The Philippines has already established itself as a country of capable and hospitable professionals in the hospitality sector. This reputation is further solidified as Dusit International establishes the Dusit Hospitality Management College (DHMC), a worldclass hospitality management college dedicated to honing the next generation of world-class hoteliers and restaurateurs in the APAC region.
Present at the event were From L-R: Guglielmo Brentel, President of the École hôtelière de Lausanne Group, Chanin Donavanik, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Dusit International, Suphajee Suthumpun, Group CEO of Dusit International, Evelyn Singson, President and Vice Chairman of the Philippine Hoteliers Inc., Hervé Fleury, Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of Institut Paul Bocuse, and Ron Hilvert, Managing Director of Dusit Hospitality Management College and dusitD2 at the Fort, Manila.
For DHMC, Dusit International is preparing a curriculum that will meet global standards by individually collaborating with Switzerland’s École hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) and France’s Institut Paul Bocuse (IPB), two industry legends.
Dusit International Group CEO Suphajee Suthumpun flew in from Thailand to celebrate to celebrate this momentous occasion in the hospitality industry. “As we aim to expand our footprint in the world, we also aim to grow education. The DHMC in the Philippines will be a unique project and the first of its kind,” she said. She also thanked their two individual collaborators, the industry legends École hôtelière de Lausanne and Institut Paul Bocuse.“To go fast you can do things on your own, but to go far, you need good partners.”
“The Philippines is the perfect setting for this industry to prosper,” says Ron Hilvert, DHMC Managing Director. “Aside from the country’s sterling reputation in hospitality, the Philippines is enjoying a resurgence in tourism. A college of this magnitude will surely elevate Asian hospitality. Hilvert is a seasoned hotelier with with over 40 years of experience developing globally competitive hospitality professionals. This leadership announcement comes at the heels of being conferred the Outstanding Award for Service to the Industry at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, the region’s leading forum that brings together the region’s most senior hotel investors, developers, operators and advisors. Today, Hilvert is known as one of the most influential hoteliers in the Middle East and the world. “The Philippines is ready for a hospitality management college of an international caliber to meet the growing number of tourists in the Philippines and around the world,” Hilvert adds.
Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr. of the Department of Tourism delivered the welcome remarks. His inspired speech included enthusiastic regard for the project, saying, “DHMC will provide a stimulus for us to set a higher standard level for hospitality. Excellence and good performance is possible only in atmosphere of positive reinforcement. A highly motivated workforce is the key to success. Only light can cast away darkness; only happiness projects through hospitality.”
Dusit International will root the college’s curriculum in the brand’s iconic touches of artistry that Thailand is famous for. With 67 years of experience under its belt, Dusit International has expanded to a global network of 29 hotels and resorts from Manila to Maldives, all dedicated to delivering an experience that enlivens the individual spirit, no matter the journey.
Dusit Thani College offers a range of hospitality and culinary tracks in Thailand. Photo from Dusit Thani College website
DHMC will be the brand’s first international college outside Thailand.
The undergraduate degree programmes offered by Dusit Hospitality Management College will be certified by Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne.
Dusit and Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne will also offer executive education programmes to industry professionals and students alike. Photo from EHL website.
Through its qualification as the world’s first hospitality management school, EHL will train and certify the faculty to provide them with a global perspective in the industry through the lens of the Swiss hospitality tradition.
Guglielmo Brentel, President, École hôtelière de Lausanne expressed his faith in the project by declaring, “I have no doubt this college will be a resounding success.” He further asserted, “I’m certain this will prepare excellent hoteliers in the Philippines and in the world.”
In turn, Institut Paul Bocuse will provide professional culinary courses, food and beverage courses, and professional advancement programs.
IPB’s contributions will be a reflection of IPB’s history of combining tradition and innovation in the art of French hospitality and cuisine.
“Tradition is in constant movement, it evolves. We must breathe life into it for our era.” – Jean Cocteau Text and photo from Institut Paul Bocuse e-brochure
Hervé Fleury, the Executive Vice Chairman of the board, Institut Paul Bocuse shared that his institution was honored and proud to have been selected to be one of the contributors of this unique program. “Our enthusiasm will come from the richness in experience of this partnership. This mixing of cultures will no doubt add impact to the beliefs of the young people. Our mission is to educate our students and exceed the expectations of their colleagues.”
All programmes and modules will be developed to adapt to the Philippine landscape, and will offer field immersion through its integration with dusitD2.
Dusitd2 is a contemporary diffusion hotel line of Dusit International, where students will have the benefit of training at an international hotel. Photo of Dusitd2 Phuket from Dusitd2 website.
To date, DHMC is awaiting accreditation from the Commission on Higher Education. The school will be located at the Mini Parkway in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.
Ron Hilvert, an icon in the hospitality industry, and the appointed Managing Director for DHMC and dusitD2 the Fort Manila, spoke of his more than 50 returns to the Philippines and his delight with working with thousands of Filipinos throughout his 40 year career. “We will be highly driven and ambitious without any quality compromise. The success of our students and graduates can only be the major mission we must have, and I can ensure you we will deliver with much passion”, he proudly declared.
“Filipinos are known for their hospitality and hard work. We take these two cultural traits, enhance it through DHMC, and hopefully create hoteliers and restaurateurs ready to take on the industry,” concludes Hilvert. “The Philippines is already a hospitality destination. We hope to transform it into a center for hospitality education for the APAC region as well.”