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Tourism and hospitality courses

Posted on Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Poonam Jain gives an overview on the tourism sector in Singapore

Post-independence Singapore saw a tourism boom. This was in 1963. In the then newly independent nation, tourism was keenly looked upon as an employment generator. On the part of government this led to the formation of Singapore Tourist Promotion Board (STPB) – a conscious effort to boost the tourism and hospitality sector. Right through the economic recession in the 1980 and growing tourism from neighbouring countries, Singapore has always looked at innovation for the success of its tourism sector.
Singapore has offered, as what Chang and Yeoh both researchers call it – “local culture through global tourism.” They say, “The adoption of different policies and strategies aimed and promoting and championing tourism in Singapore has been subjected to socio-economic changes on the local and global front.” Locally the most evident change that happened in the academia due to all the growing tourism was the many courses offered in tourism and hospitality.
A brief overview of the institutes
A huge part of the population is employed in the tourism industry in Singapore. A career in the travel and tourism industry is considered to be lucrative and many students are taking a serious interest in pursuing a degree in this field. Some colleges that provide courses in tourism and hospitality are:   
  • The Tourism Management Institute of Singapore (TMIS): It was officially launched on 16 November 2000. Previously called the Centre for Tourism-related Studies (CTRS), it was established in 1987. Since its inception, TIMIS has trained more than 22,000 students. With a core of more than 60 full-time and part-time associate trainers, TMIS also caters for training in regional countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam, India and China etc.TMIS has a spectrum of courses that varies from one-day short courses to those at Certificate, Diploma and University Degree level. The courses ranged from skill-based to those that are academic in nature.  
  • Louis Preston Travel & Tourism Training Centre Marketing & International Development: Louis Preston having partnerships with international examination bodies offers courses on travel, tourism, hospitality and business with highly practical and unique Asian and world-wide perspective. Established in 1987 as Louis Preston Career Development Centre, now as Louis Preston Travel & Tourism Training center offers the IATA/UFTAA International Foundation and Consultant Diploma in Travel and Tourism based on a Career Path concept and designed to develop and maintain the highest level of professionalism in the industry. This IATA/UFTAA diplomas and certificates denote a qualification recognised under the terms of the IATA Resolutions applicable to IATA's accreditation of travel agents. Louis Preston is registered with Ministry of Education (MOE) and is an approved training Provider for National ITE Certificate (NITEC) in Accommodation Operations and in Food & Beverage Operations. Louis Preston’s educational pathway plan includes specialised courses such as Masters in Business Administration, Bachelor degree courses in Travel & Hospitality Management, Business & Management and other diplomas in partnership with Bradford University, University of London, etc. the institute also offers specialised diploma courses awarded Edexcel and BTEC. Louis Preston is located in the heart of the business district of Singapore offers good facilities such as internet, audiovisual rooms, libraries, restaurants for the students. The institute has its support centers located in India & Sri Lanka.  
  • Singapore Hotel & Tourism Education Centre (SHATEC): Established in 1983, SHATEC provides education in Culinary Arts, Food and Beverage, Hospitality and Tourism Management. In 2003, about 18,000 had graduated from this school. Their website claims that most of their programmes are designed to prepare the students for the many new career opportunities emerging within the industry. It is the training arm of the Singapore Hotel Association (SHA), - this allows experiential learning activities in tune with the industry, hands-on training and faculty members with valuable industry expertise. This hospitality training school commercially operates two food and beverage outlets and a 40-room boutique hotel in prime downtown Orchard Road area simulating their professional training to a realistic industry environment.      
  • Nanyang Institute of Management’s School of Tourism and Hospitality: Nanyang is an Approved Training Provider (ATP) of the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) & is authorized to conduct Certificate programmes in accommodation operations & food & beverage operations. The Institute offers Certificate in Hospitality Services, Certificate in Travel Services, Diploma in Tourism & Hospitality Management, Diploma in Hospitality Management (in collaboration with London Hotel School), Advanced Diploma in Tourism & Hospitality Management, Post Graduate Diploma in Tourism & Hospitality Management. Students gain industry experience through industrial attachment during their course of study (NITEC & Diploma programmes only).
The Tourism Management Institute of Singapore
8 Shenton Way B1-15
Temasek Tower 2
Singapore 068811
Tel.: 65-221 0236
Fax: +65-222-5365
Louis Preston Travel & Tourism Training Centre Marketing & International Development
1 Sophia Road
No. 03-40 Peace Centre
Singapore 228149
Tel.: 65-3342261
Fax: +65-3342260
Singapore Hotel & Tourism Education Center Administrations Office
Ms Sandra Distant
N°21 Bikit Batok Street 22
John Wesley Centre
Singapore 659589
Tel.: 65-415-3530
Fax: +65-415-3510

Nanyang Institute of Management’s School of Tourism and Hospitality
8 Shenton Way, No. 05-01,
Singapore 068811
Tel: (65) 6777 6996
Fax (65) 6324 0905
General Enquiry :


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