Conference on partnership in Vietnam’s tourism human resources
The conference on “Partnership in Vietnam’s tourism human resources development” was the second annual conference held by the Vietnam Human Resources Development in Tourism Project at the Furama Resort, Danang.
It took place late last month and followed the conference on “Vietnam tourism human resources development and regional integration”, held in Hanoi during December 2005.
Among the 150 participants (international and local) were representatives from Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, the National Steering Committee for Tourism, representatives from ministries, the Delegation of the European Commission to Vietnam, the Secretariat and National Tourism Organisations of ASEAN, provincial tourism departments, representatives from hotel and travel enterprises and tourism training institutions.
By attending the conference, regional tourism representatives viewed the activities of Vietnam’s tourism human resources development at first hand, and Vietnam’s tourism administrators and experts gained further insights into regional practice.
After the introduction by Mr. Jozef W.M. van Doorn, the Co-Director of the Project, presenting the Project’s outputs to date, Mr. Jaap Funnekotter, Chairman of the conference, reviewed outcomes from last year’s conference. Conference 2006 followed the same format as last year’s edition in order to create continuity, so speakers from both public and private sectors presented their experience of partnership in tourism human resources development.
After the presentations, there was a panel discussion on the topic: “Has any synergy between the educational institutes and the hotel and tourism enterprises taken place in the last year?” along with some further discussion of best practices.
Attending the Gala Dinner, participants were introduced to a training DVD on housekeeping according to the Vietnam Tourism Occupational Skill standards (VTOS). This is one of 14 videos that will be developed by the Project as support for training. It is designed to be used in conjunction with the Project’s Trainer Development Programme training manuals, or for entry-level staff training within enterprises.
The second day of the conference was spent on a field trip to My Son and Hoi An, two of the World Cultural Heritage sites.
The “Vietnam Human Resources Development in Tourism Project”, funded by the EU, aims to improve the standard and quality of human resources in Vietnam’s tourism sector and to enable the Government and enterprises to sustain quality and quantity at the Project’s completion.
This is the result of co-operation between the European Commission and the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism with a total budget 12 million Euro, of which the EU and Vietnam contributed 10.8 million and 1.2 million respectively.
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