Lanith Luang Prabang (LLP) hosted an open house
on 28 February 2013 to introduce its new hospitality complex and
training centre to some 150 guests, including Laos ministry
officials, government department directors, local business owners,
and a large delegation from Luxembourg along with dignitaries from
several neighbouring countries.
Luxembourg Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Marc Franck
and Ministry of Planning and Investment Deputy Director General Houmphanh Soukprasith cut the ribbon to the Luxembourg
government-supported facility, which aims to advance service quality in Laos.
Lanith Chief Technical Advisor, Peter Semone, said, “This open house affords Lanith the opportunity to
present Luxembourg’s innovative approach to hospitality training
and education. Most important is to handover a fully operational, successful, sustainable social enterprise to Laos.”
Technical Advisor, Industry Training, Mike Loose, and Manager on
Duty/Lanith Core Team Member, Chounlachan “Nickie” Phengdy, guided
guests to LLP’s meeting room, Balcony Bar & Restaurant, and four
guestrooms, revenue from which will fund the sustainable operation
of LLP’s skills training centre and award-winning Passport to
Success programme, which is another source for funds.
Lanith provided EUR200,000 for LLP’s construction, while Hong Kong
Polytechnic University donated US$50,000 in kitchen equipment. Lanith Core Team Members oversee the operation of the hospitality
complex and training centre.
Mr Franck stressed that cooperation is essential for LLP’s expected success, and
noted that many in attendance appeared eager to not only support
this sustainable enterprise, but actively participate in its
Semone noted that the Ministry of Education and Sports’ (MoES) Ban
Khoy location, about 3.5 km from the city’s tourist hub at the Nam
Dong Bridge en-route to Kuang Si Waterfalls, is well situated to
attract business events, tour busses returning from the falls,
overnight guests seeking accommodation in a “real” Luang Prabang
neighbourhood, and cyclists looking for refreshments and great
river-and-mountain views just a 15-minute pedal from town.
He also outlined LLP’s pre-opening phase. During the low tourist
season from March to September, LLP will concentrate on its
extended Passport to Success “Go for Gold” skills training
programme for local hospitality staff, while also revving up its
banquet facilities. LLP’s amply-equipped meeting room can
accommodate 16 persons in a U-shaped configuration, 24 in a
classroom format, and 36 in a theatre set up. Organizers can
choose from a selection of set menus for coffee breaks and meals.
LLP’s four guestrooms are also ready for guests. Minimalistic
décor, snug beds, a naturally cool breeze or air-conditioning, and
sizeable balconies characterize all rooms, while each presents
distinct layouts and views, from the garden pond and soothing
sunrises to the scenic Nam Dong River and mountain sunsets.
LLP’s signature venue, the 60-seat Balcony Bar & Restaurant,
is set to fully open in October, though the outlet, decked out in
local wood furnishings and encircled by a wide terrace, can be
reserved now for special events. The menu will feature international and local cuisine backed by a well-stocked bar, and
LLP is in the midst of sealing a deal with a celebrity European
Mr Semone then led the party to the adjacent TVET
School, where the MoES dedicated five fully outfitted rooms: two
for Lanith Diploma theory classes and one each for hands-on
housekeeping, food preparation, and food service training.
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