The Lao National Institute of Tourism and
Hospitality - Lanith - has won the World Travel & Tourism
Council’s (WTTC) Tourism for Tomorrow’s People Award 2014.
Lanith topped a field of international entrants,
including co-finalists SA College for Tourism - Tracker Academy,
South Africa and Central College Nottingham/The Institute of
Travel & Tourism of The Gambia (ITTOG), to win the award
recognising sustainable tourism best practices in worldwide
businesses and destinations.
“This award shows that Laos is on a solid,
sustainable path towards building a strong travel and tourism
industry through people, who deliver an international level of
service quality,” said Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES)
Director General Mr. Nouphan Outsa, who thanked Luxembourg
Development for funding the establishment of Lanith.
Lanith underwent a rigorous vetting process carried out by a panel
of some 20 independent expert judges from around the world, and
included an independent Lanith site evaluation.
Lanith demonstrated a broad commitment to the “Tourism for
Tomorrow” principles in its programmes. Lanith showed how the
curricula for its Passport to Success skills training regimen and
two-year Lanith Diploma education coursework are largely based on
industry needs, as seen in the project’s initial research, with
interviews of hoteliers and tour operators, through implementing
the two capacity-building streams.
Lanith showed how its
Passport to Success menu of two-to-four day training modules,
delivered in an awards-based format, and intensive Go for Gold
course, effectively address industry needs, as seen through the
participation of more than 1,000 hospitality business staff
seeking a path to progress.
Likewise, Lanith Diploma
coursework encompasses a substantial amount of hands-on training
alongside lectures, with internships at Lao businesses playing a
significant role in the education of career-minded students.
Lanith promotes the benefits of a career in travel and tourism
through a variety of channels including its popular Facebook page,
participation at job fairs, visits to secondary schools,
scholarships, and through the media. The core teaching team receives an education abroad and is empowered to implement Lanith’s programmes.
Lanith also stands as a leader in
Laos’ tourism industry by promoting best practices and
communication among all stakeholders. UNIDO has established Lanith
as the operating body for the Luang Prabang Safe and Green Tourism
Scheme for best practices, and Lanith volunteered to take the lead
role in certifying businesses which meet the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s global guidelines.
Symposia invite international experts to address Laos’ travel
issues and engage a local audience of hoteliers, restaurant
owners, tour operators, NGOs, donors, and public-sector officials.
prestigious WTTC award reflects Lanith’s core team’s determination
and effort in transforming Laos into a first-class destination
capable of performing on the global stage,” said Lanith Chief
Technical Advisor Peter Semone.
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