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Collegiate DECA and Knowledge Matters are pleased to present the 2023 Collegiate DECA Virtual Case Simulation Competition featuring the Entrepreneurship Collection of Case Simulations. Participants in competition will take on the role of an entrepreneur in this interactive, browser-based simulation.

The Competition is sponsored by Collegiate DECA and Knowledge Matters.

The VB College – Hotel Management Competition encourages participants to test their skills at managing a simulated hotel. Students will be limited as to which concepts they are able to control during the event. What participants control will include various combinations of the following concepts: front desk operations, housekeeping, marketing & public relations, group sales, banquets, pricing & revenue management, social media and restaurant operations. Participants’ scores will be based on a balanced scorecard that includes profitability, customer satisfaction, and employee satisfaction. Participants will be ranked based on their balanced scorecard.


The first through third place nationally ranked students will win the following awards. Awards are funded by the ICHRIE Future Fund.

Dates & Details

This competition is completely web-based and there is one round for the event. Participants will utilize a limited function online competition version of our Virtual Business College – Hotel simulation. Participants will manage a combination of concepts found within the simulation, but they will not be able to control every concept found under the Actions menu. Concepts that have been disabled will be set adequately and controlled for the participants. Assignments explaining goals and objectives will be available within the competition file.

During the 2016 competition, students are challenged to manage a hotel profitably, setting revenue management policies and bidding on group sales. Room pricing will involve various factors, such as minimum stays and special events.

Students who are currently using, or who have previously used the ProSim – Restaurant simulation may use their existing accounts to participate. Students who have not used our online simulation will be given the opportunity to create a new account free of charge.

Registration for this event will begin on Monday, October 24, 2016. The competition will begin on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time and it will end on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.


ELIGIBILITY: This competition is open to college-level students who are 1) students at schools that are ICHRIE institutional members or, 2) current Collegiate DECA members. Participation is for individuals only (no teams).

Please talk to your instructor or department head to see if your school is an institutional member of ICHRIE. Information about becoming an ICHRIE Institutional Member can be found at:

For information on Collegiate DECA membership, please see:

CODE OF CONDUCT: Participants agree to compete by the Rules of Competition listed on this page. Participants further agree that all work submitted is work done by the participant. Participants understand that any attempt to hack or cheat the simulation is grounds for removal from the competition and possible further actions. Participants agree to refer any questions on what may constitute a cheat to Knowledge Matters for a decision.

SCORES:In the event of a tie, the individual with the earliest file submission will rank higher, so it is important to get your files ranked early in the competition.


Due to the high volume of students participating in the event, all questions regarding the competition should be submitted via email. Please fill out this form and submit it to Knowledge Matters, Inc. Emails will be answered in the order in which they are received during Knowledge Matters, Inc. business hours which are Mon-Fri from 8:30AM-5:00PM Eastern Time.



Each participant is responsible for having read all the guidelines. ICHRIE, Collegiate DECA and Knowledge Matters, Inc. are not responsible for an entry that is late, lost, misdirected, or not received. Only entries that are received by Knowledge Matters, Inc. will be eligible for scoring and ranking. All technical issues should be directed to our support team as soon as possible for resolution. Because of the wide variation in computer systems, Knowledge Matters, Inc. assumes no responsibility for the performance of its online application on participants’ computers. It is the participants’ responsibility to check this page for late breaking news or updates.


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Student Participation Questions

ICHRIE: (804) 346-4800
DECA: (703) 860-5000

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