The École Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland will celebrate its 125th birthday this year, making it one of the oldest hospitality industry schools on the planet.
The school has a long history dating back to the late 1800s. Back then, tourism in Switzerland began to be powered by the appeal of scenic areas from the Alps to the shores of Lake Geneva, but hotels were woefully understaffed to accommodate those guests.
The first class for the hotel school opened in 1893, welcoming 27 students.
All these years later, the school is still training workers for the hospitality industry, now operating at a much larger scale. In 2018, it had about 3,000 students taking classes on its main campus, located in the stunning hills by the town of Lausanne. The school is also working to evolve, doing so with a $200 million 650,000-square-foot extension that includes housing, a facility for sports, and a dining hall.
The school is also working to keep pace with the rapid evolution of modern technology. It is adding a $20 million “Innovation Hub” facility, which is slated to include a startup incubator, a lab for food experimentation, and potentially new partnerships with industry leaders.
École Hôtelière de Lausanne is looking into plans to open a new satellite school to be located in the booming Asia-Pacific region, specifically in Singapore.
As tourism continues to grow across the planet, the historic Swiss school, and others like it, is needed to keep pace with the staffing demands of hoteliers.
Let’s take a look at a few other projects currently underway in Switzerland:
There are plans for a niu Hotel in Bülach …[READ MORE][/cq_vc_colorblock]
Renovation of the hotel by converting 23 rooms into 13 suites. …[READ MORE][/cq_vc_colorblock]
The entire village of Corippo will be converted into a hotel …[READ MORE][/cq_vc_colorblock]
More information on hotel projects in Switzerland can be found in the TOPHOTELPROJECTS database. TOPHOTELPROJECTS is the specialized service provider of cutting-edge information of the hospitality industry.