GUELPH, Ont. — The 11th edition of the Hospitality & Tourism Case Competition (HTCC) was recently held at the University of Guelph.

The competition provides an opportunity for students in hospitality and tourism programs to demonstrate their presentation skills, problem-solving skills and creativity by answering challenging case questions in front of a panel of industry leaders.

Participants were provided a case by industry organizations, which they must find a solution for within a three-hour time frame. Students are then allotted 20 minutes to present their solutions, followed by a Q&A session. The rigorous competition encourages students to find effective ways to handle unique situations under pressure and apply their education to real-world scenarios.

36 student delegates representing the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ryerson University; The School of Management ESG, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM); and The School of Hospitality, Food & Tourism Management, University of Guelph took part in this year’s HTCC.

In the Hospitality Case challenge, supplied by Marriott Hotels Canada, students from the University of Guelph took first place, followed by UQAM and Ryerson teams. The winning Guelph team was made up of Cassia Groenenberg, Sahad Kassam and Shruti Kukreja.

Teams from the University of Guelph took first and second place in the Tourism Case, supplied by Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, with a team from UQAM taking third. The first-place team for this case featured Alex Owens, Yufeng Yang and Jacqueline Simard.


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