This March/April CTH Director of Membership, Simon Cleaver, visited Vietnam for a landmark series of meetings with hospitality and tourism colleges and universities in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. His 8 day visit was undertaken in partnership with the British Council which provides CTH with Examinations Management support in the region.
The trip included visits to existing CTH Approved Teaching Centres in the region, such as CitySmart Hotel Management (CHM) of Hanoi who run a variety of CTH programmes in their course portfolio. CitySmart has rapidly established a strong name for itself within the rapidly developing Hanoi hospitality sector with its output of superbly trained staff for local hotels and restaurants. It boasts excellent facilities with professional kitchens, an in-house restaurant and a bakery. The Culinary department is headed up by an experienced ex-pat Chef backed by a strong local team. The college also boasts great facilities for its hotel training including a state of the art ‘5-star mock guest room’. A selection of photos of Citysmart and its facilities accompany this article.
The tourism industry is one of Vietnam’s fastest growing sectors, with huge demand for trained staff in hotels and resorts both in the main cities and along Vietnam’s beautiful coastline. During the visit Simon met with a number of leading Vietnam universities who are seeking to add an international dimension to their course provision and offer their students the credibility of internationally-recognised CTH certification.
Simon’s trip to Vietnam was made as part of a wider regional tour visiting CTH Centres in a variety of South East Asian countries, including Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Simon commented: “Singapore and Malaysia are well-established regions for CTH. Vietnam is different though in many ways. It is developing so fast and there is no question that the country will be a major player in the tourism and hospitality sector in years to come. How would I sum up my trip? ‘Exciting’! That’s the word that comes to mind!”
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