19th Annual Congress of the World Association for Hospitality and Tourism Education and Training (AMFORHT): let's talk about growth and action!
As the new AMFORTH representative for South Korea, it is my pleasure to share the following news with you.
The 19th Annual Congress of the World Association for Hospitality and Tourism Education and Training took place in Palme de Mallorca, Spain, on Oct. 8 to 11, 2015, with the effective presence of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Currently in phase of strong growth, AMFORHT presented a dense action plan to its Members. Created 46 years ago at the initiative of the UNWTO, the AMFORHT now gathers more than 800 Members, sympathizers and partners from 57 countries, with a common purpose: to work together for the evolution of Training and the professional blooming of people who «shape» the Tourism worldwide.
This event included 5 conferences and workshops under the theme of innovation, 2 speed-networking sessions between members, 3 board meetings, 1 General Assembly, and 1 official ceremony for the new AMFORHT Awards. The AMFORHT General Assembly (Non Governmental Organization) was an opportunity to welcome new representatives from 7 countries - Costa Rica, El Salvador, Germany, Madagascar, Mexico, South Korea, and UK -introduced by Michel MOUISEL, First Vice-President in charge of the development.
This Forum was also an occasion for AMFORTH's President, French Philippe FRANCOIS, to encourage the Members « to take initiative to help countries at war, where hotel schools are closed, and to support the numerous refugees, and particularly professionals of the hotel, catering and tourism industry and those involved in tourism training ». Major projects were discussed such as standardization of tourism and hospitality training courses throughout the world, as well as mobility through the Erasmus+ device.
n a both studious and friendly atmosphere, each Member has been able to bring his/her contribution and ideas towards the qualitative and quantitative development of human resources and hospitality training and education.
The next AMFORHT Annual Forum will be held early December 2016 in Puebla, Mexico.
AMFORHT is the only international organization gathering the 3 main groups of stakeholders in tourisme education and training :
1) Catering-schools, business-schools and universities offering programs in tourism, (both public et private),
2) Hotel and tourism businesses, international groups and experts, directors, tourism office managers, head chefs, etc.
3) Associations, trade unions, national or international administrations of the tourist industry.