AHLEI Welcomes First Global Academic Partner School in Myanmar


Orlando, Florida, May 2018—The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) has signed a license agreement with American International School of Hospitality in Yangon, Myanmar, to offer AHLEI’s hospitality management courses and certificates. The school is AHLEI’s first Global Academic Partner (GAP) in Myanmar.

The school, which will offer individual courses as well as AHLEI’s 12-course Hospitality Management Diploma, expects to enroll 300 students by the end of 2018.

Thomas Siew, principal of the school, is a veteran hotelier with more than 44 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He has been a general manager of three- to five-star hotels as well as a hotel and training consultant. He noted that hospitality and tourism is a growing industry in Myanmar, as the country is opening its doors to foreign investments in the hospitality sector. However, there is a shortage of people with the skills and knowledge to fill the many positions that will become available.

“Being a very passionate hotelier, my person aim is to guide and groom the present generations of hoteliers to create the ‘WOW’ experience for customers,” said Siew. “Combining my 44 years of practical hospitality experience with the outstanding curriculums and syllabi from AHLEI, or school is committed to teach and train world-class professionals for the global hospitality industry.”

He added, “With well-equipped labs and dedicated and experienced lecturers, we aim to impart quality education and practical experiences that will empower our students to face every hospitality industry challenge.”

About the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI)

Established in 1953 as the nonprofit education and training arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), AHLEI’s mission is to be the preferred provider of quality resources to educate, develop, and certify hospitality educators, students, and professionals worldwide. AHLEI became part of the National Restaurant Association in 2017, connecting and leveraging the resources of two organizations that are deeply committed to a vision of career success and upward mobility for current and future hospitality, restaurant and foodservice employees.