The Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne and New York University / Preston Robert Tisch Center

Join Forces to Organize a Panel Discussion on Sustainable Hospitality

New York – The Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), the world’s first hotel school founded in
1893, is organizing a panel discussion today in conjunction with the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management of the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) to bring experts from both sides of the Atlantic together to discuss sustainable hospitality. This event follows the recent creation of EHL’s New York-Lausanne Society in collaboration with the Swiss Consulate General in New York and Presence Switzerland.  The aim of this association is to promote academic and economic collaboration and exchange in the fields of innovation and entrepreneurship in the hospitality industry between Switzerland and the US.

The forum, entitled “Sustainable Hospitality: Green Innovation in Practice”, will take
place at the NYU Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life today Friday, November 11. This topic represents an important challenge for the hospitality industry today, and has also been designated a key issue at EHL during its current academic year. The NYU-SCPS faculty panel will be represented by Constantine Kontokosta, Clinical Assistant Professor at the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate and Director of the NYU Schack Center for the Sustainable Built Environment, and Sharr Prohaska, Clinical Associate Professor in hospitality and tourism management at the NYU-SCPS Tisch Center. Speakers will be Claude Béglé, Ph.D., CEO of Symbioswiss, as well as Professor Frédéric Delley, head of Innovation and Creativity at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (INTEHL).  The panel will be presided over by Hervé Houdré, regional director and general manager of InterContinental New York Barclay. 

Ambassador François Barras, Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, as well as Professor Ray F. Iunius, Ph.D., EHL Deputy General Director, and Robert Boland, J.D., Academic Chair and Clinical Associate Professor of NYU-SCPS Tisch Center, will make opening

The faculty panel will be followed by a student and alumni panel discussion on the issue of green hospitality and innovation.  Eric Ricaurte, an M.S. graduate in tourism management from NYU-SCPS, and Matthieu Chapuis, a current EHL student undertaking an internship in New York will be among those taking part. Finally, the event will be rounded off by an audience question and answer session and closing remarks, followed by a reception for guests and speakers.

Approximately 300 professors, students and entrepreneurs are expected to attend this event.  The Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne is honoured to partner with New York University, the Swiss Consulate General in New York, and Presence Switzerland.

About the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

As the first hospitality college in the world, founded in 1893, the Ecole hôtelière de
Lausanne offers high-level university studies to talented and ambitious students seeking top careers in the hospitality industry. EHL’s programs lead to a wide range of management careers in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry as well as in related fields that utilize hospitality expertise, such as banking, auditing, real estate, asset and financial            management, consulting, marketing and luxury products management. EHL currently has almost 1800 students from 80nationalities on one campus.  It has educated over 25,000 hospitality industry executives who nowmake up a prestigious network in 120 countries.

About the NYU-SCPS Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management

The Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management, one of several comprehensive academic divisions within the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS), offers undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs in hospitality, tourism, and sports business, and is host to the annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference. 

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