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The next generation of hospitality leaders

The next generation

Service oriented, ambitious, inspirational, creative – get a feel for the SHL spirit

We like to think students at SHL are different. They are ambitious and driven. They have excellent skills and are inspiring to work with. And they are keen to be the next generation of hoteliers, leaders, managers and entrepreneurs. 

The best way to see the SHL difference is to talk to our students. Connect with people who are already studying at SHL and you’ll get a feel for the SHL spirit. You’ll also be able to talk to our lecturers and ask them any questions you have. So, make that connection, and find out more about what it’s like to live, work and study at an original Swiss hotel management school. 


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SHL Bachelor programme the highest Swiss standards in education

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At SHL, we have a long history of training the hoteliers, industry leaders and entrepreneurs of the future. Now, we are opening our doors to students around the world with the SHL BSc programme taught in English.

You could be one of the first to grasp this new opportunity and start out on your career with expert tuition from one of the two original Swiss hotel management schools. SHL is the only hotel management school offering a BSc in Hospitality Management in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Lucerne (HSLU), which means your degree will demonstrate the highest of Swiss standards in education.

Your degree will also comply with the Bologna Declaration in line with the European Credit Transfer System and will be fully accredited by the Swiss federal government. In other words, your degree could open doors for you wherever you choose to work.

Imagine studying at a school that helped to nurture the reputation for excellence that Switzerland now holds. The bachelor programme at SHL could make a huge difference in your future career and in your life.

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SHL Alumni and their stories

You’ll find SHL alumni around the world and at all the major industry award ceremonies too. From 2015 to 2018, Switzerland’s Hotelier of the Year were all SHL graduates. Some of the best Swiss hotels have SHL’ers as General Managers and in 2017-2018, Switzerland’s Hotels of the Year were managed by our alumni. You can follow some of their stories here on our website and on our Social Media channels. Dany manages a hotel in Beijing, Carla is a General Manager in Austria and Thomas is Managing Director of the amusement park Europapark. 

To have a feel for how your career could develop, read our alumni stories. Each of them followed their individual dreams, but they all started at SHL. And they all started with the same ambition: to be an enthusiastic hotelier. If you have that same hunger, that same commitment and that same drive, then connect with us. Share your ideas, comments and dreams with us using #enthusiastichotelier on Instagram or Twitter 

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SHL Alumnus Dany Luetzel

Dany Luetzel

General Manager at Hotel Éclat, Beijing 

Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 

Working among Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol & Co.

Early on, Dany had precise ideas of where his career would lead him: «Even before applying to the SHL programme, it had been clear to me that I wanted to be a hotel manager at the age of 30.» And, impressively, that’s exactly what he achieved. With passion and dedication, he pursued his goal and took over his first General Manager position in the Radisson Blu Hotel St. Gallen, Switzerland, at the age of… 30. In 2014, the world stage was calling: Dany left Switzerland and headed to China, where he ran the Kempinski Hotel in Chongqing City, before taking over the unique Hotel Éclat Beijing, a five-star boutique hotel that offers a rare opportunity to experience museum quality art while enjoying stylish, cool accommodation.

SHL Alumna Aline Tschaeppaet

Aline Tschaeppaet

Project Director, EAME / SWA - Design Services at Hyatt Hotels Corporation


Pulling the strings behind the scenes

“The world is my home”, says Aline Tschaeppaet who’s been living and working in Switzerland, Berlin, London, Beijing and Bangkok before moving to Dubai. As a Project Director for Hyatt International EAME / SWA, she is responsible for the construction and renovation of several Hyatt Hotels in the Middle East and Africa. A very varied position as Aline confirms: “No day is like the other!” Hotel construction site inspections, meetings with the hotel owners, hotel design reviews, conference calls and many other things fill the day of the enthusiastic, hard-working and open-minded “Hotelière”. And what does she appreciate when changing the perspective and entering a hotel as a guest? Employee friendliness, honesty and smart design.

SHL Alumnus Jörg Meile

Jörg Meile

General Manager, Paris Marriott Champs Elysees

Paris, France

Le savoir vivre

Jörg, who was born in Peru and lived in several South American countries in his youth, is now at home in romantic Paris. From an early age he has been fascinated by travel and the hotel business. So it was obvious for him to pursue a career in this industry. After graduating from SHL in December 1992, Jörg quickly gained a foothold in the international hotel chain business. However, he prefers to be a guest in small, privately run hotels. It is there, in unique surroundings and at home, that the General Manager recovers from his lively everyday life. "Cooking together with my wife is pure relaxation for me," says Jörg. Preferably with fresh, local products from the market. And, of course, French white wine and cheese are also a must. Bon appetit!

SHL Alumna Meret Brunner

Meret Brunner

Director Of Rooms at The Dorchester 

London, United Kingdom 

Thriving for excellence in the heart of London

Meret, a positive and enthusiastic leader with an energetic personality, started her international career in hospitality directly after graduating from SHL in 2015. Right from the word go, she made herself valued in teams of luxury hotels worldwide and took over management positions in the renowned “The Peninsula” hotel group. While being part of “The Peninsula Tokyo”, the hotel maintained the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star award and was voted the No. 1 "Top Hotels in Tokyo" by Travel and Leisure Magazine. These days, you will find Meret in the iconic “The Dorchester” in London. Acting as its Director of Rooms, she makes sure that the guests experience an elegant, efficient and luxurious service. 

SHL Alumnus Thomas Mack

Thomas Mack

Managing Director at Europa-Park

Rust, Germany

Life is a roller coaster

You can physically feel his pride when listening to Thomas talking about Europa-Park, a thrilling entertainment park in the heart of Europe, run by his family and him. And rightly so. Five years in a row, Europa-Park was crowned “Best entertainment park worldwide” at the Golden Ticket Awards. A big achievement for Thomas, who acts as managing director and is responsible for the hotels, restaurants, marketing, PR, and the entertainment department. With so much on his plate, it’s understandable that there is no daily routine in Thomas’ professional life. “Every day is different, every day is exciting and challenging”, remarks Thomas, probably thinking of one of his many projects. Like the water adventure resort with 300 new hotel rooms opening in 2019. Talking about water: When it comes to his time at SHL, Thomas misses the beautiful scenery around Lake Lucerne. “That and the really good friends I made at SHL are amongst my fondest memories”, he adds.

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