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Press Release15 April 2016

Dusit launches innovative hospitality school with fully integrated hotel in Manila

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Leading Asian hospitality group Dusit International recently held a launch event in the Philippine capital for the Dusit Hospitality Management College (DHMC), an innovative concept in hospitality education. As a first of its kind in the region, the college is fully integrated with an upmarket hotel, the dusitD2 The Fort, Manila.

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Scheduled to open in 2017, the new college brings together some of the most trusted names in international hospitality and culinary education to offer students education and training in accordance to the highest international standards. Degree programmes will be certified by the world renowned École Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) whilst professional advancement and culinary programmes will be introduced in collaboration with the Institut Paul Bocuse.

Upon completion, the facilities at the DHMC and the dusitD2 The Fort Manila hotel will include world class hospitality education facilities, including practical kitchens, restaurants, function rooms, recreational facilities including a swimming pool and fitness center and 125 guest rooms. Students at DHMC will in addition to their studies gain work experience throughout the different areas of the hotel.

The launch event was held at the Dusit Thani Manila's newly renovated Mayuree ballroom and presided over by Dusit's Group CEO, Ms Suphajee Suthumpun. Nearly 200 of the industry's top executives and influencers attended the event, which included an address from the Secretary of the Department of Tourism of the Philippines, Mr Ramon Jimenez, Jr.

"The launch of the Dusit Hospitality Management College is significant as it affirms Dusit's commitment to continue developing quality educational programmes to support the growing needs of the industry throughout the region," said Ms Suthumpun. "We are very proud to partner with the École Hôtelière de Lausanne and with the Institut Paul Bocuse on this truly innovative project here in Manila."

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About Dusit International

Dusit International was founded in 1948 by Honorary Chairperson Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, whose first hotel was the Princess on Bangkok's New Road. Today the company is a leader in hotel management, franchising and education and comprises a unique international portfolio of distinctive hotels and resorts operating under four brands: Dusit Thani, dusitD2, Dusit Princess and Dusit Devarana. The company currently operates 29 properties worldwide and has over 50 confirmed projects in the pipeline in key destinations such as Australia, Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, and UAE. Dusit International also operates the signature Devarana Spa and has a fast-growing Education Division. The latter, established in 1993, comprises Dusit Thani College, which offers vocational and postgraduate hospitality degrees at campuses in Bangkok and Pattaya; Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School; and the recently opened Dusit Thani Hotel School, which is Thailand"s first hospitality school based on the ASEAN Common Competency Standards for Tourism Professionals. In 2018 Dusit will open the pioneering Dusit Hospitality Management College, a unique fully integrated hospitality school and hotel in Manila, Philippines. For more information, please visit www.dusit.com.

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