The lineage of Luxury Hotelschool Paris traces back to the 19th century, with Charles Bouvier, grandfather of the school’s founder, playing a pivotal role in the Société Internationale des Wagons-Lits (sleeping cars).

Oliver Deveaud, General Manager of the Luxury Hotelschool, sheds light on this rich history. “Our origins are deeply rooted in the legacy of Charles Bouvier, who, in 1912, organised presidential train journeys as Inspector for the Société Internationale des Wagons-Lits.”

Incorporating this heritage, Bouvier’s collection of historic menus graces the walls of the school’s training restaurant, aptly named “Le Charles.” Deveaud adds, “It’s a tribute to Bouvier, reflecting our commitment to preserving the historical essence of luxury hospitality.”

Prime location in the heart of Paris

Luxury Hotelschool Paris finds its home in the 8th arrondissement on Boulevard Haussmann, strategically positioned amidst luxury hotels and department stores.

Deveaud notes, “Studying here provides a unique opportunity for students to interact with hotel managers regularly, forging lasting relationships. Our location, just a stone’s throw from Gare Saint-Lazare and served by eight metro lines, ensures accessibility and industry immersion.”

Specialisation in luxury hotel management

In an exclusive interview, Oliver Deveaud delves into the school’s specialisation in luxury hotel management:

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“For over 30 years, Luxury Hotelschool has been at the forefront of training managers for luxury establishments. Our focus shifted in 2018 to exclusively cater to palaces, luxury hotels, high-end resorts, and boutique hotels.”

Deveaud details the curriculum, spanning five years post-Bac, with the first two years in partnership with EHL.

He emphasises, “Our programmes are designed to meet the specific needs of luxury establishments. Students benefit from personalised guidance in small classes of 20, gaining insights into the intricacies of the luxury hospitality sector.”

Master of Science in International Hospitality and Tourism Management

Discussing the Master of Science programme, Deveaud says, “Our new programme meets the precise needs of students and the evolving demands of luxury establishments. Conducted entirely in English, it covers fundamental areas such as strategic management, finance, operations, marketing, and customer experience management.”

He underscores the programme’s practicality. “A six-month management position in a partner luxury hotel ensures real-world application of skills, preparing students for roles like Hotel Director, Operations Director, F&B Director, and more.”

Fostering industry connections and partnerships

Deveaud highlights the school’s commitment to industry collaboration:

“Since 2018, our partnerships with luxury hotels have grown, with increasing satisfaction in the quality of our graduates. The number of internships offered by these establishments continues to rise each year, fostering long-term development plans and HR recruitment strategies.”

He emphasises the significance of annual sponsorship. “Every year, a prominent hotel institution sponsors and co-signs diplomas. In 2023, it’s the Dorchester Collection and Plaza Athénée Paris. These sponsors play a crucial role, mentoring students, sharing experiences, and contributing to the promotion of careers in luxury hospitality.”

In addressing industry trends, Deveaud says, “Luxury Hotelschool’s strength lies in combining French luxury, Anglo-Saxon management, and Swiss hospitality excellence through our EHL partnership. We continuously monitor industry innovations and engage with professionals several times a year to discuss upcoming trends and challenges.”

He adds, “Our focus is on adapting our programmes to meet the evolving needs of our partners and the changing expectations of clients. We organise experiences such as nights in palaces, lunches in Michelin-starred restaurants, and visits to luxury establishments to immerse students in the luxury client experience.”

Global perspectives and alumni success

Discussing the international dimension, Deveaud notes:

“Over 90% of luxury hotel clients in France are international. That’s why we offer courses in French, English, and other languages like Spanish, Russian, and Arabic. Our international partnerships allow students to undertake internships globally, contributing to the internationalisation of our curriculum.”

Highlighting the success of graduates, Deveaud says, “Our goal is to develop globally-minded professionals. Currently, 10% of our students are international, and we aim to increase this to 30%. With a 97% employability rate, our graduates secure leadership positions, with over 25% holding responsibilities abroad.”

Alumni Impact: shaping careers for over 30 years

Deveaud concludes by sharing success stories. “For 30 years, we’ve nurtured the skills and success of our graduates. Alumni often assume directorial roles in luxury establishments before the age of 45, exemplified by individuals like Etienne Haro (The Mark Hotel, New York) and Aya Hanova (Arev, Saint-Tropez). To sustain this community, we are in the process of establishing an Alumni Club.”