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A history of hotels, hospitality and chocolate

A history of hotels, hospitality and chocolate

A history of hotels, hospitality and chocolate

A history of hotels, hospitality and chocolate. What words come to mind when you hear the name Switzerland: central, mountains, lakes, banking, chocolate, technology, yodeling, railroads, or neutral? Switzerland is known for a variety of disparate reasons, but what unites them is a country that embraces the strength that comes from diversity. The Swiss landscape awes visitors from the moment they get a glimpse of those first mountain peaks or stare into the depths of a Swiss lake. Switzerland can boast some of the finest technological research facilities and institutions in the world, but at the same time they maintain a quaint personal as the home of yodelers and the famous Heidi.

Switzerland’s reputation as the home of hotel and hospitality management, was established over a hundred years ago when the first palace-style hotels were built. These grand hotels catered to an exclusive clientele of royalty, aristocrats, and wealthy individuals lured by the Alps and alpine tourism. Guests of this era demanded the highest levels of service excellence and the leading Swiss hoteliers responded by systematizing the processes for hotel operations. These processes were the foundation for the enviable reputation Switzerland has today in hospitality management.
The profile of the international traveler may have changed since then, but the principles of good hotel management remain the same:

• practical innovation
• immaculate precision
• discreet discipline
• dependable quality
• professional leadership

Switzerland is convinced of the long-term strategic importance of education and regards it as essential for political stability, increase in wealth, and innovation. As a country whose main resources are knowledge and research, Switzerland acknowledges the vital role played by foreign citizens in the drive for innovation, research and business acumen. And as Switzerland is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for education, its attraction for studying and research is well-established. The high proportion of foreign university students (21%), Ph.D. students (53.6%) and teaching staff (45%) attests to this. Domestic policy places a high value on higher education, and Swiss universities are, as a consequence, generously funded public institutions. Switzerland’s investment in education and research is among the highest of all OECD countries. As a result, Switzerland boasts both the highest number of registered patents in all European countries and one of the highest numbers of Nobel Prizes pro capite in the world.

Les Roches International School of Hotel Management is a private university located in the Swiss Alps in the Canton of Valais. Since 1979, Les Roches offers hotel and tourism management programs taught entirely in English and accredited at university level by the Commision on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The Les Roches campus is home to approximately 1200 students from 87 different countries every semester, with an additional 580 students on internship around the world at any time. Les Roches offers a range of undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate courses in the field of hospitality management with branch campuses in China, Spain, and the USA. The mission of Les Roches is to prepare students for an international career in the service industries. Les Roches maintains close ties with the hotel and tourism industry through a panel of industry advisors from four major hotel chains. In a global survey of 5-star hotel hiring managers, Les Roches was ranked number 2 among the top hospitality management schools in the world for an international career. So if you are interested in studying at Switzerland or at Les Roches, please do not hesitate to contact us at and we will endeavor to provide you with everything that you need. Otherwise, you may visit us at any of our 8 Jakarta branches and our counsellors will help you in any way possible.


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