MALI to strengthen hotel and tourism industry [Archives:2005/825/Business & Economy]

March 17 2005

The National Hotel and Tourism Institute (NAHOTI) and the Modern American Language Institute (MALI) signed an agreement last week in which MALI will provide intensive skills training for NAHOTI trainees.

The direct beneficiaries are the government of Yemen, represented by the Ministry of Technical Education and Vocational Training. NAHOTI's academic teaching staff will be the participants in the training programs.

MALI is Yemen's only institute that is certified as a University of Cambridge diploma center and is the only center to offer the internationally accredited travel and tourism diploma.

The MALI program is aimed at those who are interested in a career in travel and tourism and in one of many linked service industries. The qualification may also be used by those already working in travel and tourism who wish to have their skills and experience recognized and certificated.

The University of Cambridge, based in England, will give certificates to students who successfully complete the program.

The program is under the umbrella of the Strengthening Priority Areas of Vocational Training (SPAVT) project, funded by the European Commission (EC) and managed by the European consultants, German Education and Training GmbH (GET).

The European Commission (EC) supports the strengthening of the hotel and tourism sector in Yemen. It aims to build the institutional capacity of Yemen's vocational training system through further development of tourism and its importance to the economy.

The EC also focuses on strengthening the performance capacity by improving the trainers' qualifications through programs on six key occupations: front office, house keeping, food and beverage service, food production, tour guide and tour operator.