MANILA, Philippines – Think of it as a medical school, only this time, travelers are the ones attended to and future hoteliers are there to treat you for a worry-free vacation.
This is the future of the Dusit Hospitality Management College (DHMC), the first hotel-integrated school of its kind to open in the Philippines.
“We want to bring in unique values to the tourism industry here in the Philippines. I’ve seen that you have a lot of talents and Filipinos in particular are hospitable as well,” Khun Suphajee Suthumpun, group chief CEO of Dusit International said at the press briefing, on Thursday, March 31.
The school will be located at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, in a 26-storey building, with its first 10 floors occupied by DHMC. The next seven floors will house dusitD2, the hotel company’s contemporary brand, while the remaining floors would be for serviced apartments.
“Our objective is to have young Filipinos armed with practical exposure and skills at par with local and international standards,” DHMC Managing Director Ron Hilvert said.
DHMC is a collaborative brainchild of Dusit International,Switzerland’s Écolehôtelière de Lausanne – the first hospitality management school in the world— and Institut Paul Bocuse, a renowned French cuisine institution.
The Manila branch is the first international location of Dusit’s education arm, second to its homebase in Bangkok, Thailand.
Its flagship program is a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, lead by a faculty composed of local and international names that are “Lausanne-certified.”
“We’ll eventually add programs as the college grows, but we’re focusing first in opening. But in due course, we see at least having a thousand students,” Hilvert added.
The P1.5-billion ($32.67-million) investment of the Thai company is in partnership with local shareholders, who owns 60% of the school. Local shareholders include Vista Land;Regent Foods Inc.;Ubix Corporation;ACT (Allan C. Talangjangit) contractors; and former UnionBankPresident Victor B. Valdepeñas Jr.
The Dusit International group is also eyeing to expand its presence in the country, with three more locations set to open by 2017.
Two dusitD2 hotels will open in Davao and Lubi Island, Dumaguete, while a Dusit Princess Hotel and Resort will set shop in Cebu.
The hotel-and-resort company has been aggressive in its expansion plans, as it announced to open 40 hotels in 21 locations worldwide in the next five years.