Orlando, Florida—The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) has signed a license agreement with American International School of Hospitality in Yangon, Myanmar, to offer AHLEI’s hospitality management courses and certificates. The school is AHLEI’s first Global Academic Partner (GAP) in Myanmar.
The school, which will offer individual courses as well as AHLEI’s 12-course Hospitality Management Diploma, expects to enroll 300 students by the end of 2018.
Thomas Siew, principal of the school, is a veteran hotelier with more than 44 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He has been a general manager of three- to five-star hotels as well as a hotel and training consultant. He noted that hospitality and tourism is a growing industry in Myanmar, as the country is opening its doors to foreign investments in the hospitality sector. However, there is a shortage of people with the skills and knowledge to fill the many positions that will become available.
“Being a very passionate hotelier, my personal aim is to guide and groom the present generations of hoteliers to create the ‘WOW’ experience for customers,” Siew says. “Combining my 44 years of practical hospitality experience with the outstanding curriculums and syllabi from AHLEI, or school is committed to teaching and training world-class professionals for the global hospitality industry.”
“With well-equipped labs and dedicated and experienced lecturers, we aim to impart quality education and practical experiences that will empower our students to face every hospitality industry challenge,” he adds.