Dusit Thani to Open Teaching Hotel in Philippines


A Thai based hotel group is building a teaching hotel in the Philippines, which will offer students training in hotel and restaurant management along with practical work experience. Can it raise industry standards?


Artist’s conception of dusitD2 The Fort, Manila, a teaching hotel under construction in the Philippines.


Dusti International is building a teaching hotel in Manila, the capital of the Philippines.

The Dusit Hospitality Management College (DHMC) will be fully integrated with the 125-room dusitD2 The Fort, Manila. It is scheduled to open in 2017.

Dusit already has one hotel in the Philippines: the Dusit Thani Manila. Another hotel in Davao will open soon.

DHMC will offer degree programmes in hospitality certified by École Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), a hospitality training school in Switzerland, as well as professional advancement and culinary programmes in collaboration with the Institut Paul Bocuse, a hospitality and tourism school in France.

Practical Work Experience

Facilities will include practical kitchens, restaurants, and function rooms. Recreational facilities will include a swimming pool and fitness centre.

In addition to taking classes, students will gain work experience in various departments of the hotel.

Two tertiary institutions offer similar partnerships with hotels in Hong Kong.

The Hotel Icon offers a “learning environment” in which the students in the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at Hong Kong Polytechnic University gain work experience while pursuing and academic degree in hospitality and tourism

Located adjacent to the main campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in the New Territories, the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin, is a commercial hotel with teaching facilities in a building located next door.

The arrangement gives students at the university’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) a chance to learn from Hyatt executives in specially designed training rooms.

Students in the programme also run and manage a café, which is located in the teaching facilities.

Dusit Thani College

Thai-based hotel group Dusit International launched Dusit Thani College more than 40 years ago.

The college offers Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes as well as short public training courses and executive educational progrmames in various aspects of hotel and restaurant management.

There are campuses in Bangkok as well as the nearby beach resort of Pattaya.

Dusit International currently has nearly 30 hotels in China, Egypt, India, Kenya, the Maldives, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

Several more hotels are under constructions, including the group’s first properties in Bhutan, Singapore, and Vietnam.

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