With 2 older brothers, one studying Culinary Arts, the other studying Finance in Lausanne, and parents heavily involved in the Slow Food Association in Italy, it was clear for Xenia that hospitality/hotel management was the study path she would take.
“My parents travelled and worked internationally and this is where my passion to travel and work abroad has come from. I am convinced that studying Hospitality Management will allow me to do the same.”
The Slow Food Association, which she herself is involved in, promotes access to clean and healthy food for communities.
Is the hotel industry really that innovative?
“There is no doubt that the hotel industry is progressive in terms of technological innovation. However, dining and culinary are just as innovative. From sustainable culinary arts, molecular food to slow food, there is so much to learn.”
When asked about some of the modules she is studying, she talked in detail about innovation and strategic management.
“We learn about innovation in the industry and how dynamic the hotel business is. The type of subjects range from philanthropy, consumerism, world economics, strategy to the latest technology. It seems the hotel industry is always pushing the boundaries to remain competitive. Really, some businesses could learn a lot from our industry. The Hilton is a great example. Partnered with IBM, together they have developed the first robotic concierge. How cool is that.”
Innovation has most certainly inspired Xenia and the advice she would give to anybody who is unsure about whether to study Hotel Management is, to do your research.
“Read articles on line, visit hotels and be inspired. When choosing a university, visit and use social media, it’s a great way to see what’s going on with the students.”