Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sabah needs more hotels

Kota Kinabalu: The Asian Tourism International (ATI) College maintained its steady growth as the main producer of hospitality and tourism workers in the State with a fresh batch of 450 students graduating at its 13th Convocation here, Friday.

In front of proud family members and friends, over 200 of the graduates who attended the ceremony, received their certificates from Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, Datuk Masidi Manjun who represented Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman at the Pacific Ballroom, 1Borneo.

They either obtained their Higher National Diploma, Diploma, Pre-Diploma, Certificate or Skills Certificate.

Having produced over 10,000 graduates who have gone on to assume various positions in the industry nationwide since its inception in 1996, the College is on course towards providing quality graduates for the industry after welcoming a new six-storey building as their learning premises.

Musa believes the additional space was necessary for the rapid expansion of the institution with the ever-increasing number of students each year.

"I have also been informed that ATI College is expanding its programmes with some focus given to the business faculty.

"While your core business should be maintained, expanding your academic programmes is a wise move especially when you are working towards becoming a University College in the very near future," he said, in his speech delivered by Masidi.

The Chief Minister was also pleased the college was working with other educational institutions to develop programmes for potential foreign and local students.

"I applaud this, as we want to be world-class, offering a world-class product, service and facilities," Musa said, before adding, "we can only do this if we develop world-class thinking, and to do this, we must develop the right skills and competence levels - this will in turn benefit the college and help develop tourism education locally."

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