Predictions for the growing UK hospitality sector confirm an ideal setting for hospitality business education.
The UK hospitality sector is predicted to grow steadily over the coming years, creating an ideal business environment for hospitality students on Glion’s new campus in London. Currently, the UK hospitality industry accounts for 8% of total UK employment.1 The World Trade and Tourism Council also predicts that over the next ten years this industry’s contribution to global UK GDP will rise by 4% per year.3 This is a level of expected growth which is stronger than any other large western European economy.
More specifically, London has been the main driving force behind the industry’s expansion with 8,000 rooms opened in 2012, plus a further 5,000 rooms to be opened in 2013. 2 This news promises excellent industry exposure for the students who are starting on the new Glion London campus starting in August 2013.
Glion works closely with the hotel and tourism industries to prepare students to meet the its current needs. This focus on industry-relevant curriculums aims to put students in contact with growing companies and markets, and it motivated Glion’s direction to choose London for a first official branch campus outside of Switzerland.
“We are honoured to have a board of directors comprised of professionals in the industry, who contribute to our efforts in maintaining our curriculum and teaching experience up to date. Glion brings the academic experience to our students that will prepare them to seize opportunities that enable them to become leaders in one of the most promising industries in the world,” stated Arie van der Spek, Interim CEO of Glion Institute of Higher Education.
The new Glion London campus facilities are located in newly renovated buildings at the University of Roehampton. This campus in southwest London, just 40 minutes away from the city center, offers an ideal student-life environment and easy access to the attractions of this global city. The London campus will offer the bachelor degree and postgraduate diploma programs in hospitality and it is are currently enrolling EU, EEA, Swiss or British Overseas Territory nationals.
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₁ Philippe Rossiter FIH, Chief Executive of the Institute of Hospitality – M&C Report, September 2012
₂ PWC Report, “European Hotels: Thriving or Surviving European Cities Forecast 2013”
₃ World Trade and Tourism Council, November 2011
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