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Press Release15 March 2016

Dusit grows its collaboration with famed École Hôtelière de Lausanne

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Dusit International's Education Division is pleased to announce the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the famed Swiss hospitality training institution École Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL).

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This agreement is an extension of the collaboration between EHL and Dusit to bring more Dusit hospitality schools with EHL accreditation to the ASEAN region over the coming years. Since 2012, EHL has certified the International Hospitality and Resort Management programme at Dusit Thani College's Bangkok and Pattaya campuses. EHL and Dusit will also collaborate in different areas such as vocational education, e-Learning, blended learning pedagogy, faculty development and executive development programmes aimed at grooming future leaders of the Thai hospitality industry.

This most recent agreement affirms Dusit's vision to continue to pioneer hospitality education in the region, which began when the Dusit Thani College, Thailand's first hospitality school, was launched in 1993. Dusit's Education Division has grown since then to encompass all levels of training, from vocational diplomas at the recently inaugurated Dusit Thani Hotel School to graduate and postgraduate degrees at Dusit Thani College, to world-class culinary programmes at Le Cordon Bleu Dusit and partnerships with various leading institutions such as the Tsuji Culinary School of Japan.

The Dusit Education Division is currently working on several education projects in Oman, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Indonesia and China with a first-of-its-kind, fully integrated hotel and hotel management school launching soon in the Philippines.

About Dusit International

Dusit International has more than 65 years' experience in the hotel and hospitality field. Founded in 1949 by Honorary Chairperson Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, whose first hotel was the Princess on Bangkok's New Road, Dusit International has since acquired a unique portfolio of distinctive hotels, building upon Thai culture and tradition to create a personalized welcome for all guests made distinctive under the Dusit International brand promise; the delivery of an 'experience that enlivens the individual spirit, no matter the journey'.

Dusit International comprises four hotel brands: Dusit Thani, dusitD2, Dusit Princess and Dusit Devarana, as well as its own signature Devarana Spa. Complementary to its hotel business, the Dusit Education Division, established in 1993 with the opening of the Dusit Thani College, has since grown to encompass hospitality and culinary management programmes at all levels, from vocational to postgraduate degrees, in Thailand and the Philippines with further projects being developed throughout the ASEAN region. For more information, visit http://www.dusit-international.com/education-division.

About EHL Group

EHL Group is dedicated to helping talented students around the world build a successful and fulfilling hospitality career. Owned by a non-profit foundation, the E.H.L. (Holding) SA company manages the portfolio of specialized activities:

Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) is an ambassador for traditional Swiss hospitality since 1893 and is regularly recognized as the best hotel management school in the world, offering university-level studies to 2,289 students from close to 90 different countries. It has created and inspired a unique professional community of 25,000 hospitality managers, united by the values and the legacy of EHL. www.ehl.edu

Lausanne Hospitality Consulting (LHC)
is a Swiss knowledge development and management advisory company with global relevance. From its birth over 30 years ago, to its grown-up avatar as an independent company, the primary focus of LHC has been to source the best available subject experts to provide innovative solutions for its clients. LHC has developed hospitality education centres utilizing a structured approach which combines the experience of Lausanne and the philosophy of Swiss excellence. LHC is the agency appointed by the EHL Group and hotelleriesuisse, the Swiss Hotel Association, as their international representation.

The Swiss School of Tourism & Hospitality (SSTH), located in Passugg, trains and educates skilled personnel and managers in the hotel and tourism industry. In their cross-cultural project teams, the approx. 300 students from 25 countries, tackle industry-related problems and take part in important events such as the World Economic Forum in Davos. www.ssth.ch

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