ANNOUNCING – World Hospitality Student Championship 2022

World Hospitality Student Championship 2022

23rd – 25th November 2022

Hosted by HTMi Saudia Arabia in Riyadh


Study hospitality in Switzerland at HTMi Leading Swiss Hotel Management School.


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HTMi Switzerland Celebrates 30th International Gala Event

On Friday, 12th November 2021 HTMi Switzerland celebrated its 30th International Gala Event at HTMi in the UNESCO biosphere. Guests were treated to a gastronomic five-course dinner, dazzling performances, elegantly appointed design and décor accompanied by Swiss hospitality professional service standards within the theme of “One Night in Las Vegas”. We had the honour of welcoming ambassadors and representatives from the following embassies represented here in Switzerland, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia and South Africa.

We thank the ladies and gentlemen of HTMi Switzerland for their excellent conduct, behaviour and discipline in creating another highly successful hospitality event at HTMi Switzerland.

Study hospitality and events in Switzerland at HTMi Leading Swiss Hotel Management School.

Anthony Lack, Head of Events Education and Planning, November 2021

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HTMi Global Student Forum 2021 – A huge thanks to all the participants.

Thank you so much to all the participating institutions in our global forum. The event was a great success and thank you in particular to all those that competed in the global challenge. The winner of this year is HTMi Switzerland’s Team 1 consisting of Ms. Paulina Behanova, Ms. Marta Begovic and Mr. Lukas Ihnatisin.

Congratulations to all the other teams who took part in the “Innovation Challenge”.

Thank you also to our international panel of guest speakers, Dr. Ross Tinsley, Programme Leader for Undergraduate Tourism, Edinburgh Napier University, U.K., Prof. Dr. Geoff Simmons, Professor at Ulster University Business School, Ulster University, U.K. and Mr. Peter Venison, International Hotelier and Author, U.K.



HTMi Switzerland Global Student Forum Fall 2021 and HTMi Switzerland International Hospitality and Research Conference


4th – 5th NOVEMBER 2021 HTMi Switzerland



4th NOVEMBER 2021

08:50 – 09:00 OPENING SPEECH Mr. Jack Iveson, Head of Academics

09:00 – 11:00 POSTER PRESENTATIONS HTMi Switzerland Bc Students

12:45 – 13:15 GUEST SPEAKER: DR. ROSS TINSLEY Religion, Politics and Alternative Festivals

13:20 – 13:50 GUEST SPEAKER: MR. PETER VENISON 100 Ways to Annoy your Guests

14:30 – 16:30 POSTER PRESENTATIONS HTMi Switzerland BS Students


5th NOVEMBER 2021

08:00 – 08:10 WELCOME & INTRODUCTION Mr. Anthony Lack, Head of Events Education and Planning


11:00 – 11:30 GUEST SPEAKER: PROF. DR. GEOFF SIMMONS Social Media and Co-Creation of Brand Value in Tourism

13:00 – 13:30 GUEST SPEAKER: MR. CORIN STAVARACHE Sales and the Effects Covid 19 had on the way hotels do business

14:00 – 15:30 BC FINALISTS PRESENTATIONS HTMi Switzerland Bc finalist students




Peter Venison is a graduate of The University of Surrey. UK. At the age of 26 Venison was the youngest Manager of a deluxe hotel in London, The Carlton Tower. At the age of 29 he joined Sol Kerner in establishing Southern Sun Hotels in South Africa, as General Manager and latterly. Managing Director. During this time, he was responsible for opening and operating properties in the multi hotel chain, including the mega resort, Sun City.

In 1978 Venison moved to the USA where he became President of Hotel Properties of America, before being recalled to South Africa to take charge of the expanded hotel and casino chain, then known as Sun International, with properties in Africa, Indian Ocean. Middle East, and France. As the company expanded further it listed on the New York stock exchange and Venison took on additional responsibility of Vice President Operations for Atlantis (Bahamas) and The One and Only hotel chain of deluxe resorts. Upon retirement, 20 years ago, Venison served as a board director for Togo Sun in South Africa (80 hotels/12 casinos) and MAF in the Middle East (hotels and shopping malls).

Venison has written several books on hotel management, which have been widely read within the industry. In 2017 Venison was honoured by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth for his work for charity in the international arena.



Corin Stavarache graduated from HTMi Hotel and Tourism Management Institute Switzerland with a BSc (Hons.) Degree in International Hotel and Tourism Management from Ulster University, U.K. in 2013. Since graduating Corin worked for the Mandrian Oriental Hotel Group in Geneva. He then moved to China and worked for the Swisstouches Hotels & Resorts for several months. Thereafter, he moved to London, UK and worked for various Marriott Hotels & Resorts properties in sales position, them moving into position of Assistant Director of Sales at Nobu Hotel Shoreditch. For the past two years, Corin is the Director of Sales at the Kimpton Fitzroy London. Corin is married, and has one young daughter.



