Young Hoteliers Summit (YHS Global)

The Young Hoteliers Summit is a gathering of students from the top hotel schools from around the world. The event includes panel discussions, keynote speakers, workshops and more.

The goal is to increase international collaboration within the field of hotel management by connecting students from around the world and developing strong relationships between students and the international hotel industry.

Students from the School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management at the University of Guelph have been invited to participate in the annual YHS case competition, held in Lausanne, Switzerland once again.

The application for this case competition is open to all students who have hotel work experience and have successfully completed HTM*3060 (students currently enrolled in HTM*3060 are encouraged to apply).

To apply, students need to email Dr. William Murray ( an up-to-date resume along with a one-page answer to the question: "Why should you be chosen to represent the University of Guelph’s School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management at the Young Hoteliers Summit in 2019?" 

The top candidates will be required to make a public presentation in late November that simulates what they will face at the YHS competition.

The competition will take place March 25 - 27, 2019, if chosen they represent the University of Guelph. Funding is covered for participants to travel to Switzerland.

Student Representatives:

  • 2019 - Yue Shi and Sahad Kassam
  • 2018 - Amber Douel and Nick Sferrazza
  • 2017 - Christian Cross and Yixuan (Allan) Yang
  • 2016 - Nicole Chan and Samir Dewji
  • 2015 - Aaron Laurie and Brittany Ho.  Congrats to Aaron, his team won the YHS case-challenge. MEDIA
  • 2014 - Ashley Ferreira, Hildegard Van Niekerk and Julie Ridlington. Congrats to Hildegard, her team won third place.
  • 2013 - Duncan Chiu, Dan Armzallag and Allison Clarke
  • 2011 - David Humphrey, Derek Beirnes, Jordan Minnaar and Vanessa Graves.  Congrats to Derek, his team won the YHS creativity challenge.