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PIHMS Welcomes Asian Hoteliers and Students

Late in 2010 the Pacific International Hotel Management School �hosted two groups from Asia. The first was a group of hoteliers from Vietnam and the second a group of tertiary students from Taiwan.�

Nineteen Vietnamese hoteliers from 4 and 5 star hotels in Hanoi visited PIHMS to undertake professional development on how to operate within a Westernised organisastion in their own country. As more international hotel chains open properties in Vietnam, local staff are being required to adapt to Western style management systems.�

The hoteliers visiting PIHMS were mainly deputy general managers and division heads in hotels such as Intercontinental, Sofitel and Mercure. Their five-day programme of study at PIHMS included seminars on event management, finance management in the hotel environment, business communication, human resource management, and improved management skills in the hotel environment.�

The programme at PIHMS was organised by the Hanoi Travel and Tourism Corporation, which is a government body. PIHMS has now signed an MOU to develop this relationship over next five years so the school expects to host more groups like this along with others made up of middle level management and also front line staff.�

PIHMS attracts a number of Vietnamese students each year to its Diploma in Hotel Management and several students have completed six-month industry placements in hotels in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.�

Meanwhile, the group visiting the school from Taiwan was made up of 15 food and beverage and travel and tourism students and a teacher from the Technology and Science Institute of Northern Taiwan in Taipei. The students undertook an intensive one-week course in English language and barista skills. They also had the opportunity to go sightseeing in Taranaki, Waitomo Caves and Auckland.�

PIHMS hopes that some of these students may choose to return to the school in the future to undertake the diploma, degree or postgraduate programmes.

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