Sommet Education launches 30 Hospitality Challenge scholarships

Sommet Education launches 30 Hospitality Challenge scholarships

Sommet Education and the World Tourism Organization have announced they will be offering 30 scholarships through their new Hospitality Challenge initiative.

Sommet Education and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) have announced their new partnership, as part of their new ‘Hospitality Challenge’ initiative, through which the institutions will grant 30 educational scholarship opportunities to prospective students.

The organisations stated that they believe this initiative will benefit talented prospective students as well as provide a boost to aid the recovery of the tourism industry following the COVID-19 pandemic.

These 30 scholarships are designed to support career-switchers, entrepreneurs and students to bring their innovative ideas to the industry through these education programmes.

Sommet Education is a Swiss education group that specialises in the culinary arts and hospitality management. The institutions in this collective include Glion, Les Roches, and Ecole Ducasse, with campuses across the world, including Switzerland, France, China and the UK.

The scholarships have received the support of UNWTO as part of their aims to respond to the aftermath of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

A statement from Sommet Education says that the pandemic has brought the world’s tourism to a standstill over the past months but, now that the sector begins to restart, the competition for these scholarship positions is ‘designed to identify ideas and individuals capable of accelerating recovery while promoting inclusivity and sustainability in the sector to invent the hospitality of tomorrow.’

Hospitality Challenge scholarships to help accelerate recovery of global tourism

In the applications for these scholarship positions, the selection criteria for these propositions includes the project maturity and its potential for implementation, its viability, scalability, digitalisation, sustainability and its potential to attract investors.

Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of UNWTO, expressed his enthusiasm and expectations for this initiative:

“The tourism sector is a source of employment for many millions. Jobs in tourism provide opportunity, empowerment and equality, including for women, youth and people living in rural communities.

“As we restart tourism, the time is right to rethink hospitality, and to identify and implement new ideas to make the sector more inclusive and sustainable. The UNWTO Hospitality Challenge will do just this.”

Selection criteria includes project potential for implementation and sustainability

Benoit-Etienne Domenget, Chief Executive Officer of Sommet Education, corroborated this optimism:

“This crisis presents us with an opportunity to reconcile visions of the world that have been too long opposed to invent the hospitality of tomorrow. We believe education is the foundation of a more hospitable world.

“Offering scholarships is a contribution to the recovery of the hospitality economy, by accelerating the personal development of talented people with creative views, supporting their vision and revamp hospitality.”

The Sommet Education and UNWTO Hospitality Challenge competition is now open, and applicants have until the end of August to submit their proposal.

Amongst the 30 winners, the judges’ favourite three innovative entrepreneurial projects will also be granted funding to support the initial development of their proposition (this will be funded by the global investment group Eurazeo).

Pic: Alev Takil

Josephine Walbank - Reporter, Global Education Times (GET News)

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