Young Talent Programme

We cannot talk about the future without including tomorrow’s generation. World Tourism Forum Lucerne has launched various initiatives to help foster the exchange of expertise between generations within the industry. The Young Talent Programme is the longest established of these.

The goal of the Young Talent Programme is to connect CEOs and talented young people, whilst emphasising the importance of a talent pipeline between universities and the industry. 

The Young Talent Programme invites the best students from our partner universities to the Forum where they will have an exceptional opportunity to attend a career planning session by Korn Ferry. They will meet internationally renowned CEOs and world-famous opinion leaders within the travel, tourism & hospitality industry to build up a unique network for their personal career path. 


World Tourism Forum Lucerne is again looking forward to invite the best tourism students from its partner universities in Africa, Asia, America, Australia and Europe to attend the Young Talent Programme at the Forum in May 2019 in Switzerland.

The academic committee of the World Tourism Forum Lucerne had the difficult task to select the most promising abstracts out of over 70 outstanding applications. 40 students of our partner universities had been eligible to send in a full paper for a double blinded peer-reviewed process which was due in November 2018. Out of these candidates, 20 students were asked to do a Learning Agility Test by our partner company Korn Ferry in order to select the 12 most talented students.

The 12 finalists are now invited by World Tourism Forum Lucerne to visit the Forum from May 1 – 3 2019 in Lucerne and present a poster of their research. In a Career Planning Session organized by Korn Ferry the Young Talents will get some most valuable expert advice on how to advance their career and how to network and market themselves. During the Forum the 3 winners of the Young Talent Award will be evaluated and awarded in a ceremony.

Meet our finalists 2019 here.

Young Talent Winners 2017

Young talent programme 2017

Young Talent Programme Partner Universities

Every aspect of the Young Talent Programme will be beneficial to my career, starting from the career planning sessions with Korn Ferry and networking cocktails to the Forum itself and the workshops it included. I am looking forward to collaborate in the near future with the other Young Talents and industry experts.
— Sari Arab, Student at IMI University Centre, Switzerland

Young Talent Programme Partner