To be eligible for participating in the EMCup, the following criteria must be satisfied:

  • Bachelor degree students in Hospitality Management only
  • Student are preferably in their 3rd of 4th year
  • A school can participate with maximum 1 team, consisting of minimum 4 and maximum 5 students + 1 or 2 coaches
  • Students are allowed to participate in the competition only once
  • Strong recommendation to select students from different nationalities


The competition consists of several assignments, some of them are pre-assignments which have to be completed prior to the competition days and others will be assessed during the competition days itself.

All formal assignments are assessed by the Business Jury which are professionals of the hospitality industry. In the overview you will see the procedure of judging throughout the whole competition.



To provide a high quality programme, a maximum of 36 schools can participate in the EMCup. Admission takes place on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis.

Hosting city

We invite you to Maastricht! A truly European city, known around the world for its hospitable character. Not only was the important ‘’Treaty of Maastricht’’ signed here in 1992, the city itself is located in at international crossroads and cities as Brussels Liège, Aachen, Cologne and Düsseldorf are within an hour’s journey.

Location competition

We welcome you to the Hotel Management School Maastricht to open the EMCup and start the competition. The competition will continue in MECC Maastricht. Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre is the perfect location for a professional competition. Here, all teams will compete with each other to become the winner of the EMCup.

Hospitable stay

A hospitable stay is important in order to achieve the best result in this competition. NH Maastricht will comfort you for a two night stay including breakfast. This to make sure you can leave Maastricht with a satisfied and rested feeling. The room division will be made by the organisation based on gender and preference.

Award Dinner
Party location

What could you possibly do with an empty church? Well … convert it to an awesome party location! Welcome to the Rebelle, where we will close-off the EMCup in style with an amazing Award Dinner


For each participant in the EMCup we ask for a participation fee of € 250,- excluding VAT, which includes the following:

  • Two overnight stays in a hotel, including breakfast, on Sunday February 9th  and Monday February 10th 2025. The students will be sharing double or triple rooms. One room per coach is offered.
  • Transport during the official EMCup programme.
  • Food & Beverage during the official EMCup programme.

Other costs

Transport to and from Maastricht has to be organised and paid by the participating team. Pre- and post-nights are not included, but the reservations for these additional nights will be taken care of by the EMCup organisation.


Do you want to broaden your horizon and expand your international network? Then the EMCup is the perfect opportunity!