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Dutch Hospitality School Expanding in Iran

Dutch Hospitality School Expanding in IranDutch Hospitality School Expanding in Iran

The Netherlands top hospitality management school will open a branch in Iran in the near future, travel news website Donyay-e-Safar reported.

Quoting Ali Rahimpour, a member of the Iranian Hoteliers’ Association, the website reports that Hotelschool The Hague — known by its Dutch name Hotelschool Den Haag — is expected to establish its third international branch in Iran.

Listed as a vocational university, Hotelschool The Hague will set up its school in cooperation with the Tehran-based Homa Hotel Group.

The vocational center will be the 3rd branch of its kind, which in 2006, was described as one of the best three international centers of hotel management by “Caterer & Hotel Keeper”.

In 2013, the school was ranked among the top five hospitality schools worldwide that prepare students for international career in hospitality management. The survey was conducted by TNS Global.

A lack of enough skilled human resources has been called by many in the hospitality industry as the sector’s Achilles heel in Iran, as evidenced by the attitude and work ethics (or lack thereof) of many hotel employees.

Domestic travelers often opt to stay in vacation rentals, or even makeshift tents, rather than in comfy hotels that are accused of overcharging and failing to provide services in accordance with their star rating.

“That’s the main reason why the industry has been unable to grow over the past 30 years,” Rahimpour said, adding that skilled workers in the sector are a key to growth.