The Top Global Hospitality and Tourism InstitutionsBy Asian Correspondent Mar 30, 2010 10:36PM UTC
Tourism and hospitality is one of the growth industries of the world with more and more jobs on offer. It’s one area of specialism that had defied the worldwide recession, especially in Asia, where consumer tastes have moved away from budget travel and firmly into the realms of quality and luxury.
Hospitality and tourism has traveled far past the stereotypes and social stigmas that used to be associated with traditional service industries. The status of positions has gone through the roof in recent years. Two decades ago only a few were interested in the culinary arts. Now bright young talent from all over the world is cueing up to become the next Michelin star chef and plenty of people want to be professionally associated with the high standards and excellence that the industry prides itself on.
The rise in popularity of mega leisure resorts, such as the Sentosa Harbour Front precinct in Singapore, has had a profound effect on the industry worldwide. These complexes have sucked up local talent to such an extent that a vacuum has been created behind them, into which the new graduates of tomorrow must step. The emerging middle classes of Asia and beyond are not only providing the demand for the hospitality and tourism industry, they’ll also be providing the graduates of tomorrow.
Meeting this rising demand in expertise are the training institutions, who not only have to provide expert tuition in their courses but must represent the diversity of the profession as well. Covering a wide range of occupations in different organizations, courses in hospitality and tourism offer the chance of a fascinating career with many opportunities to progress onto long-term employment.
The advantage of these courses is that they provide excellent vocational training in bespoke surroundings, meaning graduates are fully geared for the challenges of the professional world. Once qualified, graduates not only have a plethora of job opportunities waiting from them, they have a multitude of world-class destinations to choose from as well. If you are looking for a career in Hospitality and Management then the following institutes offer some of the best courses available.
The Cornell-Nanyang Institute aims to develop leaders, managers and entrepreneurs for the Asian hospitality and tourism industry. The institute is poised to become Asia’s premier source of hospitality education and research. Spread over three campuses centered around Singapore and combining beautiful surroundings, interesting culture and state of the art learning facilities, this a great school to study at.
The Hospitality Training Association Inc (HTA) has been serving the needs of the Hospitality industry for over twenty years. Based in Fortitude Valley, Queensland, Australia, The vision of Dick McGuire, a renowned hotelier in Queensland, was to provide a legacy for the future training of young people who worked within the hospitality industry. With this vision in mind, he successfully brought together key industry organisations and in 1982 formed The Hospitality Training Association Inc. (HTA).
Le Cordon Bleu is one of the world’s most prominent organisations dedicated to culinary, hospitality and tourism education. Le Cordon Bleu Australia educates over 2,000 students each year at its Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne schools in a wide range of culinary arts and hospitality management programs. Graduates from here are highly desired in their respective fields, and many go on to exciting careers in leading hotels, restaurants and resorts throughout Australia and the world.
SHATEC, the Singapore International Hotel and Tourism College is one of the most prominent institutions of Hotel and Tourism. Based in Singapore, the institute imparts knowledge and skills with the aim to develop and enhance creativity, enterprise and the attitude to excel in the students desiring to venture into the hospitality and tourism industry. Established in 1983, the college is one of the largest hospitality institutes in Asia and enrolls over 600 full-time students every year
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is a public, coeducational university located in the Las Vegas suburb of Paradise, Nevada, USA. Within the campus is the UNLV William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration. The college is consistently one of the highest ranked hotel and hospitality colleges in the US. The school is named after William F. Harrah, the founder of Harrah’s Entertainment. In 2006, UNLV opened its first international campus in Singapore, housed on the 10th and 11th floors of the National Library of Singapore, where more than 200 students are enrolled in the undergraduate and graduate programs.
William Angliss Institute is a dedicated training provider for the hospitality, tourism and foods industries, delivering a range of courses from four-year degrees, Australian Accredited Apprenticeships to short courses. Each year over 15,000 students including 1000 international students are trained at the main campus in Melbourne, Victoria. The Institute also delivers training direct to industry partners through offices interstate, four joint venture campuses in China and international consultancy projects around the world.