Let us cel­e­brate to­gether

Hospitality News Middle East - - EDITOR'S VIEW -

The hos­pi­tal­ity fam­ily has a won­der­ful rea­son to cel­e­brate.

Saint Joseph Univer­sity (USJ), in as­so­ci­a­tion with In­sti­tute Paul Bo­cuse, has in­au­gu­rated not only one, but two mas­ter de­gree pro­grams rel­e­vant to the in­dus­try, namely: Hos­pi­tal­ity Man­age­ment - Lux­ury Lifestyle and Hos­pi­tal­ity Man­age­ment - Le­banese Gas­tron­omy Lifestyle.

On this mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion, it is worth not­ing that back in 1956, young men and women had lit­tle in­ter­est in hos­pi­tal­ity as a ca­reer.

The year 1960, how­ever, was to be a turn­ing point, af­ter which many in­ter­na­tional and re­gional ho­tel and restau­rant chains and sim­i­lar es­tab­lish­ments be­gan launch­ing their ac­tiv­i­ties and worked on im­prov­ing the qual­ity of their ser­vice and man­age­ment.

In the en­su­ing decades, ca­reers in hos­pi­tal­ity be­came in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar, at­tract­ing the new gen­er­a­tions in their droves, with hun­dreds of ho­tel schools, in­sti­tutes and uni­ver­si­ties es­tab­lished in Le­banon and across the Arab world from 1970 on­wards. Let us cel­e­brate and be proud of all these achieve­ments and ex­press our hope that this on­go­ing strat­egy will be adapted to re­flect fu­ture changes in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try.

To­day, we look to ho­tel uni­ver­si­ties to con­tinue fa­cil­i­tat­ing so­cial devel­op­ment by in­tro­duc­ing new cur­ric­ula cov­er­ing the train­ing skills re­quired by an ever-chang­ing hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try. This will help to en­sure that the in­dus­try re­tains its role as a mo­tor of the econ­omy.

Af­ter more than 60 years, al­low me to cel­e­brate my ca­reer, hav­ing trained, con­sulted and helped in the suc­cess of many of these events. I am con­fi­dent that all those I have worked with across the years will con­tinue to pro­mote hos­pi­tal­ity at all lev­els in­clud­ing my daugh­ters: Joumana, Randa and Zeina.

Nouhad Dam­mous

Edi­tor-in-chief Doc­teur Hon­oris Causa

Af­ter more than 60 years, al­low me to cel­e­brate my ca­reer, hav­ing trained, con­sulted and helped in the suc­cess of many of these events

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