BANGKOK, 28 January 2013: Pacific Asia Travel Association is setting up an academy to broaden knowledge about global trends for seasoned management of tourism-related firms.
“Because Bangkok is a centre for the region for travel and tourism, we decided to start a PATA academy here. It is a six-day course for rising stars, mid-to-senior managers who want to have an intense expansion of their knowledge about global trends, travel and tourism,” PATA CEO Martin Craigs said.
PATA hopes to attract about 30 registrations course on a quarterly basis. The launch date for the educational programme has not yet been set by Mr Craigs who said it was up to the executive boards which will convene 2 February to decide on a time-frame.
BANGKOK, 23 November 2012: Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University was recently appointed as an IATA Authorised Training Centre to provide international standard education to students from Thailand and neighbouring countries.
The courses will begin next year offering training in travel and tourism; aviation and cargo at three levels; elementary, intermediate and advance. Subjects will also be integrated into the college’s related bachelor degree courses.
The International College offers a bachelor degree English programme that covers airline business, tourism management, hotel and restuarant business and hospitality and tourism management.
VIENTIANE, 25 October 2012: Lao and international travel experts zeroed in on the challenges and solutions facing the country’s tourism sector at Lanith’s 8th Quarterly Symposium held in Vientiane in cooperation with the German Development Cooperation (GIZ).
Laos’ Vice Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Chaleun Warinthrasak, keynoted the event, stressing development and marketing quality products, services, and improved education for the work force to realise the sector’s full potential. “We are committed to working together with all stakeholders to achieve these goals.”
The Vice Minister stated Laos needed to generate more revenue per visitor, as the nation currently ranks last among Mekong Region countries, but has a reputation as an expensive destination.
PHNOM PENH, 3 October 2012: To compete in a regional setting, Cambodia’s tourism experts have called for more assistance from the Asian Development Bank to finance workforce training for tourism personnel ahead of the ASEAN Economic Community 2015.
The Government-Private Sector’s Tourism Working Group chairman, Ho Vandy, said representatives of various tourism related associations had asked the ADB for help in technical and vocation education and training.
“By 2015, all ASEAN countries will become a single community which will increase competition and human resources need to be upgraded,” he said.
BANGKOK, 5 September 2012: Dusit Thani College launched its International hospitality programme, Monday, in association with world leading Swiss hospitality school Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne.
Dusit International’s managing director and CEO, Chanin Donavanik, said that the new programme was not a carbon copy of the course offered in Switzerland, but a combination of Swiss and Thai hospitality values.
“We should never start trying to copy each other as we both have our strengths based on our values, traditions, history.
BANGKOK, 29 June 2012: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau signed a Memorandum of Understanding, late last week, on the Introduction to MICE industry-MICE 101 curriculum that ties in 28 higher education institutes nationwide to build skills in the events segment in the lead up to the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015.
The 28 universities are located country wide. They are:
VIENTIANE,LAOS, 15 June 2012: Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (Lanith) has launched a Curriculum Pilot Phase (CPP) covering 14 subjects with a study period of over 20-week.
The course came after the institute conducted a road show to recruit students for its first curriculum that gained 50 applications double what the courses can accommodate.
The 28-week educational course consists of two-hour daily classes from 0600 to 0800 over two weeks with each two-week period focusing on only one course until all 14 courses are completed in December.
BANGKOK, 26 April 2012: Dusit Thani College will open its new international Bachelor Programme in Resort and Hotel Development with partner, Ecole Hoteliere Lausanne, from Switzerland. The new programme will kick of this August and is designed to attract more oversea students to study in Thailand.
The cooperation between the two colleges was announced earlier this year. The educational programme will have its first intake for its English courses this August for both Thai and international students.
BANGKOK, 5 March 2012: Thai Hotels Association invites hoteliers to join workshops on how to write professional press releases at four venues across Thailand, 16 March to 5 April. The workshop will be conducted in Thai, but English documents will be available.
Endorsed by the Tourism Council of Thailand and THA, under their educational programmes, the workshop will be held in Bangkok, Pattaya and Chiang Mai.
Training will cover news and public interest fundamentals, writing effective press releases and intensive training on techniques. Read more
BANGKOK, 3 February 2012: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau join hands with Thai Incentive and Convention Exhibition and Thai Exhibition Association to build a MICE curriculum for students.
Identified as MICE 101 it will help prepare students for the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community 2015.
TCEB president, Akapol Sorasuchart, said MICE 101 will introduce students to corporate meetings, incentive activities, international conventions and international exhibitions and trade show management. Read more