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One of the things that sets a Glion Bachelor’s degree apart is the opportunity for students to pick a specialization for their final semester.

International Hotel Development and Finance is one of three Bachelor’s specializations (the others are Luxury Brand Management in Hospitality and International Event Management). The learning starts in the classroom but ends with a highly immersive and informative field trip to Paris, organized by specialization head Jonathan Humphries.

“What we try to put together is a full immersion into the market they have been studying throughout the previous weeks,” says Jonathan. “The aim is variety, because it’s important for students to experience all different kinds of hospitality products.”

This year’s field trip began with a visit to the new, youth-oriented concept of Louvre Hotels Group – the Campanile Pont de Suresnes. As well as hearing from the company’s revenue management team, students also got to talk with Jean-Philippe Abounayan, Area Revenue Manager for Louvre Hotels and a Glion alumnus.

Another Glion alumnus who was pleased to share insights with the students was Vanguelis Panayotis, Chairman of MKG Consulting & OlaKala.

“I’m very happy to discuss the industry with students, and to exchange ideas about the future of the industry. We talked about the next steps in the hospitality world,” says Vanguelis.

Accor’s “access all areas” offer

The trip concluded with a detailed look inside the world of Accor; and in particular how the company is evolving its hospitality offer to appeal to new generations of travelers.

Having dined at Accor’s new JO&JOE concept, the students were then invited to Accor’s Paris HQ, where they met with the company’s Brand & innovation team and discovered more about the process of developing an innovative hospitality concept. The students were then offered a sneak preview of new Accor concepts currently under development.

Accor also took the students on private tours of two of its most noteworthy Paris hotels: the art-inspired Molitor and the ‘city apartment’-style Sofitel Le Scribe Paris Opéra.

Student Paul de la Tullaye was delighted by the field trip content. “We met with major players in the hotel industry, first with Louvre Hotels Group and then with Accor – it was really interesting to get to know the new hotels of this group.”

Fellow student Tais Ferreyros Mulanovich adds, “They gave us a bigger perspective on what is important, and the different types of hotels in a city such as Paris, which is so luxury. So for me this was a very, very nice experience.”

Jonathan Humphries concludes, “I feel positive and inspired for the students, because it’s given them a new frame of reference for what is possible once they graduate from Glion.”

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Glion Institute of Higher Education is a private Swiss institution offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in hospitality, luxury and event management to an international student body across three campuses in Switzerland and London, UK.
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