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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      Beijing Hospitality Institute Becomes EI Global Academic Partner (GAP) School

      Orlando, Florida, May 2013—The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI) has signed a Global Academic Partner (GAP) agreement with Beijing Hospitality Institute (BHI) in China. The school was established in May 2008 after being approved by the Ministry of Education (MOE), China. Academically, BHI is supported by Beijing International Studies University and offers a four-year Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management, with the academic certification of Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL).

      “Along with the fast development of hotel businesses in China, the shortage of human resource supply, especially the shortage of high level managers, is turning into an even more serious issue. China’s hotel industry is still lacking a generation of professional managers who have rich theoretical and practical knowledge about rules and regulations of the global hotel industry. Looking into the hotel management practice, the hotel industry needs pragmatic talents who have a solid knowledge foundation with rich practical experience and enthusiasm,” said Dr. Li Botan, chairman of BHI. “We are aiming at building a distinctive, high standard hospitality management institute that is loved by students, and their parents as well as the industry.”

      BHI believes in lifelong learning for hoteliers and plans to offer EI courses of hospitality and business management to students, such as Sales & Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, and other hotel operations. At the same time, BHI Training & Consulting Center is promoting EI professional certificates to hoteliers in China to help Chinese hotels to cope with the challenges facing the industry.

      For information on becoming an Educational Institute Global Academic Partner (GAP) school, please contact EI’s international sales team at internationalsales@ahla.com, or +1.407.999.8100.

      About the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
      Established in 1953 as a nonprofit educational foundation of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Educational Institute’s mission is to continue being the preferred provider to the lodging industry, hospitality schools, and related hospitality industries by developing and providing quality resources to train, educate, and certify hospitality professionals worldwide.

      Elizabeth Johnson - ejohnson@ahla.com

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