The Glion Institute of Higher Education (GIHE), one of the top three hotel management schools in Switzerland, has seen increased interest from Saudi nationals eager to enrol in its hospitality courses since it was officially recognised by kingdom’s Ministry of Education.
“We are honoured to have GIHE recognised by the Ministry of Education of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The support received by the government scholarships, has made a difference in Saudi nationals wanting to get an unparalleled education in hospitality management at Glio,” said Michael Huckaby, interim CEO of GIHE.
For many international hotel chains, Saudi Arabia is a strategic base in the region because of the large number of tourists visiting the country every year.
According to a report by Alpen Capital, tourist arrivals are expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4 percent between 2012 and 2022, driven by strong growth across all sectors, with occupancies set to jump from 67.5 percent in 2011 to 74.2 percent by 2016.
“Saudi Arabia is the largest hospitality market in the Gulf Cooperation Council. There is a huge demand for Saudi hospitality professionals in the industry because of the restrictions placed on the number of expatriates who can work in the country, “said Huckaby.
Campuses in both Switzerland and the UK have reported heightened enrolment in both their undergraduate and graduate programs.
Students at Glion receive a Swiss model hospitality education that combines theory, practice and internships.
Highly reputed brands such as Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International and Hyatt, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, InterContinental Hotels Group, visit Glion every year to recruit and interview potential candidates.