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 Internationalestablishes 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.
“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.
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.
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.
In turn, Institut Paul Bocuse will provide professional culinary courses, food and beverage courses, and professional advancement programs.
All programmes and modules will be developed to adapt to the Philippine landscape, and will offer field immersion through its integration with dusitD2.
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.
“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.”