HTMi Students Supporting the World Economic Forum 2019

HTMi was once again contacted by one of our valuable partner hotels, Intercontinental Davos, to send a group of students to assist this year’s World Economic Forum.

With the mission to improve the state of the world, The World Economic Forum takes place annually at Davos. This year from 22nd to 25th January, Intercontinental Davos had the honour to host many high-profile guests including politicians, entrepreneurs, CEOs and influencers of different sectors from all over the world.

On 23rd of January 2019, fourteen students travelled from Soerenberg to Davos in order to support this event. The students had the chance to welcome and serve many VIP guests from all over the world together with the service team from Intercontinental Davos. It was a wonderful experience for the students to be able to work with industry professionals. They have gained valuable knowledge on how to plan, organise and execute a successful event on a high level of guest service.

HTMi is immensely proud of our students for showing an outstanding level of dedication and professionalism during this event. The HTMi Career Centre would like to thank to Ms. Yasmin Vural, Human Resources Manager and the rest of the team for welcoming our students and giving them the opportunity to face the ‘real life’ experience and we are already looking forward to next year’s WEF.


Swiss Cultural Evening – Spring 2019

As the first week of our new semester comes to an end, we warmly welcomed all students for our traditional Swiss cultural evening. We would like to thank all the students for joining us in this event and our Manager in Training team for introducing the Swiss culture. We are looking forward to explore many more cultures that our students will bring to us.


World Hospitality Student Championship

HTMi Switzerland being the leading and innovative institute launched the first edition of the World Hospitality Student Championship. The championship was hosted at HTMi Switzerland in Sörenberg from Friday, 30th November to Sunday, 2nd December 2018, and saw the best of the best compete against each other in the areas of cocktail & mocktail making, culinary, service, barista, front office and housekeeping.


Besides HTMi Switzerland, three of our international partner schools took part, the MENA Company for Education & Development in Saudi Arabia, RIG Institute of Hospitality & Management India and the Swiss Kazak Institute for Hospitality, Kazakhstan.


All competitions were judges by a jury of independent industry experts and travelled from within Switzerland, United Kingdom, France and the United Arab Emirates.


The championships concluded on the Sunday evening with a glittering gala dinner where all guests were dined and entertained allowing HTMi Switzerland staff and students to showcase their true Swiss hospitality.


We congratulate all the finalists who took part in the World Hospitality Student Championship and the winners.


A very big thank you to the organising committee for mobilising this international event, Ms. Michelle Schuster, Chef Andreas Kurfürst, Mrs. Nina Mueller, Mr. Sergej Jezelev, Mr. Dan Popa and Mr. Stefanos Mourelatos and we look forward to the World Hospitality Student Championship in 2019.



Bahrain Institute of Hospitality and Retail –a division of the Dadabai Holding, hosted its Second Graduation Ceremony under the patronage of H. E. Jameel Bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan,Minister of Labour and Social Development for HTMi Switzerland Diploma in International Hotel and Tourism Management on 11thOctober, 2018 at Wyndham Grand Hotel, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain.

This milestone has been the result of a partnership between the Former Specific Council for Training in Hospitality under the Ministry of Labor & Social Development, HTMi Hotel & Tourism Management Institute Switzerland and Bahrain Institute of Hospitality and Retail (BIHR).

This event was attended by over 100 guests, dignitaries and BIHR stakeholders as follows:

H.E. Jameel Bin Mohammed Ali Hamaidan,the Minister of Labour and Social Development;

H.E. Thanis Na Songkhla, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Kingdom of Bahrain;

H.E. Alfonso Ver, Ambassadorof the Republic of the Philippines to the Kingdom of Bahrain;

Mr. Humbert Vincent Buemi, the Swiss Honorary Consul General to the Kingdom of Bahrain;

Mr. Ian Larmour, Managing Director and Head of Academics – HTMi Switzerland;

BIHRTop Hospitality Partners:

The Westin & Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain, The Capital Club, The Ritz Carlton, Al Shaya Trading, ART Rotana, Downtown Rotana, Maya Chocolates, Gulf Hotel, Sofitel, Wyndham Grand, Lagoona Resort, Novotel Al Dana Resorts, MAF Carrefour, Elite Hospitality Group, Reef Resorts, Wyndham Garden, The Domain Hotel & Spa, Premiere – Atiram Hotel and among others.


BIHR pillars,

Mr. Qutub Dadabai, Chairman; Mr. Hatim Dadabai, Managing Director; Mr. Nigel Viegas, Executive Director; Mr. Ali Sulaibeekh, Director; and BIHR Faculty Members and Staff.

Mr. Ali Sulaibeekh, Director of BIHR, speaking at the occasion said, “We are very fortunate to have had the endless support of Ministry of Labour & Social Development and Tamkeen in training our students. This is a joyous moment for all our graduates, their families, Ministry of Labour, Tamkeen, our industry partners and the entire BIHR team.” The program helps young Bahraini Nationals in their decision to climb up the ladder in the hospitality sector.

Mr. Ian Larmour, Managing Directorof HTMi Switzerlandshared the vision HTMi has in grooming young students into taking professional career paths sharing inspirational examples which has boosted the morale of the students.

In his speech, Mr. Humbert Vincent Buemi, Swiss Honorary Consul-General to Bahrain congratulated the students and encouraged them to pursue their passion for culinary and hospitality and encouraged the ties between the Swiss Confederation and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Graduates successfully completed 24 months of rigorous training in the hospitality sector conducted by BIHR. These graduates began their career with passion and dedication to become leaders in the field of hotel and tourism management. The graduates have successful partaken in hosting event on and off campus, have formed a strong base in guest relation, food and beverage, front office and culinary.All the graduates are employed with Bahrain’s Top Hospitality Sector.

During the event, Graduates were awarded as Star students while a few others received special application and recognition awards during the Academic Year 2016-2017.

BIHR since decades had been the only Institute in Bahrain that guarantees a 100% placement for both Bahraini and non- Bahraini students. Hoteliers are keen and earning to have such professional team work in such properties.


BIHR has been training and supporting young Bahrainis in the Hospitality, Tourism and Retail sector for over 19 years. The faculty and staff of BIHR have been committed in meeting the needs of the tourism sector by providing highly trained individuals of managerial competence in the hospitality and retail sector. It also strongly supports Tamkeen’s national reform initiatives and Bahrain Economic Vision 2030.

For more information on courses and admission at BIHR, contact Toll Free No. 8000 1077.


HTMi International Development Group – Middle East Division.


BIHR – HTMI Management & Staff


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