Monday, April 02, 2007

Tourism Sector generates 520,700 jobs in Three Years

BY THE year 2010 the tourism industry will offer 520,700 jobs to graduates – a significant increase from 451,000 in 2005, Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Donald Lim said.

“There is a demand for supervisors in the various areas in the hospitality and tourism sector,” he added at the launch of Nilai International College's BA (Hons) in Business and Hospitality Management Studies programme at the college campus in Putra Nilai recently.

Jointly offered by the college and its partner, Britain's Oxford Brookes University, the 3+0 LAN-approved programme can be completed at Nilai International.

Lim at the college’s Discovery Day. With him are the college’s chief executive officer, Datuk Gan Kong Hiok (right), its School of Business head, Alaz Goh (second from right), and actress Sheila Rusly, a guest judge for the culinary competition.
“Nilai International’s extensive hospitality facilities and proximity to a golf course with its potential of attracting international tourists, offer an ideal place to pursue a hospitality programme,” said Lim.

Lim added that the programme was in line with the Government’s objective of promoting higher value-added activities in the economic sector such as manufacturing, agriculture and services.

In the hospitality and tourism industry, he said, skills and knowledge must be accompanied by positive and progressive attitudes, values and ethics.

He said students should also take part in the various extra-curricular activities at the campus to build self-confidence.

The launch was held in conjunction with the college’s Discovery Day, which gave school leavers a broad view of academic pathways and career opportunities.

Among the activities were talks, demonstrations, international student performances, and an inter-secondary school culinary competition.

Source : STAR
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