[September 2019] Why Investing in Education is a Game Changer for Asian- Hospitality Sector

By Wayne Williams, Chief Finance Officer, Minor Hotels

Earlier this year, Minor Hotels in academic association with Les Roches Global Hospitality Education of Switzerland, announced the establishment of the Asian Institute of Hospitality Management with campuses in Bangkok and Chonburi. The hospitality institute is set to launch its first academic programme in fall of 2020.

With Minor Hotels rapid hospitality expansion both domestically and internationally, we noticed a space in the market to help bridge the gap between an ever-increasing demand for experienced hospitality leaders and limited supply.

Outsourcing hospitality management education to hotel schools overseas has long been the industry’s default mode. A bright young individual considering a career in the field would be hard pressed to find a higher education facility offering a comparable degree in the region.

We made a decision to open campuses in both Bangkok and Chonburi which will ensure that the Asian Institute of Hospitality Management will be well placed to help support not only the needs of Thailand’s fast-growing tourism industry, but also regional and global markets.

The bachelor’s degree which is modelled after the Swiss education system can be completed in seven semesters or 3.5 years, combining classroom studies and on-the-job training. Students who qualify will be offered opportunities for transfers and double degrees from Les Roches campuses in Bluche, Switzerland; Marbella, Spain and Shanghai, China.

Operating under the umbrella of Sommet Education, Les Roches is affiliated with Glion, another renowned hospitality institution, together offering one of the strongest curricula in the industry, including executive education courses for hotel industry professionals. Leveraging Les Roches’ know-how and Minor Hotels’ local resources and industry expertise, the institute is the ideal option for students looking for a high quality educational experience in Asia.

Minor Hotels recently appointed Tim Bulow (tbulow@minor.com) as Chief Operating Office of Minor Education, and he will be overseeing the successful launch of the Asian Institute of Hospitality Management.

Overall, we are confident that the institute has the potential to become a key player in hospitality education in SEA, setting the benchmark for those who will follow in its footsteps.

 Wayn Williams

Wayne Williams is currently Chief Finance Officer for the Minor Hotel Group. He has more than 15 years’ experience working in Thailand and has been with Minor International for the past 11 years. Prior to joining Minor, Wayne held a number of senior finance roles in hotels and hospitality businesses in Thailand, Australia and the Pacific.
Minor International (MINT) is a global company based in Bangkok and focuses on three primary businesses including restaurants, hotels and lifestyle brands. MINT is one of Asia’s largest restaurant companies with over 2,000 outlets and is also a hotel owner, operator and investor with a portfolio of 156 properties.
Operating in 23 countries, the company operates most notably under such brands as The Pizza Company, Swensen’s, Sizzler, Dairy Queen, Burger King, The Coffee Club, Ribs and Rumps, Anantara, AVANI, Tivoli and Oaks.
Wayne is a Commerce graduate from the University of Queensland and has been Australian CPA certified for 20 years. He is able to offer his strong financial background to the Chamber, along with his experience in growing a company with significant investments in both Thailand and Australia.
Wayne is the President of the Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce (AustCham Thailand).

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