The ITHQ Earns Prestigious Hotel Schools of Distinction Membership

MONTRÉAL, March 18, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) has earned initial membership into the Hotel Schools of Distinction. Hotel Schools of Distinction (HSD) is a global alliance of premier hotel schools in partnership with hospitality industry leaders dedicated to creating high-quality talent by sharing knowledge and research.

HSD recognizes the need for specialized, management-ready candidates to fuel the global growth of the world's most prominent organizations and companies in the hospitality and tourism sector. The discerning hotel and tourism industry is seeking candidates that are flexible and prepared for work in a global market. For the most recent list of members and information visit, www.hotelschoolsofdistinction.com.

"It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn membership into the Hotel Schools of Distinction," said John Niser, president of Hotel Schools of Distinction, and chair of consumer and family sciences/ director of the Hospitality Management Program at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne (IPFW), a founding member of HSD. "Hospitality programs must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their faculty, and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students."

As an expert in its field for over 45 years now, the Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) is Canada's leading hotel management school specializing in tourism, hospitality, food service and sommelier training. All under one roof, it offers vocational (secondary level), technical (college level), advanced and university-level programs, as well as continuing education.

The ITHQ is especially proud of its Advanced Studies in International Hotel Management program. This unique bilingual (French-English) program is directed at students seeking senior management careers in the international hotel industry. It teaches essential hotel management concepts as well as the managerial skills required for leadership and interpersonal communications in multicultural work environments, creativity and innovation.

For her part, ITHQ Director General Lucille Daoust sees the affiliation with Hotel Schools of Distinction as a great source of motivation to create international-calibre programs and opportunities for internships abroad.

To learn more about the ITHQ visit, www.ithq.qc.ca.

SOURCE INSTITUT DE TOURISME ET D'HÔTELLERIE DU QUÉBEC

For further information: Françoise, Théberge, Communications Director, ITHQ, 514-282-5111, ext. 4062 or theberge-francoise@ithq.qc.ca