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Inau­gu­ral home­s­tay train­ing pro­gramme to be held this Sat­ur­day at BRS in Padawan

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KUCHING: The Fac­ulty of Hospi­tal­ity and Tourism Man­age­ment ( FHTM) of UCSI Univer­sity Sarawak Cam­pus and the Malaysia Cen­tre for Tourism and Hospi­tal­ity Education ( MyCenTHE) Sarawak Re­gion will be host­ing the inau­gu­ral an­nual home­s­tay train­ing pro­gramme en­ti­tled ‘ Sarawak Next Par­adise Home­s­tay’.

To be held from 8am to 5pm on July 7at Taba Sait mul­ti­pur­pose hall at Ben­goh Re­setle­ment Scheme ( BRS) in Padawan here, these fac­ul­ties are col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Min­istry of Tourism and Cul­ture; Min­istry of Tourism, Arts, Cul­ture, Youth and Sports; Min­istry of In­fras­truc­ture Devel­op­ment and Trans­porta­tion; and Padawan Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil.

This cer­e­mony will be of­fi­ci­ated by Pun­cak Bor­neo MP Wil­lie Mon­gin.

“The pro­gramme is a part of FHTM’s cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity ini­tia­tive to con­trib­ute back to the com­mu­nity in Sarawak.

“With the aim to shape a bet­terqual­i­fied home­s­tay owner, this project will focus on four ar­eas namely home­s­tays, education, net­work­ing and schol­ar­ships,” UCSI Univer­sity Sarawak said in a state­ment made avail­able yes­ter­day.

The project is ex­pected to pro­vide var­i­ous knowl­ed­getrans­fer ac­tiv­i­ties to home­s­tay own­ers specif­i­cally in terms of soft and hard skills re­lat­ing to the home­s­tay in­dus­try.

By the end of the train­ing pro­gramme, home­s­tay own­ers will have en­hanced skills to con­duct a va­ri­ety of func­tions in their home­s­tays in a more pro­fes­sional man­ner.

In this project’s con­text, it is im­por­tant to note that ‘Home­s­tay’ is de­fined as the place where tourists stay with the host’s fam­ily and ex­pe­ri­ence the ev­ery­day way of life of the fam­ily in both a di­rect and in­di­rect man­ner, the state­ment said.

The Dean of the Fac­ulty of Hospi­tal­ity and Tourism Man­age­ment and Pres­i­dent of MyCenTHE, Min­istry of Education ( MoE) Prof Dr Kashif Hus­sain stated that the Sarawak Next Par­adise Home­s­tay Work­shop 2018 will boost tourism ac­tiv­i­ties in Sarawak as home­s­tays are one of the most pop­u­lar tourist ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions. Fur­ther­more, as­so­ci­ated nat­u­ral, cul­tural and her­itage tourism prod­ucts also pro­vide tremen­dous at­trac­tions.

With all the train­ing and sem­i­nars con­ducted by the ex­perts, he be­lieved that home­s­tay oper­a­tors and lo­cal vil­lagers will gain bet­ter insight into the home­s­tay in­dus­try and will be able to in­crease the quality of their home­s­tays, pro­vid­ing wel­com­ing hospi­tal­ity for their guests.

UCSI Univer­sity Sarawak Cam­pus chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Mukvin­der Sandhu said that Sarawak Next Par­adise Home­s­tay Work­shop 2018 will give tremen­dous benefits to the home­s­tay oper­a­tors and vil­lagers in the Padawan area as it will pro­vide knowl­edge re­gard­ing home­s­tays, hospi­tal­ity and tourism.

He added stu­dents from UCSI Univer­sity are also the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of this event as they will be given op­por­tu­ni­ties to man­age and op­er­ate an event which will also help them to learn and pre­pare them­selves for the fu­ture through hands- on ex­pe­ri­ence.

MyCenTHE Sarawak Re­gion clus­ter leader Bernard Stephen Jussem felt that by or­gan­is­ing the first Sarawak Next Par­adise Home­s­tay Work­shop 2018 in Padawan, with the sup­port of im­por­tant gov­ern­ment agencies, in­for­ma­tion and guide­lines for set­ting up home­s­tays will be ad­dressed.

“Op­ti­misti­cally we should be able to gen­er­ate more qual­i­fied and reg­is­tered home­s­tay own­ers in Sarawak, to be spe­cific in the Padawan area. One of the ob­jec­tives of this work­shop is to in­crease num­bers of stu­dent en­rol­ment in the hospi­tal­ity and tourism pro­grammes in Sarawak gen­er­ally.”

Among the ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing place are a sharing ses­sion by suc­cess­ful home­s­tay oper­a­tors in Padawan to vil­lagers and prospec­tive home­s­tay oper­a­tors along with four work­shops. The work­shops are on top­ics like fo­cus­ing on guide­lines for home­s­tay op­er­a­tions, ac­tiv­i­ties or tourist at­trac­tions, main­te­nance and fa­cil­i­ties and se­cu­rity and environmen­t.

Apart from the sharing ses­sion and work­shops, there will be a mini work­shop on mock­tail mak­ing, fruit flambé and nap­kin fold­ing – tar­get­ing sec­ondary school stu­dents from around Kuching.

Sarawak Next Par­adise Home­s­tay chair­per­son Sher­rymina Kichin strongly en­cour­aged all those who are in­vited to take the op­por­tu­nity to come and par­tic­i­pate in var­i­ous knowl­edge- trans­fer ac­tiv­i­ties pro­vided by the ex­perts as well as suc­cess­ful home­s­tay oper­a­tors.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on SNHP, con­tact Karen Kong on 0165529738 or email her at 1301748375@ stu­dent.uc­si­u­ni­ver­

UCSI Univer­sity Sarawak Cam­pus houses the Fac­ulty of Hospi­tal­ity and Tourism Man­age­ment (FHTM), the Fac­ulty of Busi­ness and In­for­ma­tion Science ( FOBIS) and the Cen­tre for Pre U Stud­ies (CPU).

FHTM of­fers three de­gree pro­grammes – BA ( Hons) in Com­merce, BA ( Hons) in Event and Tourism Man­age­ment, and BA ( Hons) in Hospi­tal­ity Man­age­ment.

Diploma pro­grammes are also avail­able in­clud­ing Diploma in Ho­tel Man­age­ment, Diploma in Culi­nary Arts and Diploma in Leisure Man­age­ment.

FOBIS of­fers Diploma in In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness, BCom ( Hons) in Accounting & Fi­nance, and BCom ( Hons) in Mar­ket­ing while CPU of­fers Foun­da­tion Stud­ies in both Arts and Science, which pro­vide an ex­cel­lent path­way to fur­ther­ing one’s stud­ies in Medicine and Health Sci­ences, Phar­macy, Ar­chi­tec­ture, En­gi­neer­ing, So­cial Sci­ences and Ap­plied Science.

For more in­for­ma­tion on events and cour­ses avail­able at UCSI Univer­sity Sarawak Cam­pus, call its of­fi­cial line on 082- 596965 or visit www.uc­si­u­ni­ver­ my.

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