Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, an Innovator in Hospitality Management Education, Launches Branch Campus in the U.S.

New location joins long-standing network of international campuses preparing the next generation of global hospitality business leaders
Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, ranked among the world’s top three institutions of higher education for an international career in hospitality management (TNS Global Survey, 2013), announced that it will open a new branch campus in Chicago this year, with students enrolling in the late summer. Founded in 1954, Les Roches is a global leader in hospitality management education, with campuses in Switzerland, Spain, China and Jordan. Les Roches is the first institution to offer Swiss hospitality management education programs to students and industry leaders at a campus location in the U.S.

“Les Roches is a pioneer in bringing together innovative teaching methods and unique global experiences to ensure students have an advantage when they enter the workforce,” said Sonia Tatar, CEO of Les Roches Worldwide. “Because Chicago is a leading center for business, finance and hospitality in the U.S. and internationally, it is also the perfect U.S. location for Les Roches students seeking successful careers in these sectors.”

Les Roches’ entry into the U.S. and its commitment to prepare students for global and diverse careers in hospitality management aligns with the projected growth of the U.S. travel industry, an estimated increase of 20 percent by the year 2020 which will result in 17,157,000 total jobs in 2025, including jobs indirectly supported by the travel and tourism industry. It also supports the City of Chicago’s goal to grow its tourism and hospitality industries, projected to reach 55 million visitors and to add more than 30,000 jobs by 2020. As a result, industry leaders are celebrating the Les Roches announcement.

“On behalf of the many Hyatt properties and our colleagues around the world, we welcome Les Roches to the United States and more specifically to our home town of Chicago.  We look forward to our continued relations and look forward to expanding with greater placements in the US.”  Kristy Seidel, Director of Talent Acquisition- Americas, Hyatt Hotels.

New hospitality sectors are constantly emerging and global markets shifts and technological innovations form an integral part of any global business today. As leading educators in the area of hospitality management, Les Roches Chicago faculty will track industry developments, update curricula accordingly and equip the next generation of hospitality leaders with the skills to succeed in what has become one of the world’s most dynamic, diverse and competitive industries. The U.S. campus will expand Les Roches’ footprint, which will ultimately make it easier for employers to find and hire top-tier talents.

“Rosewood and Les Roches enjoy a long and successful relationship.  We are therefore thrilled to support Les Roches Chicago in the launch of their new campus which will bring world-class standards of excellence to the U.S.,” said Radha Arora, Les Roches alumnus and President, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, a Los Angeles-based international luxury hotel and resort company operating 18 properties in 11 countries such as The Carlyle in New York or the Anasazi in Santa Fe.

Les Roches Chicago will initially offer a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in International Hotel Management beginning in July 2016.

Les Roches International School of Hotel Management has received necessary approval from the Illinois Higher Education Board and from its accreditor, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges to accept qualified U.S. students to the Chicago campus for programs beginning in the summer of 2016. Les Roches will accept international students to its Chicago location once it receives appropriate approval from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to issue visas.