February 2021 - Esteemed Partners YHS 2021


Partners that make the Summit bigger and better!


Challenge Provider

IHG Hotels & Resorts

We are delighted to present this year’s Challenge Provider – IHG Hotels & Resorts.

IHG Hotels & Resorts is a global hospitality group registered in the UK. Their 886,000 hotel rooms and nearly 6,000 hotels are spread across more than 100 different countries. Their family of 16 hotel brands include InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts and many others. They range from luxury and lifestyle, to premium, essentials and suites, and the chances are high you’ve already stayed at an IHG hotel!

Responsible Business lies at the heart of what IHG Hotels & Resorts does on a day-to-day basis. On February 15th 2021, the hotel group launched Journey to Tomorrow, an ambitious action plan to drive change for people, communities and the planet by 2030, in line with the UN Sustainable Development goals. Journey to Tomorrow sets out five clear ambitions:

  • Our People: Champion a diverse culture where everyone can thrive.

  • Communities: Improve the lives of 30 million people in our communities around the world.

  • Carbon & Energy: Reduce our energy use and carbon emissions in line with climate science.

  • Waste: Pioneer the transformation to a minimal waste hospitality industry.

  • Water: Conserve water and help secure water access in those areas at greatest risk.

IHG Hotels & Resorts is not starting from scratch – Journey to Tomorrow builds on their previous actions in this space. For instance, the carbon footprint was reduced by 5% per room in 2019. Through the “IHG Academy”, the group works with hotels and NGO partners to provide hotel work experience and more job opportunities to local communities.

IHG Hotels & Resorts supported key workers during the pandemic by introducing a “Heroes Rate”. All over the world, the company has worked with governments to provide healthcare workers and vulnerable groups with accommodation during this global crisis. IHG Hotels & Resorts’ purpose does not only focus on their guests but on providing True Hospitality for Good by taking actions to create positive change for people, communities and the planet. We feel incredibly proud and honored to be able to call them this year’s Challenge Provider at YHS.

Dorchester Collection

We present to you our esteemed partner, Dorchester Collection.

Dorchester Collection is a group of autonomously run luxury hotels managed by an experienced team led by their CEO, Christopher Cowdray. It is made up of nine 5-star hotels located in seven cities across four countries. The hotels are unique as they embody their location through refined elegance and bespoke service.

At the heart of everything they do, is their organizational culture: “By our people, for our guests”. Their people are an enormous pride to the Collection, and it is also the reason their guests keep coming back to Dorchester hotels; it is their commitment to uncompromising service.

Dorchester Collection also endorses human rights in each of the countries they are located and thus developed the Dorchester Collection Code which highlights their commitment to non-discrimination, diversity, and equal opportunities for all. Moreover, each hotel seeks to minimize the environmental impact of its operations (i.e., energy consumption, water usage, waste management, product procurement and use, and the selection of materials in refurbishment and new projects). They have also established a corporate responsibility steering group to ensure that the company can fulfill its obligations in the most effective way while not compromising their values in the core activities.


Presenting to you, our next partner, STR.

STR provides premium data benchmarking, analytics and marketplace insights for global hospitality sectors. They currently work with 67,000 hotels with total of 8 million rooms in 180 countries. STR was acquired in 2019 by CoStar Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGP), leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics and online marketplaces.

STR been recognized by many for their work and culture. Some of their accolades include - The Sunday Times’ Best Companies list in the U.K. in 2018 and 2017, Tennessean List of Top Workplace in 2020, 2018, 2016 and 2014 and America’s Fastest Growing Private Company in 2012. Another feather in their cap is the launch of HotelNewsNow in 2008, a website with news on the hotel industry.

STR truly lives up to its title of a Top Workplace with its excellent company culture and values of transparency and honesty with clients as well as employees. They believe in empowering employees through support of professional and personal goals by offering opportunities for flexibility and learning and giving back to the community through philanthropy.

STR's efforts to give back to the community in the form of educational support is evident in the Share Center of Online Workshops for hospitality enthusiasts & professionals to increase their qualification.

Frequent press releases that provide reliable insight on hospitality industry and hotel performance nation wide, Glossary & Formulas of various rooms management tools, Case Studies on newly emerged business and evaluation of various markers - are some of the additional services offered by STR.

Bye Bye Plastic Bags

Finally, here are our young, change-driven partners, Bye Bye Plastic Bags and Youthtopia.

Melati (20) and Isabel (18) Wijsen started Bye Bye Plastic Bags at the ages of 10 and 12. Started off with the persistent efforts of young volunteers to get maximum support, collecting a million signatures at the Bali Airport, attempting online with Avaaz and gradually working their way up to a global reach. Today, more than 50 BBPB teams spread across 29 locations and the founders continue to share their message around the world in front of global leaders.

BBPB is set on a Mission to empower people to do what is right through education, campaigns, and political lobby for policy change. Start making that difference one bag at a time. Their noble objective and work have been recognized by Forbes, Time Magazine and CNN.

As young change makers, they are strong believers that real change happens in the classroom. That is why BBPB talks to many students during school presentations. To actively get young students involved, we created an environmental, educational booklet. Having spoken to over 200,000 youth and created 2 educational booklets aimed for elementary schools in Indonesia, education has a huge place in the heart of BBPB.

An important ad effective value for BBPB is allowing people to see different ways of being a part of the solution – for example, hands-on projects such as our Pilot Village program, River BOOM toolkits, Mountain Mama’s Social Enterprise and our campaign One Island One Voice.


At the heart of Youthtopia is a change maker program based on the Wijsen sisters’ belief that every young person can make a difference, even if they might not know how. It aims to train a generation of change makers and give them the tools to make a difference.

Youthtopia is a place for young kids to understand from each other how they can build a world and a future that they want to be a part of. They host on-the-ground local workshops and training and want to become the global headquarters for a movement of young change makers.

Their initiatives also include short and meaningful peer to peer programs guided by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These programs are developed by the frontline young change makers for the aspiring change makers. For youth by youth.

Every year, YHS welcomes speakers and student delegates from over 40 leading hospitality institutions, as well as members of the media and other external guests at the summit. Building on a different theme each year, YHS serves as a platform for insightful and engaging debates and discussions on the most Topical issues of the hospitality industry. For more information on the panels, schedule, and YHS in general, please visit us at www.yhsglobal.com.
Contact: Muskaan Dadu Head of Press & Public Relations muskaan.dadu@ehl.ch

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