IST International School of Tourism Management joins the Vantage Education Group

With the IST International School of Tourism Management, the Vantage Education Group is winning another educational institution and thus gaining access to the tourism sub-sector. 

IST was founded in 1987. In 1992, the current majority shareholder, Hanna Rychener Kistler, assumed management and further developed the company in a very successful way. From basic training in the travel sector to the Swiss state-recognized Diploma Program for Tourism Experts (PET), IST as a professional education and training (PET) college offers an entire palette of training and continuing education programs. More than 1000 students are trained at the two locations in Zurich and Lausanne on a full-time basis in practice-oriented courses with a high quality standard running alongside their careers. 

We are pleased that Hanna Rychener Kistler will continue to lead IST as its director in cooperation with the Vantage Education Group. “For us, the Vantage Education Group is the ideal partner to be able to further develop IST in the future too – employees, instructors and students will be able to profit from this strong education group,” Hanna Rychener Kistler is convinced.

The Vantage Education Group is entering the tourism sub-sector with IST, as well as gaining market entry in Western Switzerland through the location in Lausanne. “In developing the Vantage Education Group, we set the goal of bringing together established and locally successful educational institutions and using the group-wide synergy potential among the different offerings in a targeted manner to guarantee ambitious people sustainable and high-quality training and further education. This is why I am very pleased that with IST, we have been able to gain a very successful educational institution for the Group,” says Marco Martelli, Chairman of the Board of the Vantage Education Group, about the new partnership.

About IST AG

IST was founded in 1987. In 1992, the current majority shareholder, Hanna Rychener Kistler, assumed management and further developed the company in a very successful way. From basic training in the travel sector to the Swiss state-recognized Diploma Program for Tourism Experts (PET), IST as a professional education and training (PET) college offers an entire palette of training and continuing education programs.

About Vantage Education AG

With over 100 employees in school administration, more than 500 instructors and 6000 students, the Vantage Education Group is the second-largest private education group in the Swiss market. Since 2013, educational companies strongly anchored in one or several regions – such as HSO Business School with 10 locations, H.B.S Schools and K.M.Z. Management School in Rapperswil, HMZ Academy in Baar and BVS Bildungszentrum in St. Gallen and now also IST AG with both of its locations in Zurich and Lausanne – have been united under the umbrella of the Vantage Education Group.