Thames College raises standards in hospitality and tourism industry with new intake

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Thames College of Further and Higher Education Ltd., in an innovative partnership with the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH) UK, the world’s leading specialist hospitality and tourism professional body, offers a truly unique, industry-focused learning pathway to provide the highest standard of qualifications in Hospitality Management and Tourism Management. The initiative aims to raise the profile of the hospitality and tourism industries and expose young people to the tremendous wealth of career options which exist, providing a range of education and experience opportunities. Some of Sri Lanka’s prominent hoteliers, as well as international hotel groups are working with Thames. Their contribution in offering industry knowledge is invaluable in bringing to life the industry’s potential for the students. By harnessing the expertise of the industry experts, Thames responds to the very real social, economic and business needs of the country. The institute plays an important part in inspiring and informing students of the opportunities by offering work placements and raising the bar in the industries, not only in Sri Lanka but also globally. Qualifications offered are Diploma in Hospitality/Tourism Management, Advanced Diploma in Hospitality/Tourism Management and Postgraduate Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management which are tailored to suit both junior and senior professionals in the hotel, travel and airline industries. These qualifications are accepted world-wide and endorsed by leading multinational companies such as Virgin Atlantic, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome, Gordon Ramsay etc.                                                                                                                                                       Thames CEO Sanju Dissanayake explained: “Hospitality and tourism are critical to the Sri Lankan economy. In some areas of the country, hospitality and tourism standards are excellent, but all too often we let ourselves down with our service delivery. If Sri Lanka wants to be a world-class tourism destination, we need to equip a new generation of young people with the right skills and a fresh approach. Through our academy, we will promote the attitude that service excellence is the only acceptable standard. Appropriately, we hope to provide students with the required skills and attitudes to meet employer needs.” Thames offers learning and development opportunities to its students, while at the same time giving them the benefit of a hands-on experience through the academy’s practical programmes. Since these vital industries are our shop window to the world, greater emphasis is required for the provision of a talented workforce, which will definitely help to promote our country to visitors. Thames will not only help pave the way to achieve this goal, but will offer its students a brighter future with global opportunities.