The Young Hoteliers Summit (YHS), the largest student-run hospitality summit in the world, returns for an online edition of the event from the 7th to the 9th of March 2022. The aim of the summit is to tackle the latest trends and issues of the hospitality industry through panel discussions and keynotes with industry experts. Each year YHS gathers thought-leaders and student delegates from the world’s most prestigious hospitality institutions to exchange valuable insights. Due to the persistence of the pandemic, the upcoming Young Hoteliers summit will be held online for the third year in a row. To increase engagement despite the difficult conditions, the team behind YHS has turned to two solutions.
Firstly, YHS innovated by publishing its very own podcast, titled Your Hospitality Squeeze (YHS). On the podcast, hospitality students from EHL Hospitality Business School in Lausanne share experiences and advice about working in the industry through their unique lens, from culture shocks to guest complaints. The podcast is released in the format of a mini-series run “by students for students”. Four episodes are already available on Google, Spotify, Anchor and Apple.
Secondly, as a student committee from EHL, YHS aims to understand the point of view of hospitality business students on an international scale and to share these perspectives with a wider audience. For this reason, since 2017, YHS has organized an annual survey that is distributed to all hospitality-related individuals. Due to COVID-19 and its strain on interpersonal relationships, the Human Resources gap between expectation and reality has widened. Therefore, this year’s survey theme addresses the attempt to bridge the gap between employers’ and employees’ recruitment. The findings of this survey will be collected in the Rankings Report 2022 which will then be published on the YHS Global website by the end of February. Students or recent graduates can complete the Employee Expectation survey. Filling out this survey makes participants automatically eligible for 50 $ discount on CAHTA certificate and gives them the chance to win prizes like Swiss International Air Lines vouchers, Laurent-Perrier Champagne, and Netflix vouchers. To receive the opposite perspective, employers and recruiters can complete the Employer Expectation survey and possibly win two tickets to the Young Hoteliers Summit. The surveys can be filled out until February 5th 2022 at the abovementioned links.
Image credit: YHS Team picture, photographer: Henry Maurer