The hotel industry is and always has been, international. And, as demand grows from expanding economies in different parts of the world, like Asia and South America, where better to train for a career in hospitality than in the home of international hotel management; Switzerland?
Good hotels have always been about creating a relaxed, luxurious home-from-home for visitors, whether they be leisure tourists or business travellers. Now, as lifestyles change, hotels managers and their staff have to keep abreast of business practices, IT provision, as well as state of the art spa, wellness and recreational facilities.
However, that cannot mean that the core skills of hospitality are ignored, or overlooked. Embarking on a hospitality course in Switzerland will ensure that all students successfully learn the practices of looking after the wide range of guests, from all corners of the world, that they will encounter. The ability to converse easily in a number of languages is, of course, one of the key requirements of all those who interact with guests in a hotel and where better to learn a language than in Switzerland; a country with four official languages? Although the medium of instruction is English, students will have a unique opportunity to learn other major European languages from expert native speakers.
These hotel management courses are academically rigorous in every other respect, requiring students to gain recognised levels in business and accountancy principles, communication practice, marketing and IT expertise, as well as more specific elements of hotel operation, such as food and beverage production and housekeeping operation. At the end of the course successful students will graduate in these disciplines with the knowledge and expertise demanded at degree level.
Studying at this level, of course, is not just about the academic side. Going away to study, particularly in an international location like Switzerland, offers young people unrivalled opportunities to widen their horizons and meet others from across the world.
Accommodation for each student is first class, with the choice of single or double rooms. En suite facilities are also available, along with state of the art rooms, refurbished to high specification with Hi-Fi, private telephone and views over the lake. All bed and bath linens are supplied and full board meals are included in the price.
Switzerland is rightly regarded as one of the most scenically beautiful countries in the world. Its dramatic mountains and dazzling lakes provide world-standard facilities for climbing, skiing, sailing and other outdoor activities and students are given every opportunity to participate during their leisure time.
Many of the hotels used for training students include gymnasiums spas and wellness centres. Where these are available, membership is included in the course fee, enabling students to take advantage of these top of the range facilities.
As always, the best testimonials of any learning institution come from those who have experienced and benefited from its teaching. Students from all over the globe have successfully completed these hospitality management course and have subsequently progressed to managing hotels, of all sizes, in every corner of the world.
Iain Jackson trained as a hotel manager in Switzerland. Subsequently he has managed hospitality institutions in Europe, Asia and North America. He also advises on content for hotel management courses.