made to produce some foodstuffs that are not sustainable and the message was, its not too late to change our eating habits.

The conference also gave our MSc. and BSc. students the opportunity to present their own research topics to an audience of international academics and industry professionals. We would like to thank all our guest speakers and our BSc. and MSc. students for creating an inspiring and educational environment to learn more about the combination between research and the hospitality industry.

Bernie Quinn, PFHEA, HTMi International Academic Director, November 2019

2019-11-27T07:44:30+01:00

News Release – HTMi Switzerland Announces Team for EMCup 2020

HTMi, Hotel and Tourism Management Institute Switzerland is proud to announce its new team for the EMCUp 2020 in Maastricht, Netherlands. Congratulations to Martina Leep, Hungary, Renee de Bruyn, the Netherlands, Rakiya Akimalieva, Kazakhstan, Adnan Kulenovic, Croatia and Dan Minh, Czech Republic. The team name is Inside-out and their motto is: “Start From Within”. This will be HTMi’s fourth time at the competition.

The EMCup is the annual competition amongst forty of the best European Hotel Management Schools and offers students the chance to make a difference with their visions and ideas. The theme for next year’s competition is “Battle of the Brands – Will Hotel Chains Survive, in the Battle for Guest Loyalty? Our team is very busy at work to meet all the deadlines of the many challenges for the competition such as writing an academic research paper, sales pitch, debates and creating and maintaining social media channels, amongst others.

In 2019 HTMi Switzerland came in sixth place, overall and number one in Switzerland and we hope to better that position in Europe in 2020 under the leadership and guidance of coaches Anthony Lack and Tudor Campan. We wish the team the very best of luck and success in 2020.

Anthony Lack, HTMi Head of Events Education and Planning, November 2019

2019-11-08T08:12:41+01:00

HTMi Switzerland Supports Embassy of the Czech Republic at National Day Celebration

HTMi, Hotel and Tourism Management Institute Switzerland congratulates the Embassy of the Czech Republic on the Czech National Day Celebration. HTMi is more than proud to have our students once again supporting the Czech National Day Event on Wednesday, 23rd October 2019, which was organized for more than 90 highly important diplomats and representatives from the many foreign embassies in Switzerland.

Throughout the event, our excellent students demonstrated a high standard and excellent hospitality professionalism surpassing the satisfaction of the guests and organizers, leading to the impressive success of the event. Lastly, our HTMi students are very thankful to the Embassy of the Czech Republic by providing them this honoured privilege to participate in such a highly regarded event. HTMi Switzerland is very proud of its long and rewarding partnership with the Embassy of the Czech Republic in supporting many of their events each year and also thank our students for their consistent support, hard work and highest work ethics and standards.

Anthony Lack, HTMi Head of Events Education and Planning, October 2019

2019-10-28T08:25:43+01:00

Enjoy the magical International Gala Evening

Following our HTMi culture of “Lead don’t follow, create don’t copy”, the Higher Diploma students together with the HTMi Centre for Events Management Training Switzerland are excited to announce the theme of the next International Gala Evening.

The International Gala Evening is one of the most important events organised at HTMi and as part of their course the students are required to plan, manage and execute a banqueting and entertainment event for external guests and HTMi partners. Guests from international embassies, partners and local community are invited to join an unforgettable evening which will take place on 29th of November 2019. The theme of the 26th edition of the International Gala Event is “Lost in Space”, and guests can expect to enjoy a magical and spectacular evening with planets, stars and astronauts.

Linked to this event is our request to make a difference in someone’s life by contributing to diverse charity activities. All charity initiative earnings will be donated to the chosen charity organisation: UNICEF For Every Child.

2019-09-30T14:08:12+01:00

HTMi Switzerland Announces EMCup 2020 Team

HTMi, Hotel and Tourism Management Institute congratulates Martina Leep (Hungary), Renee de Bruyn (Netherlands), Rakiya Akimalieva (Kazakhstan), Adnan Kulenovic (Croatia) and Dan Nguyen (Czech Republic) for being selected to represent HTMi at the European Mise en Place Cup in February 2020 in Maastricht, Netherlands. The team will be coached under the leadership and guidance of Mr. Anthony Lack and Mr. Tudor Campan. This will be HTMi’s fourth involvement in the competition. In the 2019 competition HTMi achieved sixth place out of thirty-six international hotel schools and in 2020 we hope to better that ranking.

The EMCup is an annual competition amongst the best European Hotel Management Schools and offers students the chance to make a difference with their visions and ideas. The theme for the 2020 competition is “Battle of the Brands – Will Hotel Chains Survive, in the Battle for Guest Loyalty?”

