My name is Michael Friedrich, founder of the Friedrich Hospitality Foundation. I’m the offspring of a family whose hospitality profession is also a passion and I am a proud father myself. Privately and on business, my travels have taken me to lots of different places in the world. I have been deeply impressed by the the different cultures that I have encountered, but unfortunately also the great financial and social gaps. But what connected the countries and the people was the warm hospitality. In numerous conversations, I have met young people who were full of energy, but had no opportunity or means to pursue their career path. Eventhough, the potential for big achievements lay dormant in them!
These impressions have not let me go. As a father, I am more aware of the responsibilities we have for the next generation. Should we not make sure that our children have the opportunity for a secure start into Adulthood? Should we not do everything to pave the way for them? At the same time, I have observed a disturbing development in the hotel and catering industry. Personalized service too often gives way to the standardized all-inclusive. The relationship between guests and hosts is exactly what makes a memorable stay. We can only feel comfortable if we are not treated as part of the masses but as individuals. So what can we do to preserve the culture of hospitality?
From all of these thoughts, the idea for the Friedrich Hospitality Foundation was born.
It is important to us that a considerate way of behaving is lived in our foundation – both by us from the foundation and by the scholars. Our non-profit organization brings the industry that our heart beats for together with those whose passion only needs a perspective. Hospitality is this perspective because it is so versatile that everyone can bring their individual strengths. That is why we support people for the hotel, gastronomy and tourism industry.We ensure their education and we ensure that a solid basis exist – eg. through the construction of hotel management schools.
We want to open doors and build bridges – between travelers and locals, between education, science and business and, above all, between the present and the future.
On our website, you will find details about us and our activities. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or are interested in our foundation.
We happily welcome any support!
Your Michael (Mike) Friedrich
Founder and Managing Director of the Friedrich Hospitality Foundation