About us

Bella Vista Institute of Higher Education (BVIS) is a group of Schools, Education and Training Hubs. BVIS runs several schools and programs, including the UNWTO Academy International Centre in Switzerland (UICS).


The International Centres associated to the UNWTO Academy (ICs) are Education & Training partner institutions for the development and implementation of Tourism Education and Training initiatives. Their purpose is to work as UNWTO knowledge and training hubs, ensuring that the state-of-the-art knowledge and good practices available at UNWTO are delivered under the format of workshops, seminars, or other education and capacity building modalities. These activities are carried out under the guidance and supervision of the UNWTO Academy.

Additionally, UNWTO launched its first Online Education Committee. The First meeting of the Online Education program took place today, online, with the presence of high-level representatives from the public and private sector, with the objective to make education a key pillar for tourism´s recovery. The committee counts with Rui Zhou member of the council to support this new innovative initiatives as Investing in the tourism workers of today and tomorrow is more relevant than ever.

Meet The Team​

The Counsil
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Dr. István Ujhelyi

Member of Council

Member of the European Parliament from 2014, Vice-Chair of TRAN Committee (Transport and Tourism) and Member of ENVI Committee (Environment, Public Health and Food Safety). Elected MP in the Hungarian National Assembly from 2002 and Deputy Speaker between 2010-2014. State-Secretary in the Prime Minister office reponsible among several fields for Tourism, Chair of the National Tourism Committee. Special Ambassador of UNWTO. He is founder and president of the Confucius Institute in Szeged (Hungary). He is Member of the Governor body of the Mediterranean Tourism Board in Malta.

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Helena Marano

Member of Council

Serving as ‘Chair of the Board of Trustees’ for The Travel Foundation. Experiences over a decade, as the Director of the National Travel and Tourism Office of the United States of America. She has over 7 years at the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in London, served as Senior Vice-President, Government and Industry Affairs and in the end as the Executive Vice-President of External Affairs.

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Dr. Mario Hardy

Member of Council

The former Chairman of the ‘Pacific Asia Travel Association Foundation’ and the former PATA CEO for over a decade. With extensive philanthropic project achievements and extensive experiences in leadership, corporate development with government ministers and chief executives. A strong dedication to sustainability, through tourism development. Also has been honoured with a “Global Peace Ambassador” award.

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Dr. László Andor

Member of Council

Former EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and former member of the Board of Directors at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD, London). Currently Secretary General of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS, Brussels), Senior Fellow at Hertie School and Visiting Professor at ULB. He also was Head of Department of Economic Policy at Corvinus University (Budapest) and lectured at Sciences Po.

The Counsil
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Dr. István Ujhelyi

Member of Council

Member of the European Parliament from 2014, Vice-Chair of TRAN Committee (Transport and Tourism) and Member of ENVI Committee (Environment, Public Health and Food Safety). Elected MP in the Hungarian National Assembly from 2002 and Deputy Speaker between 2010-2014. State-Secretary in the Prime Minister office reponsible among several fields for Tourism, Chair of the National Tourism Committee. Special Ambassador of UNWTO. He is founder and president of the Confucius Institute in Szeged (Hungary). He is Member of the Governor body of the Mediterranean Tourism Board in Malta.

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Helena Marano

Member of Council

Serving as ‘Chair of the Board of Trustees’ for The Travel Foundation. Experiences over a decade, as the Director of the National Travel and Tourism Office of the United States of America. She has over 7 years at the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in London, served as Senior Vice-President, Government and Industry Affairs and in the end as the Executive Vice-President of External Affairs.

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Dr. Mario Hardy

Member of Council

The former Chairman of the ‘Pacific Asia Travel Association Foundation’ and the former PATA CEO for over a decade. With extensive philanthropic project achievements and extensive experiences in leadership, corporate development with government ministers and chief executives. A strong dedication to sustainability, through tourism development. Also has been honoured with a “Global Peace Ambassador” award.

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Dr. László Andor

Member of Council

Former EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and former member of the Board of Directors at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD, London). Currently Secretary General of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS, Brussels), Senior Fellow at Hertie School and Visiting Professor at ULB. He also was Head of Department of Economic Policy at Corvinus University (Budapest) and lectured at Sciences Po.

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Rui Zhou

Member of Council

Director of UNWTO International Centre Switzerland and Special Advisor on Education to the Secretary-General of UNWTO. Founding Member of UNWTO online education committee. Director of Hotel Institute Montreux of Swiss Education Group. Founder of Bella Vista Group of Companies which operates hotels & resorts, cruise ships worldwide.

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Dr. Jean-Jacques de Dardel

Member of Council

Mr. de Dardels was the former Swiss Ambassador to China, Belgium and France, as well as former Head of Mission of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and UNESCO. He is the founder and president of Lemania International School and guest Prof of University of Zurich. With his knowledge, he will contribute to the Diplomacy & International Relationship program.

Leadership
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Salvatore Cantale

President

Salvatore Cantale is currently Professor of Finance at IMD. Before joining IMD, Salvatore was an analyst with a large investment bank in London, Faculty Director of the Master in Finance and Master in Risk Management at Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business, a member of the Yale International Institute for Finance.

