EHL Group aims at strategic consulting in luxury and sustainability

EHL recently confirmed its position as best education institution worldwide in terms of hospitality management (QS Top Universities). Markus Venzin, head of the EHL Group for a year now, wants to accelerate the development of academic and business consulting activities, specifically focusing on the luxury and sustainability sectors.

Cristina D’Agostino

By Cristina D’Agostino20 avril 2023

The reception of the EHL Hospitality Business School, in the heart of the gigantic glass roof (DR)

CHF 152 M

Revenues in 2022

CHF 200 M

Targeted revenues in 2030


Estimated revenue from the Graduate School in 2030

Nicknamed “Terminal One”, the gigantic glass structure which defines the new reception, class, and leisure areas of the EHL Hospitality Business School of Lausanne (founded in 1893 as École Hôtelière de Lausanne) showcases the length of the group’s new ambitions: attract a very significant number of students who wish to train in hospitality management, while foreseeing a future beyond pure academia. After tremendous construction works worth over 250 million francs that have significantly transformed the Lausanne campus in Switzerland, the institution must accelerate its international growth today. Overseen by the EHL's non-lucrative foundation, its ambition is to pursue investment and growth (72 million were invested in 2021).

Accelerating growth opportunities through academic and business consulting

Markus Venzin, CEO of the EHL Group since September 2022 (DR)

Markus Venzin, CEO of the EHL Group since September 2022, and his executive team have already completely reimagined the organizational structure of the institution, which now totals three campuses in Lausanne, Passugg and Singapore and several offices abroad. While hospitality, services and experience are at the heart of every industry today, EHL’s know-how is strategic, and the growth opportunities are vast. The school even communicated a few weeks back about having been elected the best institution in the world in terms of hospitality management education and the fifth-best business school in Switzerland. Markus Venzin knows it, his mission to bring international recognition as well as profitability by 2030 must go through developing academic and business consulting for companies, as well as schools or governments.

The EHL Hospitality Business School, founded in 1893, is now well positioned. In ten years, the number of students enrolled in the EHL Group has doubled from approximately 2000 to 4000 (DR)

The international ambition is also the challenge of any rival academic infrastructure related to the worlds of hospitality and hotel management anchored in Switzerland and which also stands out globally. Switzerland has had this know-how for decades. Its interest is clearly to see institutions specialized in educating these sectors grow and shine. EHL Hospitality Business School, founded in 1893, is today well positioned. Over ten years, the number of students registered at the EHL Group has doubled, from about 2000 to 4000 students. The institution counts three campuses in Lausanne, Passugg and Singapore, the number of programs and courses proposed by the EHL Group has gone from 3 to 7 and 46 professional and amateurs’ classes. The latest one was announced by EHL on April 6, a Summer Program dedicated to luxury hospitality management, headed by Florent Girardin, PhD and assistant professor at EHL for Luxury Management, in close collaboration with the prestigious HEC Paris school.

Luxury brands obsessed with quality experiences

The swimming pool, part of the infrastructure available on the new EHL campus (DR)

Another growth opportunity for the group is increasing its ties with the luxury industry. Recently EHL welcomed on its Lausanne campus the CEO of the Saint Laurent brand Francesca Bellettini for an exclusive conference. Markus Venzin explains: “EHL Hospitality Business School already has many projects alongside luxury houses, and this has been ongoing for years. EHL Alliance counts many brands as partners, such as Cartier, Chopard, Laurent Perrier, Four Seasons or even Swiss. These companies are looking for advice and skills in terms of hospitality, and we are well-placed to provide them. One thing is clear and never varies: 30% of client satisfaction comes from the product and 70% from experience tied to it. Increasing satisfaction through the value of the experience is part of hospitality. The luxury brand is, so to speak, obsessed with product quality. On our side, we are here to show them how to create the same quality in hospitality. While service is a perfect execution of a protocol, hospitality is a surprise; it is authenticity and emotion. You can feel like you’ve had good service but not feel welcome. Hospitality is knowing how to share this feeling through each employee of a company. It is a difficult task. Therefore, I firmly believe in education: investing in education at each step of the life of a colleague means increasing the company’s profitability. It is the challenge today in a constantly evolving world.”

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