Ross is a lecturer in the Tourism Subject Group at the Business School, Edinburgh Napier University. As an academic he has research interests in festival and events, small tourism businesses and destination development. He primarily lectures in destination marketing and management but is also more broadly interested in tourism, society and visual culture. Within the subject group he has been Programme Leader for Undergraduate Tourism and currently serves as Year 2 Tutor. Externally he has long-running positions on the executive committees for the Association of Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE) and the Tourism Society, Scotland. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Ross’s research primarily focuses on destination development through entrepreneurship and cultural consumption. His current work centres on post-secularism in festivals and events. He has also researched and published on small tourism businesses and destination development as part of his PhD. He has published in a wide range of well-known journals in the field including Tourism Management, the International Journal of Hospitality Management and Leisure Studies, well range of international conference presentations. He has also spent significant periods teaching internationally in Switzerland, Slovakia and Cambodia.



Geoff Simmons is a Professor at Ulster University Business School, Ulster University. Before this he was Professor of Management and Director of Research at Queens Management School, Queens University Belfast. His research is recognised as being of a world leading and internationally excellent standard. It is primarily interested in understanding digital technology implications for business and society. with specialisms in marketing strategy, big data and SME management. He has published over sixty publications, in profile outlets such as the Harvard Business Review and the Financial Times top 50 Journal, Research Policy. Professor Simmons has won best paper awards at the British Academy of Management and Irish Academy of Management conferences. His research has attracted over El million pounds of external funding, involving work with Tesco, Danske Bank UK and dunnhumby UK.



Virtual Open Doors: 27 October 2021

Our mission ‘Come as a Student, Become a Manager’ focuses to provide each student with a high-quality education while preparing them to exceed the expectations of the international Hospitality & Tourism industry. Join the event, have a look behind the doors and discover what makes HTMi, the leading hotel and tourism management institute in the world.

Register to get the event agenda and keynote speaker introductions.


Saudi Arabian Cultural Evening – Fall 2021

HTMi Switzerland was honoured and privileged to host His Excellency Dr. Adel Siraj S. Merdad, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Switzerland and his son, Mr. Siraj Merdad at our Saudi Arabian Cultural Evening on Friday, 1st October 2021 in honour of Saudi Arabian National Day.

HTMi Switzerland is very proud and congratulates our students from Saudi Arabia and the entire student body for their professionalism and enthusiasm in organising an outstanding and enjoyable evening. The staff and students were treated to delicious traditional food, with excellent service, an amazing performance, henna painting, and a beautifully designed setting. HTMi Switzerland would like to thank the Embassy of Saudi Arabian Embassy in Bern for their kind generosity in sponsoring the evening.

Pictured from left to right: Mr. Siraj Merdad, Mr. Anthony Lack, H.E. Ambassador Dr. Adel Siraj S. Merdad (middle), Mrs. Nina Müller, Mr. Jack Iveson.


HTMi Switzerland Supports Bilac 2021

On Saturday, 18th and Sunday, 19th September 2021, the organising committee of the Bilac has organized the 20th Bilac. In beautiful weather, all 110 registered boats started in Neuchâtel with the destination Biel rowing along the Bielersee.

HTMi Switzerland is very proud that the organising committee requested the assistance of our students to manage the food & beverage operations at the VIP Lunch. Thank you to Matthew Aaron, Boldi Egressy, Jazmin Tanko and Manda Matic for their professionalism and for showing the high standards and spirit of HTMi.


Anthony Lack, Head of Events Education and Planning, September 2021


HTMi Switzerland Announces EMCup 2022 Team

HTMi, Hotel and Tourism Management Institute congratulates Jazmin Tanko (Hungary), Heera Munir (Pakistan), Alex Pham (Vietnam), Xavier Yap (Singapore) and John Mark Lubwama (Uganda) for being selected to represent HTMi at the European Mise en Place Cup on the 13th & 14th February 2022 in Maastricht, Netherlands. The team will be coached under the leadership and guidance of Mr. Anthony Lack and Ms. Polina Ermolaeva. This will be HTMi’s sixth involvement in the competition. In the 2019 competition HTMi achieved sixth place out of thirty-six international hotel schools and in 2020 we achieved fourth place and first place in Switzerland. In 2022 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 2022 competition is “Intrapreneurship – The salvation of our hospitality DNA?”.

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, September 2022

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