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    Posted June 23, 2014 by
    Lagos, Nigeria

    Nigerian Students excel at International Hospitality Competition

    Press release, Lagos, June 20th 2014


    Wavecrest College of Hospitality emerged second at Accor’s 2014 Take Off! Challenge on digital innovation in hospitality held recently in Paris.

    Accor, the world’s leading hotel operator with over 3,600 hotels and close to 170,000 employees worldwide organized the 3rd run of the competition with the goal of identifying an original mobile service that could transform the hospitality world and customer experience. Some 500 students from 68 universities, business schools and hotel management schools worldwide entered the competition from April 2nd to June 18th 2014.

    The runners-up from Wavecrest College of Hospitality created a mobile communication and training application for Accor employees worldwide. Naseefat Bello, Zita Ubajaka and Onyinye Ibegbulem, final year students of the Higher National Diploma in Hospitality Management submitted their entry which effectively combined the features of popular social media applications to create a platform for Accor employees to engage, share and learn using their smartphones. This achievement is even particularly significant given that Wavecrest College of Hospitality was the only entry representing the continent of Africa and was an all-female team.

    The winning team from Vatel International Business School in Thailand developed the concept of a full option application that guests could use to control everything using their smartphones – from ordering what one needs to organising a trip in the town. The three other finalist teams were from Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Switzerland, Centro Superior de Hosteleria de Galicia in Spain, and Queenstown Resort College of Hospitality in New Zealand.

    The competition was intense and was carried out in three phases. The first round took place with 132 teams presenting their project online with a photomontage. 17 teams were shortlisted. For the second round the 17 teams posted a video online illustrating their application. 5 teams were then selected for the final round in Paris which took place on June 17th and 18th. The finalists presented their project to a jury at the Accor Head Office using technology from Kony, the industry’s leading mobile application development platform.

    During the awards presentation, Accor Group President & CEO, Sébastien Bazin, made special mention of the Wavecrest entry as one that he particularly took note of as it touched on a very important area – people. In addition, Fabrice Tessier, Accor Group’s Schools Relations and Partnerships Director commented that the students were “…very courageous, serious and not afraid of being on such a complex subject. They took into account the HR point of view which was very original.” The TakeOff! Challenge ties in with Accor’s digital transformation drive and mirrors the Group’s aim to spur student creativity and harness it to tackle down-to-earth, demanding challenges in the hospitality business, as well as to identify a pool of young talents to support Accor’s development worldwide.

    Wavecrest College of Hospitality is the premier Monotechnic in Nigeria offering education and training in the field of hospitality & tourism. A project of Women's Board, Educational Cooperation Society, and the spiritual direction of the College is entrusted to the Prelature of Opus Dei of the Catholic Church.
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