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At Les Roches, real-world learning experiences are built into your MBA in Global Hospitality Management.

IMMERSIVE LEARNING IN CHICAGO AND SHANGHAI

The MBA in Global Hospitality Management features two business field trips: one to Chicago, USA, and as of September 2018, one to Shanghai, China. These exclusive industry immersion opportunities allow students to further develop their hospitality expertise, observe innovative business practices firsthand and engage with influential leaders.

BUSINESS FIELD TRIP TO CHICAGO

A global hub of business and tourism, Chicago is one of the leading centers of food and beverage and MICE in the United States, and home to Les Roches’ newest campus, Les Roches Chicago.

The focus of the Chicago business field trip changes each semester. Past themes include:

  • Innovation of the Luxury Hospitality Sector
  • The Role of Food and Beverage Outlets Within a Luxury Hotel
  • The Impact of Hotel Design on the Satisfaction of Clientele

Some examples of upcoming topics for the MBA business field trip to Chicago include:

  • Real Estate Development in Chicago
  • The Role of Destination Branding in the Tourism Industry
  • The Role of Online Travel Agencies in the USA

Through this learning experience, you will observe best practices and see real-life application of hospitality fundamentals in Chicago.

On previous trips, MBA students have visited the following establishments: Soho House, Four Seasons, Hyatt HQ, Peninsula Hotels, Langham, Trump Tower, Park Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hilton Chicago, Wyndham Grand, Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, Leña Brava, Virgin Hotel and W Hotel.

The Chicago trip also offers students exclusive opportunities to learn from industry professionals. Leaders who have given presentations and met with students on previous trips include:

  • General Manager — Wyndham Grand
  • General Manager — Langham
  • General Manager — Hilton
  • General Manager — Four Seasons
  • Vice President, Product and Brand Development — Hyatt HQ
  • Learning and Development Manager — The Peninsula
  • Director of Rooms — Trump Hotels
  • Assistant Director of Rooms — Hyatt Regency

The Chicago business field trip provides a unique opportunity to see applied theory in an American context, and will offer a valid case study reference for the rest of your MBA study program.

Beginning in September 2018, MBA students will take business field trips to both Chicago and Shanghai. Each semester of the MBA program will feature one business trip.

Business trip to Chicago

TESTIMONIAL: Chicago Business Field Trip, 2017

MBA students Giulia Marie Perry Kunetz, Anna Katharina Resch & Ravi Dhruv Sharma

“During our trip to Chicago, we visited a vast variety of hotels ranging from boutiques to large chains, as well as from traditional to unconventional.

One highlight of our trip was visiting Hyatt Headquarters. The Vice Presidents of Hyatt’s different brands took the time to brief us on the driving forces that shape the industry, keenly listened to our thoughts and answered all our questions.

We especially liked the fact that we met Les Roches alumni, even unexpectedly, throughout our visits to hospitality properties, which highlights the global connectedness of our school.”

Business Consultancy Project

This credit-bearing course in your second semester will bring you into close contact with a top-tier company from the region.  It will present you with the opportunity to put into practice your leadership and problem solving abilities in a real-life challenge that relates to the operations or strategy of the enterprise.

Though the nature of the project will vary every semester, the company is usually from the travel and tourism sector. The challenge you are tasked with will form an important contribution to your professional experience.

Below are some examples of past business projects led by students:

  • 2014: Beau Rivage Palace (five-star hotel), Lausanne. Students proposed a strategy to respond to the implementation of a new five-star hotel in the Lausanne market.
  • 2015: Hotel d’Angleterre (five-star hotel), Copenhagen. Students assessed the luxury services approach at the Hotel d’Angleterre and proposed a revised process and training.
  • 2016: Parc des Eaux-Vives, Geneva. Students researched and proposed a new innovative concept for the company’s management operations.
  • 2017: Clinique La Prairie, Montreux. Students reviewed the company’s business model and proposed a business development strategy to expand in the US market while sustaining the company’s premium position as a global well-being destination.