David Hailstones

Vice-President & Chief Group Cultural Officer

In addition to his MBA from Queen Margaret University (QMU), David Hailstones is a fellow of the Institute of Hospitality in the United Kingdom. With over 15 years of management experience in the award-winning luxury hotels & resorts sector and also over 15 years in educational leadership positions in Switzerland & Europe. He has a present keen interest in global sustainable actions in the hospitality and tourism industries, healthcare and wellbeing, through his work with the UNWTO.

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Dr. Francesco Masetti Placci

Executive Dean

Dr. Masetti holds a Ph.D in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from University of Bologna and a Master’s Degree in Information Technology from the Politechnic of Milan. He has 35 years of professional experience as teacher, as a school administrator and as a corporate executive. He has taught Telecommunications, Mathematics and Physics courses in Universities and Secondary Schools in Italy, France, USA and China and written many scholar papers.

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Nicoletta Scalabrin

Coordinator for Secondary Education

Ms. Scalabrin has a B.A in Arts and Literature from University Ca’ Foscari in Venice, a M.A. in Comparative Literature from La Sorbonne in Paris, a PGCSE in Literature from the University of Nottingham. Mrs. Scalabrin has 35 years of teaching experience in Languages, Literature and Arts in various International Schools in Italy, France, China and the US where she was also an assistant professor of English and French literature at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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Attila Benedek

Special Advisor

Attila Benedek is an experienced Policy Adviser with a history of working in the political organization industry. Skilled in European Studies, International Relations, Management, Transport and Tourism Policy Analysis, and Diplomacy. Strong finance professional with a Master’s degree focused in International Relations and National Security Studies from Corvinus University of Budapest. Leader in working on new technologies, including the electric car, energy as well as digital policy in relation to the growing challenges posed by tourism and transport.

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Hongyu Li

Executive Director

Admissons & Marketing
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Maria Helgesson

Head of Global Admissions & Marketing

Maria Helgesson holds a Master´s degree in Business Administration and Bachelor´s degree in Psychology from Stockholm University, Sweden. She has over 10 years of experience within international education, student admission and marketing. Having previously lived and worked in Sweden, Hungary, South Korea, USA and Switzerland, she is a passionate believer in education and cultural exchange. She makes sure that students and families have everything they need to make a well-informed decision about joining Bella Vista Institute of Higher Education.

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Henar Acebes

Marketing Manager

Henar Acebes holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a Major in Business Development & Promotion from Hochschule Luzern. She has over 5 years of experience in Marketing & Event Management and worked for a variety of national and international scaled events. Having previously completed a Bachelor's in the subject at Dublin Business School in Ireland, her international experience enables her to support different cultural backgrounds and creating events for the community as well as developing a strong image and brand at Bella Vista Institute of Higher Education.

Industry Lectures
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Csilla Mezősi

Lecturer

Ms Csilla Mezősi is the Secretary-General of the European Spas Association (ESPA). She has over 20 years of experience of tourism management in a variety of countries. Lecturer for a diverse number of universities across Europe. She is highly experienced in project management in the field of healthcare tourism across key markets. Strategic development & hotel investments from a city-level to national-government supported projects.

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Urs Pilz

Lecturer

 

Mr Urs Pilz is the Vice-President of the International Circus Festival in Monte Carlo & named President of the European Circus Association (E.C.A) and President of World Circus Association. These Organizations aim the promotion of the Art and Culture of the Circus in Europe and all over the world. As Chief adviser of Circus Krone in Munich and later in the Committee of the Festival International du Cirque de Monte Carlo, at first, as Coordinator of the Jury and personal Adviser of Prince Rainier III for matter of Circus, Mr. Pilz had a key role to have Circus art and culture well-recognised.

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Tony Zahra

Lecturer

Former EU Mandate of the European Economic Social Council and Senior Vice President of the Federation of Industries. Current Council Member of the Malta Chamber of Commerce and the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association, where he holds the position of President of the Association. Founder Mediterranean Tourism Foundation which was established to bring together representatives from all Mediterranean countries to promote and lobby joint actions in favour of Mediterranean Tourism.

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Tamás Flesch

Lecturer

 

Accomplished and motivated leader with over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Within the last decade he managed and participated in a number of investments in the hotel sector. His objective is to offer quality hotel and restaurant services, creating a premium product. As Managing Director his aim is to steer the company with strategic insight. President of the Hungarian Hotel and Restaurant Association 2019-2021. His motto is that a company is either growing or regressing, therefore he is open to any new project which allows CG growing and developing.

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Isabella de Monte

Lecturer

Isabella De Monte Former mayor of the city of Pontebba, Italy and Senator of the Italian Parliament. She was a Member of the European Parliament from 2014 to 2019 she has worked on a number of policy issues, with a particular emphasis in and around the transport and tourism sectors, where her work has been widely recognised and praised. Her TRAN committee report on ‘New challenges and concepts for the promotion of tourism in Europe’ represents one of her most significant achievements.

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Nikos Mertzanidis

Lecturer

Director, European Government Affairs at Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) in Brussels. He develops, presents, negotiates, and implements European industry positions on legislative, regulatory, and policy matters involving taxation, port & destination, public health, crew and visa issues. Secretary to the CLIA Europe Port & Destination Advisory Committee and the Taxation, Labour Affairs and Public Health Working Groups. Previously, he had been working as junior political adviser in the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament.