Stenden University of Applied Sciences and NHL University of Applied Sciences have merged on 1st of January and is now NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences. For the latest information on the university, the courses and application procedure please visit our new website:

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University of Applied Sciences

Innovation in Hospitality

The Department of Innovation in Hospitality is concerned with exploring future trends and developments in the hospitality industry. This industry is becoming increasingly important as a source of revenue for countries, regions and cities, creating employment for large numbers of people. While this makes the industry very valuable for the future, it is also in constant flux, with traditional values falling by the wayside and both customers and employees becoming increasingly demanding when it comes to quality and diversity. The Department, aware of the importance of anticipating future trends, is committed to practical research that supports businesses in the hospitality industry in setting policies and introducing innovations.


The research carried out by the Department of Innovation in Hospitality is also valuable to Stenden University of Applied Sciences as a whole, particularly for students and lecturers at the School of Hotel Management. Many of the findings of the Department’s research are incorporated into the curriculum and discussed with students in class. If you are currently a Stenden student and are interested in innovations in the hospitality industry, you are eligible to participate in our research studies. We regularly invite students to help us with our research in some capacity.


We also draw on an extensive network of professionals who provide input for our research, including services industry representatives, hospitality experts and other researchers. Our current partners include the Centre of Expertise for Leisure, Tourism & Hospitality (CELTH), the Association for Hospitality (Gastvrijheidsgilde), the Small Business Institute (SBI) in the United States and the Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME).

Research Group

The Professor of Applied Sciences, who heads the research group, is Dr Sjoerd Gehrels, with the other members including lecturers from Stenden University of Applied Sciences and field experts. 


If you have any questions about the Research Group or would like to receive more information, please contact our Office Manager, Regina van der Meer. She can be contacted by telephone at +31 (0)6 153 197 09 or by e-mail at


The Research Group of the Innovation  Department includes the following members:


Hotel Management School
Postbus 1298

Rengerslaan 8
NL-8900 CG Leeuwarden, the Netherlands

Administrative Assistant in the Innovation in Hospitality Department: Regina van der Meer
T: +31 (0)6 15 31 97 09

Office Manager ESR/Academisation Office: Sonja Schuil
T: +31 (0)6 19 28 13 29

Stenden AIHR - Academy of International Hospitality Research

Stenden University of Applied Sciences and NHL University of Applied Sciences have merged on 1 January 2018 and are now NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences.

For the most up to date information about the university, the courses, and application procedure, we would like to refer you to our new website

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