Young European Hotelier of the year 2011 reports on his stay at Cornell

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Aimone dal Pozzo (right) receives his General Manager programme certificate at Cornell.

“The experience has been just amazing, not only with respect to the information I have obtained, but especially in terms of human interaction,” says Aimone dal Pozzo, Young European Hotelier of the year 2011, in an email report to HSMAI Europe, on his recent attendance at Cornell University’s General Managers programme, awarded by HSMAI Europe and TripAdvisor.

In the weeks to come HSMAI Europe launches its search for young talents in the European travel and hospitality industry, leading up to the HSMAI Europe awards in Germany later this year.

If you know of any young hoteliers or young leaders worthy of a prize, please do not hesitate to contact us (see form at bottom of article). Further details on prize categories to follow during the month of May.

Meanwhile HSMAI would like to draw your attention to the above mentioned Aimone dal Pozzo of Italian hotel Castello dal Pozzo, Young European Hotelier of the year 2011, since attending the Cornell programme this year.

We would like to take this opportunity to emphasise the importance of follow-up studies, or education beyond qualification, as it were, profiling Mr Aimone dal Pozzo, of whom the 2011 awards jury said:

The winner is a person who has lifted his hotel to a new level in the later years. Supervising all aspects of the hotel operation, and having grown up in a hotel environment, the real lessons about planning, motivation and judgment came from racing motorbikes. Using his experience from the race track, he developed the family business from a location for weddings and gala dinners to a five star luxury hotel. HSMAI Europe and TripAdvisor congratulates Aimone dal Pozzo, Owner & CEO of Castello dal Pozzo, as winner of the Young European Hotelier of the Year.

Aimone dal Pozzo receiving the Young European Hotelier of the Year 2011 prize, including a stay at Cornell's General Manager programme,  at the Hilton Park Lane in London, awarded by HSMAI Europe, in cooperation with TripAdvisor.
Aimone dal Pozzo receiving the Young European Hotelier of the Year 2011 prize, including a stay at Cornell’s General Managers programme,  at the Hilton Park Lane in London, awarded by HSMAI Europe, in cooperation with TripAdvisor.

The Young European Hotelier 2011 prize was just that; attendance at Cornell’s – the world’s premier hotel school’s – General Managers programme, from which Aimone himself recounts (in two separate emails):

“I arrived on Saturday and the flight was fine and on time. I am staying at the Statler Hotel, which is part of the hotel administration school, and is run partly by students. The faculty has about 800 students every year. There are a total of 30,000 students on campus – it is amazing!

I am in a very nice room, with space to study and a super view (see  below photographs, followed by continued article).

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I have met the others just this evening, they are 23, all in all, from all over the world and I’d say at least ten years older, it is looking very good.

Tomorrow lessons start at 8:00 am right through to 5:00 pm … Here we go!”

And then:

“I have just got back from Ithaca and have been covered in things to do and catch up. The experience has been just amazing, not only with respect to the information I have obtained, but especially in terms of human interaction.” Article continues below photograph.

The January 2013 class of Cornell's General Manager programme.
The January 2013 class of Cornell’s General Managers programme (click picture for larger version).

No doubt the Young European Hotelier of the year main prize is a valuable one, so please do not hesitate to suggest your candidates (a brief argument for your suggestion, along with links or contact data, would be much appreciated):

We’d also like to show you a few snaps of Aimone dal Pozzo’s wonderful hotel, the Castello dal Pozzo, in the below gallery:

Top photograph: Aimone dal Pozzo (right) receives his General Managers programme certificate at Cornell.