The Shanghai-based Zendai Group has opened one
of China’s largest in-house training institutes for hotel
professionals in a purpose-built facility close to the Himalayas
Center in Pudong, Shanghai. Zendai Hotels will open two Shanghai
hotels in 2010, the Zendai Hotel Yin and Zendai Art Hotel.
The new center offers an hospitality
curriculum which has a strong focus on art and culture, as well as
international standard training in hotel management and operations
- from housekeeping and front office, to F&B
and spa therapy. Students can also gain a deep understanding of Chinese
culture through courses in tea knowledge, martial arts, seasonal
nutrition and wellness, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM),
calligraphy, painting, Chinese opera, I Ching, floral arrangement
and Chinese music appreciation.
facilities within Zendai Hotel Institute include: a professional
demonstration kitchen and bar, language laboratory, computer lab,
six classrooms and an exercise studio. There is also a 260-bed
residence offering students free accommodation and meals.
Trainees are recruited from vocational schools
and universities across China based on strict selection criteria.
After between three and twelve months of “Zendai Himalayas style”
training, the best graduates will be offered full-time employment
at the Zendai Hotel Yin or Zendai Art Hotel.
Zendai Hotel Institute will also interact
with the local community by offering short vocational courses in
food preparation, housekeeping and Chinese culture for domestic
helpers, private cooks and butlers.
“We want to
lead by example in showing that Chinese owners should invest money
in human resources and training in order to make their operation
efficient and develop the industry here so that China will become
renowned for its culture of great Chinese hospitality,” said Mr.
Jean Pierre Dosse, Hotel Managing Director of Shanghai Zendai
Himalayas Real Estate Company Ltd. and Dean of the Zendai Hotel
Institute. “Our aim within the next five years is
to be the best-known hotel training ground in China and the
preferred employer in the hotel industry. We hope to expand
nationwide with our concept of ‘Modern Chinese Hospitality’, where
art, culture and hospitality combine.”
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