2019 Edition

And the winners are...

After months of competition, Accor’s Take Off! student challenge has come to an end and was a great success! Five talented teams coming from Vietnam, Canada, Switzerland and the Philippines pitched their projects in front of a jury of 15 professionals. The teams showed a great amount of enthusiasm, determination, perseverance, and dynamism throughout the final.

It is with immense pride that we announce the ranking of the winning teams of this year’s edition:

1. iMEN from National Economics University, Vietnam
2. Cultures United from Algonquin College, Canada
3. E-motion Bracelet from l’Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland
4. Hotel X from University of the Philippines, Philippines
5. Milky Way from National Economics University, Vietnam

Click here to view their projects.

All three projects were well thought, aligned with Accor’s strategy, innovative and professionally presented. Once again, this final proved that student-driven innovation is at the heart of Accor.

“It is super important to value talent, to value brains and also to rely on student’s imagination to design the future.” – Maud Bailly

Thank you to all the partners, schools, professors, and Accor colleagues who contributed to making this year’s Take Off! Edition so successful.

See you next year!

The School Relations and Partnerships team,

Mathilde Hénault, Adèle Verré, Djibril Fofana, Fabrice Tessier




 Take Off! is the worldwide student competition organized by Accor.

Our competition enables students to be evaluated by top-level Accor professionals and by recognized school teachers with various cultural backgrounds!

For the last 7 years, Accor has been challenging students from every corner of the globe with various issues connected with the group’s activities, such as loyalty programs, F&B services and lifestyle brands.



What can you win?

The winning team will win a city-trip in Europe and may choose a preferred destination among the following cities: Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Prague, Budapest, Lisbon, Rome, Florence, Venice, Marrakech, Athens, St Petersburg, Vienna or Barcelona (destinations are subject to change).
The prize include full coverage by Accor of the cost of transportation (return flights or train tickets), 3 nights in a 4- or 5-star hotel, breakfast as well as other advantages to be specified.

What is at stake for the finalists of
Take Off! 2019?

The 5 selected teams will be invited to attend the Finale in Paris. The following expenses will be covered by Accor:

- Travel expenses by plane or train from the school city (economy class/second class)
- Hotel accommodation (mid-scale or economy Accor)
- Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Transportation between the hotel and the competition location.


Meet Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO of Accor and other Accor's Top Management executives.

Why should you participate?

Who can participate?

Students must be:

- Enrolled at any school of higher education (Hospitality Management school, Business school, University, Design School, etc.).
- Aged between 18 and 30 years old at registration.
- Registered in one team of three participants
- Each member of the team must have a valid email address.

Students cannot be:

- Employees, apprentices, trainees and/or interns in the teams of Accor (or of any of its affiliates) working in the Marketing Innovation Lab, Digital Products & Innovation, School Relation and Partnerships Departments or dealing closely with the Hotel Development strategy.
- Amongst the semi-finalists teams in a former Take Off!


When completing the official registration forms, the teams will be asked to accept these Official Rules (please refer to Rules further details). Failure to accept the Official Rules will prohibit the completion of the official registration form.