The Dusit Thani group has reached a long history in the hospitality industry dating back to 1948 when Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui founded the first small Thai branded hotel in Thailand. Fast forward to 2016, the group now has 29 hotels across Asia, Middle East and Africa with more than 40 projects under development in 21 countries.
As they gear up for their soon-to-be-launched dusitD2 (a contemporary diffusion hotel line of Dusit International) in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, they’re also setting up the Dusit Hospitality Management College (DHMC), a world-class hospitality management institution set to elevate the Asian hospitality industry. In collaboration with Switzerland’s École hôtelière de Lausanne and France’s Institut Paul Bocuse, DHMC is ready to change the hospitality industry landscape. The partnership brings forth an institution with excellent education coming from École hôtelière de Lausanne’s years of experience as the first hospitality management school in the world, along with the Institut Paul Bocuse’s approach of combining tradition and innovation using the French art of cuisine and Dusit International’s world-class hospitality delivered with the iconic touches of Thailand’s artistry.
According to Khun Suphajee Suthumpun, group CEO of Dusit International, DHMC aims to uphold the vision of their founder since the opening of Dusit Thani College in 1993. The college was established not only to promote to the world the best of gracious Thai hospitality but to educate the youth so that they can have careers in the hospitality industry. “Like our hotel business, we aim to expand our hotel footprint to the world. We also intend to grow our education mission internationally as well,” says Suthumpun.
With the growth of Philippine tourism, the influx of tourists in the country will significantly affect not only our resources but quality in our business sectors in order to meet the demand of a huge number of visitors. Projects such as the opening of DHMC are highly supported by the government to help develop a culture of excellence. “The DHMC will provide a stimulus for our ascent to higher and more formal standards for hospitality management from two important sources – the pedigree and spirit of the highly regarded Dusit brand and second, a core of respected local and foreign faculty coming from the hotel industry and the academe,” says Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez in his speech during the launch of DHMC.
The school will be located at the Mini Parkway in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig and will be fully integrated in the soon-to-be-launched dusitD2 hotel so students will be able to train at the international hotel.
“Filipinos are known to be one of the most hospitable and talented people in the world and we want to bring them a school that meets global standards,” says Ron Hilvert, managing director of the college. “A collaboration of this magnitude can change the hospitality industry.”