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Why study hospitality at EHL?

The hospitality industry is one of the fastest growing sectors today, and EHL is the worldwide reference in hospitality management education

Market Power

The hospitality industry is growing

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) predicts that the hospitality industry will grow in value on average by 3.9 percent a year over the next 10 years to $11.5 trillion – just slightly less than China’s entire economy today.  Travel and tourism will continue to outpace the wider economy and:

  • support 23% of all new jobs created
  • represent 1 in 9 jobs created (382 million jobs worldwide)
  • amount to 11% of the world GDP



EHL is Ranked No.1 Worldwide

EHL is consistently recognized by the Industry as one of the best hospitality management schools in the world. Students, faculty and alumni are the best ambassadors of EHL's values and commitment to excellence.  Our recent awards & rankings include:

EHL was the first hotel management school in the world, and remains the worldwide reference in hospitality management education today.

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Our Hospitality Management Degrees

In today’s global hospitality industry, managers need to have hospitality know-how and a broader set of strategic business skills to reach upper-level positions. To satisfy these requirements for companies and future hospitality professionals, we offer a wide array of hospitality management degrees for people with varying backgrounds and career aspirations.

All degrees are delivered by EHL, which is recognized as a Swiss University of Applied Science and which has an American (NECHE) accreditation. Plus, our degrees comply with the Bologna requirements using the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

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Types of hospitality careers

Consider the diversity of a career in the hotel industry and hospitality industry careers in closely related sectors:

  • Hotel operations: front office, rooms division, food & beverage, events
  • Hospitality management: HR, finance, marketing, real estate, public relations
  • Entertainment: venue management, event planning, sales, retail, VIP services
  • Luxury: lifestyle services, private charters, VIP events & services
  • Food & Beverage: fine dining, catering, culinary arts, sommeliers
  • Health & wellness: spas, fitness, private clinics, retirement living, hospitals
  • Online & technology: OTA’s, start-ups, sharing economy
    Other roles: hotel openings, hospitality consultancy, project management, R&D
Future-proof Career

Hospitality management careers cannot be replaced by robots

According to many recent articles, there are three characteristics for jobs that have very low chances of being replaced by technology in the next 30 years.[Source] Here they are and the reasons that hospitality management graduates won’t have to worry:

  • Relationship building: Handling special needs and providing personalized services cannot be done by machines
  • Creativity: Providing personalized, cultural experiences to please human customers is unlikely to be replaced by AI.
  • Managing the unpredictable: Customer emergencies and service issues require problem-solving skills that require emotional understanding and tact that robots don’t have.
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Our Students & Alumni

EHL bachelor degree students come from many different countries and often speak several languages, while the graduate students bring professional and academic experience from diverse institutions and industries. In our unique campus setting, these students mingle across ages, backgrounds and experience levels to exchange ideas, industry stories and cultural insights, just like they would in the global hospitality industry.

Our legacy of excellence comes from the dedication and ambition of our alumni who are the strongest and most active professional hospitality network of all the hospitality management schools worldwide.

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Lausanne, Switzerland

Switzerland is world-renowned for its quality of life, political and economic stability, security, and well-developed infrastructure.  It also provides an ideal setting to study hospitality management: The Swiss sense of hospitality is a reference for the rest of the world.

EHL is in a beautiful forested area, only 10 minutes away by car from the lively university town of Lausanne, and 50 minutes from Geneva. Golf courses, riding stables, cross-country skiing and fitness trails are within walking distance.  With Europe’s largest lake and the surrounding Alps nearby, the area offers unlimited possibilities for both summer and winter sports.

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This is EHL

⭐ the n° 1 ranked Hospitality school in the world

⭐ learn from the top experts of the industry

⭐ students application restaurant with a Michelin star

⭐ unique hospitality programs with a strong focus on practical use in your future career

⭐ +200 companies recruiting on campus twice a year

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