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Dusit International to Transform the Philippines into a Hospitality Education Destination for the APAC Region

April 8, 2016 Training No Comments Email Email

The Philippines has already established itself as a country with good-natured and hospitable citizens, and this reputation will be further solidified as Dusit International establishes Dusit Hospitality Management College (DHMC), a world-class hospitality management college dedicated to honing the next generation of world-class hoteliers and restaurateurs in the APAC region.

For DHMC, Dusit International is preparing a curriculum that will meet global standards by individually collaborating with Switzerland’s École hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) and France’s Institut Paul Bocuse (IPB), two industry legends.

“The Philippines is the perfect setting for this industry to prosper,” says Ron Hilvert, DHMC’s managing director. “Aside from the country’s sterling reputation in hospitality, the Philippines is enjoying a resurgence in tourism. A college of this magnitude will surely elevate Asian hospitality.”

Hilvert is a seasoned hotelier with with over 40 years of experience developing globally-competitive hospitality professionals. This leadership announcement comes at the heels of being conferred the Outstanding Award for Service to the Industry at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, the region’s leading forum that brings together the region’s most senior hotel investors, developers, operators and advisors. Today, Hilvert is known as one of the most influential hoteliers in the Middle East and the world.

“The Philippines is ready for a hospitality management college of an international caliber to meet the growing number of tourists in the Philippines and around the world,” Hilvert adds.

Dusit International will root the college’s curriculum in the brand’s iconic touches of artistry that Thailand is famous for. With 67 years of experience under its belt, Dusit International has expanded to a global network of 29 hotels and resorts from Manila to Maldives, all dedicated to delivering an experience that enlivens the individual spirit, no matter the journey. DHMC will be the brand’s first international college outside Thailand.

The undergraduate degree programmes offered by Dusit Hospitality Management College will be certified by Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne. Dusit and Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne will also offer executive education programmes to industry professionals and students alike. Through its qualification as the world’s first hospitality management school, EHL will train and certify the faculty to provide them with a global perspective in the industry through the lens of the Swiss hospitality tradition.

In turn, Institut Paul Bocuse will provide professional culinary courses, food and beverage courses, and professional advancement programmes. IPB’s contributions will be a reflection of IPB’s history of combining tradition and innovation in the art of French hospitality and cuisine.

All programmes and modules will be developed to adapt to the Philippine landscape, and will offer field immersion through its integration with dusitD2, a contemporary diffusion hotel line of Dusit International, where students will have the benefit of training at an international hotel. To date, DHMC is awaiting accreditation. The school will be located at the Mini Parkway in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

“Filipinos are known for their hospitality and hard work. We take these two cultural traits, enhance it through DHMC, and hopefully create hoteliers and restaurateurs ready to take on the industry,” concludes Hilvert. “The Philippines is already a hospitality destination. We hope to transform it into a center for hospitality education for the APAC region as well.”

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