We wish them the best of luck and success at the competition and showing the world the HTMi spirit of hospitality.

Anthony Lack, Head of Events Education and Planning

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HTMi Switzerland Announces EMCup 2020 Team
2019-09-13T12:21:03+01:00

“The Greatest Show at HTMi” the 25th International Gala Event Spring 2019

The 25th International Gala Event, held on Friday, 10th May 2019 is one of the most important events organised by the Higher Diploma students under the leadership of the Centre for Events Management at HTMi. During this semester our Higher Diploma class had the challenge to organise their event in a marquee welcoming guests from our local community, industry partners, staff and student body. For this special evening the theme of “The Greatest Show” was chosen to turn HTMi for one day into a remarkable circus. The highest standards of hospitality shown by the HTMi student body left the guests highly satisfied.

Upon arrival, guests were welcomed on a red carpet and admitted into a magical “Circus” entrance area accompanied by canapés, a special candyfloss topped champagne, complete with clowns and fortune-tellers. Thereafter, the guests were led into a magical marquee transformed into a circus styled décor and design and treated to a gourmet five-course dinner, ending with our traditional and famous Dessert Buffet. Throughout the evening many performances created a festive atmosphere, entertaining guests with magic, singing, dancing and entertaining games to make it a night to remember.

The HTMi Event Organizing Committee would like to thank all the ladies and gentlemen of HTMi 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, Madame Michele Schuster, Food & Beverage Manager and Mr. Sergej Jezelev, Operations Manager for their constant and incredible support.

This semester HTMi was proud to support the “David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust”, an organisation dedicated to the world’s most successful orphan rescue and rehabilitation program for elephants and rhinos in East Africa. During the evening an auction was held to raise much needed funds and we would like to thank you sponsors of the Intercontinental Hotel Davos, Mövenpick Hotel Zürich Airport, Bellezza Coiffeur & Nail Sörenberg and Mery’s Imbiss Schüpfheim for their donation of prizes.

HTMi Event Organizing Committee, Centre for Events Management, May 2019

2019-05-13T16:21:07+01:00

HTMi Students supporting Basel World 2019

Following on previous successful collaboration, HTMi Career Centre has been contacted once again by Planitswiss to support Basel World 2019, the world’s largest luxury watches and jewellery show.

This year our students got the chance to work with the popular watch brand Citizen, which introduced new products for 2019 under the theme “We Explore Time” with an installation designed by Atelier Tsuyoshi Tane Architects in Tokyo.

HTMi would like to congratulate our ambassadors who have participated in this prestigious event: Ms. Paula Toma, Ms. Lok Yiu Lee (Yoyo), Ms. Linda Phanova, Ms. Aizhan Kozhonova and Ms.Yanan Ji (Alaia). They all carried out their duties with high standards of professionalism leaving the guests and event organisers with great impressions. Consequently, another invitation for collaboration have been already extended by Planitswiss for next year.

HTMi Career Centre would like to thank Planitswiss for the collaboration and for providing our students with such a great experience and we are all looking forward to Basel World 2020.

2019-04-04T15:48:30+01:00

African Cultural Evening – Spring 2019

Thank you to the staff and students from Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius and South Africa for organising an amazing cultural evening. The student body were given an insight into these fascinating cultures and customs through presentations and videos, delicious cuisine from each of the four countries and were entertained by a traditional African dance performance.

2019-03-25T18:02:40+01:00

“Bohemian Wedding Event” organised by the Centre for Events Management Training

On Friday, 15th March 2019 the Centre for Events Management Training together with the Diploma Class of Spring 2019 organised and planned another very successful wedding event. Over 50% of a hotel’s Food & Beverage revenue is generated from weddings, banquets, events, meetings and catering and at HTMi we place an important emphasis on event management at all levels in order to prepare our students for the exciting and challenging world of hotel events management.

As part of their events management course, our second year students were tasked with the organisation, planning and management of our bi-annual Wedding Event. The event allows the students to gain necessary knowledge and experience in the management of a hotel event and give them the opportunity of using their theoretical knowledge in the classroom by putting into practise and develop their leadership skills and use many of the management objectives by directing teams of students.

The theme they chose for this semester was “Bohemian” and this theme was reflected in the beautiful décor created by the students as well as the menu also planned by the students. The Diploma students were divided into certain departments and took the responsibility as managers to prepare, organise and perform this event. Throughout the entire process they received excellent and continues support from our Certificate and Postgraduate students. We would like to congratulate all of them for their amazing performance and contribution in creating another successful and memorable wedding event.

2019-03-19T08:20:59+01:00
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