If ever there was a time to be in the hospitality industry, it’s now, at least for those working in the Asia Pacific region. In the first five months of 2012 alone, nearly 150 hotels were opened in the region, with more than 300 more slated to open before year’s end. Business is booming in this part of the world, and the landscape is ripe with opportunity for hungry hospitality students and professionals.

Le Cordon Bleu Australia

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Hospitality management degrees can be a keen boost to graduates who are looking for a high-level and well-paying position in the hotel and tourism industries. Top hotel brands compensate their employees well, and circulating in the upper echelons of the luxury tourism world can open doors to exciting opportunities in this burgeoning market.

For instance, hotel directors at internationally recognized hotel brand Hilton’s properties in Australia can make salaries between $86,000–94,000 Australian dollars (about $86,280–94,310 USD), according to salary reporting website Glass Door.

General managers at other Australian hotels earn about $77,000 Australian dollars a year, while bar managers earn just under $50,000, according to Payscale.com, also a salary reporting website.

Le Cordon Bleu Australia

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Prominent hotel chains such as the New World brand are opening new Asia properties each year, creating thousands of job openings for managers, consultants, designers and food and beverage professionals.

But hospitality degrees are not only for aspiring hotel managers. Would-be restaurateurs, savory and pastry chefs, food writers and all manner of gastronomic professionals will find exciting study opportunities at the top APAC hospitality schools. Not only will they learn about fine food and wine, they will also have the opportunity to learn about restaurant management, sales and customer relations.

The Asian market’s interest in fine foods, wines and quality pastries is evidenced by the number of trade shows and festivals scheduled to be held throughout Asia this year. More than 50 shows are scheduled for 2012 with several others already booked for 2013, everywhere from Australia to Cambodia to Hong Kong to Indonesia to Vietnam.

The wine and fine food markets in Asian cities such as Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong are rapidly developing. Wealthy Chinese have become increasingly interested in wine as a product for consumption, and as a status symbol, opening the door for wine vendors and sommeliers to make inroads in the market.

MDIS School of Tourism and Industry

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International graduates of APAC schools regularly go on to prominent positions at global properties, such as the Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton.

While the opportunities in the Asia Pacific region currently are limitless, graduates of APAC hospitality programs will be equipped to work anywhere in the world. International students will take with them world-class experience gleaned from industry insiders and experts, and will complete practical training in state-of-the-art classrooms and high-level work study and internship placements.

Many APAC hospitality programs also prepare their students to forge their own paths and start their own enterprises. Classes and discussions of entrepreneurial endeavors will help students lay the groundwork for starting their own innovative brands.

Les Roches

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Whether you intend to work your way up the hospitality food chain in the Asia Pacific or intend to parlay your experience into a career elsewhere in the world, the practical training opportunities found through an APAC hospitality school will prove invaluable. Read on to learn more about the finest hospitality schools in the Asia Pacific region.

LE CORDON BLEU, AUSTRALIA
The name Le Cordon Bleu has carried prestige and respect for more than 100 years, since its founding in France in 1895. Around the world, Le Cordon Bleu stands for excellence in the culinary arts and industry. Today, more than a century later, students in the Asia Pacific region have the unique opportunity to learn from Le Cordon Bleu experts by studying at Le Cordon Bleu Australia. With its international recognition, Le Cordon Bleu draws students from around the globe. More than 23,000 students enroll each year at the institution’s 40 schools in 20 countries. Read full profile…

BLUE MOUNTAINS INTERNATIONAL HOTEL MANAGEMENT SCHOOL, AUSTRALIA
Blue Mountains provides students with a world-class education available to both domestic and international students. The school offers Bachelor of Business and Master of Hotel Management degrees. Blue Mountains is committed to providing a supportive and fruitful environment, and invites prospective students to do a discovery program, a several day visit that allows them to experience life at the school and decide if it is a good fit. All of Blue Mountains courses are accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). The school is also certified by the World Trade Organization’s Department of Education and Knowledge Management.

Cornell-Nanyang Institute of Hospitality Management

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MDIS SCHOOL OF TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY, SINGAPORE
MDIS School of Tourism and Industry made a splash among hospitality players when it officially launched in 2007, and has been on top of industry standards, trends and practices ever since. MDIS maintains a hospitality training center known as Tropical Breeze, a place where students can establish and practice the necessary skills for securing a rewarding job beyond their time at MDIS. The school emphasizes life-long learning, responsibility and a standard of excellence when engaging with customers. Such a mindset will serve students well as they move up the ranks of the hospitality industry.

LES ROCHES JIN JIANG INTERNATIONAL HOTEL MANAGEMENT COLLEGE, CHINA
Students at Les Roches, a top hospitality school in China, enjoy the advantage of learning and developing professional skills in one of the largest markets in the world. According to the school, China alone has 72 million jobs in the hospitality and tourism sector, meaning that graduates will easily be able to make important contacts during their time at the school. Les Roches offers an undergraduate degree in international hotel management and a postgraduate diploma in corporate executive training. The college also provides corporate executive education to help companies develop their teams. Les Roches has strong partnerships in the hospitality market, including with the Four Seasons, Crowne Plaza and Fairmont hotel brands.

SHATEC INSTITUTES, SINGAPORE
Shatec Institutes was founded by the Singapore Hotel Association for the express purpose of developing a strong pool of tourism professionals. Those who study here receive a truly authentic learning experience and know they are being groomed for hospitality success. There are a range of study tracks here, including Higher Diploma and Diploma courses in Hospitality Management, a Certificate in Hospitality English, and Diplomas in Tourism Management, Culinary Skills, and a Diploma in Pastry & Baking. Shatec is an accredited educational institution, and aspires to train students to be skilled, engaged and creative members of the hospitality industry.

Shatec Institutes

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CORNELL-NANYANG INSTITUTE OF HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT, SINGAPORE
For students who seek a respected degree as well as essential hospitality training that will put them at the forefront of the field, the Cornell-Nanyang Institute of Hospitality Management offers the best of the hospitality education world. As an Ivy League institution, Cornell University is one of the most reputable universities in the United States and its Master of Management in Hospitality (Asia) degree will open doors for them throughout the region. Graduates of this program will find that they are well equipped to pursue careers in hospitality, real estate, and service industries. Cornell-Nanyang graduates receive degrees from both schools and the full range of networking and professional resources offered by both.