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Sommet Education Foundation under the high patronage of Accor to develop Indian Talent Development Initiative.

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New Delhi, April 4th 2024: Indian School of Hospitality (ISH) and Sommet Education, the distinguished leaders in hospitality education are delighted to announce a pioneering collaboration with Accor, a global leader in hospitality, to unveil the Indian Talent Development Initiative.

The three-year alliance was officialised at the HICSA 2024, 19th Hotel Investment Conference in Bengaluru.

This endeavour will be led by the Sommet Education Foundation, with Accor serving as its founding patron. The Indian Talent Development Initiative aims to invest in the skills of the Indian youth and deliver them opportunities for growth in the thriving hospitality industry.

Under the initiative, Sommet Education Foundation and Accor will sponsor 16 deserving individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to enrol in ISH's Intensive Culinary Arts Programme and Intensive Pastry and Bakery Programme. Each intake will consist of 5 to 6 students, with the program scheduled to commence in August 2024, followed by subsequent intakes in January 2025 and January 2026.

From Left to Right: Kunal Vasudeva - Co-founder and Managing Director, Indian School of Hospitality I Sébastien Bazin - Chairman & CEO of Accor I Anouck Weiss - Vice President Executive, Sommet Education Foundation  I Puneet Dhawan - Senior Vice President, Operations Accor in India


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As a prominent hospitality education institution, we recognise the transformative potential of the Indian Talent Development Initiative to uplift and inspire individuals aiming to make a difference in the hospitality sector. ISH is dedicated to providing top-tier training and exceptional learning experiences to nurture a generation of new talents for hospitality who will set new benchmarks and create lasting impact on the future of hospitality

Mr. Kunal Vasudeva

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As a leading hospitality group, we acknowledge the significance of investing in the next generation of talent. We want to guarantee each of our Talent the opportunities to reach their full potential by preventing inequalities and discrimination. The success of our employees must not be determined by diplomas neither origins nor nationalities. Supporting Sommet Education Foundation and developing this first initiative also in India signifies our devotion to bringing positive change by providing world-class education and hands-on training for the aspiring youth in India.

Mrs Anne-Sophie BERAUD

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At Sommet Education, we believe in the power of education to drive positive change and create pathways to success. Through the Indian Talent Development Initiative, we are proud to join forces with Accor to support talent development and foster social inclusion in India's hospitality sector. By offering scholarships and employment opportunities, we aim to empower individuals with the necessary skills and resources to emerge as change agents of the future

Mrs Anouck Weiss

The Indian School of Hospitality (ISH), recognised for its dedication to excellence in hospitality education, will play a vital role in driving the success of the initiative. With its state-of-the-art facilities and highly proficient faculty, ISH will deliver valuable support by offering world-class training and facilitating immersive learning experiences for sponsored students.

ISH has carved a distinctive reputation in hospitality management and culinary arts programs in association with renowned global education institutions such as globally recognized culinary School - École Ducasse, France, and Les Roches, Switzerland. As a part of Sommet Education’s global network of 20 campuses across 10 countries, ISH is committed to empowering students and nurturing them into influential leaders within the hospitality industry.

These programs are designed to fast- track culinary careers and will incorporate a three-month on-the-job immersion at Accor, followed by pre-qualified employment contracts that assure 100% employability for the students.

India's tourism and hospitality sector has experienced significant growth in recent years, emerging as one of the key contributors to the country's economy. According to Mordor Intelligence, the Indian hospitality industry is projected to reach $24.61 billion in 2024, with further growth expected to touch $31.01 billion by 2029, demonstrating a robust compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.73%.

However, despite these promising figures, the rate of youth unemployment is still considerably high in India, as according to the Indian Employment Report, over 82 percent of the total unemployed population consists of youths.

To address this significant challenge, Sommet Education and Accor are dedicated to promoting sustainable growth, addressing employment gaps, and empowering individuals from underserved communities to pursue rewarding careers in hospitality.

The launch of the Indian Talent Development Initiative is a testament to the shared vision and dedication of Sommet Education, ISH, and Accor towards promoting talent development, fostering social equality, and bolstering economic growth in India. The unique and noble initiative will also create new avenues for development and elevate the standards and prospects of the hospitality sector in India.


About Accor

Accor is a world leading hospitality group offering experiences across more than 110 countries in more than 5,500 properties, 10,000 food & beverage venues, wellness facilities or flexible workspaces. The Group has one of the industry’s most diverse hospitality ecosystems, encompassing more than 45 hotel brands from luxury to economy, as well as Lifestyle with Ennismore. Accor is committed to taking positive action in terms of business ethics & integrity, responsible tourism, sustainable development, community outreach, and diversity & inclusion.  Founded in 1967, Accor SA is headquartered in France and publicly listed on Euronext Paris (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC Market (Ticker: ACCYY) in the United States. For more information, please visit or follow us on X, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and TikTok. 


About Indian School of Hospitality

Indian School of Hospitality (ISH) is an institution of higher education focused on reimagining hospitality education for today’s generation and tomorrow’s businesses. ISH is a part of Sommet Education’s global network of 20 campuses across 10 countries. The ISH philosophy is to impart lifelong skills to students to help them succeed as leaders of tomorrow – giving them the tools they need to shape one of the biggest industries worldwide. At its ultra-modern campus in Gurugram (Delhi NCR), ISH offers an International degree as well as diploma and certificate programs in Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Their undergraduate culinary program is offered with the expertise, know-how and industry recognition of the global École Ducasse brand, and their hospitality management program is offered in alliance with Les Roches, one of the world’s leading hospitality business schools.


About Sommet Education

Sommet Education is the world’s leader in hospitality education with a global network of 5 education brands.

It comprises two of the Top 5 globally ranked institutions: the prestigious Swiss originated hospitality business schools Glion Institute of Higher Education and Les Roches. Sommet Education reinforced its leadership with culinary and pastry arts schools École Ducasse; South African Education leader Invictus and Indian School of Hospitality.

These institutions offer 400 undergraduate, graduate and technical training programs to 10,000 students and learners from 100 different nationalities in 10 countries. Teaching is offered on 20 campuses, as well as through state-of-the-art remote learning platforms. Together the schools have a network of 60,000 influential alumni in hospitality and beyond.


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