As Formula one expands, Vietnam becomes a new tourist attraction!

MDIS offers industry aligned and skill-based learning programs for the thriving tourism and hospitality industry.

Global tourism has been predicted to grow and the world could see 1.8 billion tourists by 2030. Asia, in particular, is fast coming into its own where tourism growth and opportunities are concerned and countries such as China, India, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Korea, Taiwan are predicted to take a greater share of Asia-Pacific tourism. With travel and tourism in Asia set to increase on both the leisure and business fronts, there will be more travellers, flights, jobs, revenue, and consumer needs – all creating new and exciting opportunities for the industry.

Vietnam, being one of the fastest-growing economies in the world with incredibly exciting and emerging market was selected after China, Japan and Singapore to be Formula One’s (F1) fourth Grand Prix in Asia and famous drivers such as Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Charles Leclerc will be battling it out on the streets of the capital’s western suburbs in HANOI.

Vietnam’s gross domestic product (GDP) is per capita is $2,726 and while incomes are higher in the major cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, attending a Grand Prix is usually pricey, however Vietnamese officials see the race as an opportunity to boost both domestic and international tourism receipts and unique international visitors to Vietnam.

With F1, tourism will bloom and tourists are forecast to increase 30 percent and this industry is expected to account for 10 percent of GDP growth by 2020.  At least 1 trillion dong ($42.9 million) will be invested by the Vietnam Grand Prix Co. to host this event, Tri Thuc Tre news website reported, citing information from the Hanoi People’s Committee.  Hanoi now has 3,5000 tourist accommodation establishments with nearly 61,000 rooms, including 67 three to five star hotels (consisting of 10,000 rooms) and seven luxury tourist apartments (1,350 rooms).

With such substantial investment to host such international events, more jobs will be created and other bigger global events will also be encouraged to take place in Vietnam with enhanced infrastructure.  In these efforts to boost tourism, the demand for skilled tourism and hospitality professionals will also increase.

In supporting the growing demand for tourism and hospitality professionals, the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS)’s School of Tourism & Hospitality will be offering an industry aligned Professional Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Operations, along with its current hospitality courses from the levels of International Foundation Diploma to Master Degree with specialisations in hospitality, event management & tourism.  Partnering with the University of Sunderland, ranked top ten in UK for the subject: Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism by The Guardian University Guide 2020, the School of Tourism & Hospitality offers Degrees and Master Degrees in tourism and hospitality management to meet the increasing demand for human resources in the tourism and hospitality industries.  The degrees will be the same as that awarded to the full-time students at the University main campus in the UK.

The newly launched Professional Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Operations also adopts an industry aligned and skills based learning approach for people of all age groups keen to explore the thriving tourism and hospitality industry. The programme focuses on attaining foundational and operational knowledge of the tourism and hospitality trade besides emphasizing fundamental practical skills required to transfer and succeed in the workplace.

Students will develop a comprehensive application of the front end operations and back-end processes of the trade and essential soft skills such as verbal & non-verbal communication and necessary presentation skills.  Classrooms includes learners from diverse backgrounds and designed to be student-centric thereby enhancing social, analytical and creative skills. Practical training utilises hands-on discovery for essential areas such front office, customer service, housekeeping, restaurant, culinary and beverage preparation to stimulates learner’s psychomotor skills.  Students will graduate with current knowledge of the best industry practices enhancing their future employability.

Mr. Isaac Joshua, MDIS School of Tourism & Hospitality’s Head says: “This Professional Diploma is a holistic foundation programme that enables learners access to this limitless opportunities within the global tourism and hospitality industry, including Vietnam.  Students who seek to advance can continue to the International Foundation Diploma in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management, the Higher Diploma in Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management, the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in International Tourism and Hospitality Management eventually the Master of Science Tourism and Hospitality.  Having the necessary skills and competencies in tourism and hospitality management will provide students with exciting and important competitive advantages in an international workplace and give them enhanced career opportunities in tourism and hospitality”.

Vietnam is predicted to lead Asia-Pacific destinations in terms of average annual growth over the next five years, according to the recently-released Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2019-2023 report from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). In 2018, Vietnam welcomed a record 15.4 million foreign visitors, a 20 percent increase against 2017. The number of international tourist arrivals has surged three-fold from 5 million in 2010. It also catered to 80 million domestic travelers last year, generating VND620 trillion ($26.66 billion) in revenue.  It was ranked the world’s fourth fastest-growing travel destination in a 2018 UN World Tourism Organisation report for its impressive growth in international arrivals over recent years.

Vietnam plans to welcome up to 20 million foreign visitors by 2020, earning $35 billion in tourism revenues and contributing 10 per cent to the country’s GDP. Therefore, the skilled workforce will have a very high demand with the forecast of Vietnam’s tourism & hospitality industry.  This group of tourism & hospitality workforce needs not only the specialized knowledge of the industry in the Vietnamese market but also other practical knowledge and skills to serve the global tourism market.

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About MDIS

The MDIS School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH) prides itself on training today’s student, for tomorrow’s professional.  Partnering the University of Sunderland (UK), the MDIS tourism and hospitality school offers programme specialisations in tourism, hospitality, and events management delivered by an experienced and qualified teaching faculty in Singapore.

The University of Sunderland (UK) is ranked top ten in UK for the subject: Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism by The Guardian University Guide 2020.

A firm believer in grooming leading professionals of the future through practicum, MDIS invested in a hospitality training centre as part of the Tourism and Hospitality school in Singapore – Tropical Breeze to equip students with the professional knowledge and skills to work in the various industries. Occupying a floor area of 1,400 sqft in campus, Tropical Breeze offers tourism and hospitality school students in Singapore the opportunity to learn and practice front office, service, and hospitality operations with the latest Opera Fidelio Property Management System, well-equipped bar counter facilities, and a mock-up guest room. With a combination of knowledge as well as practical skills, tourism and hospitality school graduates in Singapore are well-prepared to handle the challenges of a fast-moving industry.

To compliment a strong academic foundation, students are also required to complete a 6-month internship at leading hotels, resorts, and attractions locally or overseas, as part of the tourism and hospitality school curriculum after completing their Higher Diploma, to gain a real-world understanding of the complexities and demands of the tourism and hospitality sector in Singapore and overseas.


About University of Sunderland

The University of Sunderland is a truly life-changing university.  They’ve been providing higher education in the city since 1901, and they’re proud to be an innovative, accessible and inspirational university. University of Sunderland has 20,000 students based in campuses on the North East coast, in London and Hong Kong and at its global partnerships with learning institutions in 15 countries. They are proud of their long-established commitment to widening participation, their world-leading research, public and private sector collaborations and their track-record for providing quality student experiences that result in graduates who are the tomorrow-makers of our societies and economies.  They were delighted to be ranked 16th (out of 131 universities) in the ‘University of the Year’ category of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, the only national awards voted for by students.


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