MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL SIGNS MOU WITH SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT SCIENCE TO TRAIN NEXT GENERATION OF HOTELIERS IN THAILAND

New collaboration to offer internships and training opportunities for young people studying for a B.B.A​. in Hotel Management, initially at 20 Marriott International hotels in Bangkok

BANGKOK, THAILAND –Marriott International today, announced the signing of an important Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Silpakorn University Faculty of Management Science (SUMS) to provide practical experience, professional training and potential career opportunities to the next generation of hospitality graduates in Thailand.

Penned at a ceremony in Bangkok on 28 June 2022, this MoU will initially see 20 Marriott International hotels in Bangkok offer internships for promising students on the Bachelor of Business Administration​ in Hotel Management, provided by the Faculty of Management Science (SUMS).  This will open the door to a world of possibilities, with students potentially having the chance to join the Marriott family upon graduation.

Under the terms of the agreement, Marriott will enable students to gain international-standard training and hands-on experience at its hotels in the third and fourth years of their course. If a student spends 300 hours with Marriott in their third year (April-June) and 800 hours in their fourth year (June-November), they will receive course credits. With options to work in a range of departments, including front office, food & beverage, housekeeping and more, these internships will equip young people with the practical skills they need to enter the workplace with confidence. 

Being guided by Marriott will also give the students an important head- start in their professional lives. As the world’s largest hotel groups with more than 8,000 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 139 countries and territories worldwide, graduates have a global network of potential career paths ahead of them, made even more accessible by gaining practical experience with Marriott.

This arrangement will not only benefit the students, however; it will also have a positive impact on Thailand’s entire hospitality industry at a critical time. With almost 2.5 million new hotel rooms currently in the pipeline worldwide¹, it is vital that hotel groups attract young people to find their vocation in the industry. For Marriott, this partnership with SUIC has the potential to attract high quality graduates for many years to come. 

“We are delighted to sign this MoU with Silpakorn University Faculty of Management Science (SUMS). At Marriott International, our core value is to put people first and we are committed to nurturing young talent and helping local people to grow and advance with us. With Marriott, there is no barrier to progress. We have clear development paths and programs that enable graduates and entry-level team members to rise through the ranks and become senior executives. This is embedded in our company’s DNA and I am very happy to create opportunities for a new generation of Thai hospitality graduates. This will become hugely significant as we continue to grow our footprint here in Thailand and around the world,” said Andrew P. Newmark, Vice President Human Resources – Asia Pacific excluding Greater China, Marriott International. 

Marriott already has internship partnerships in Thailand, with approximately 40 students currently gaining work experience at its hotels in Bangkok. Under the latest MoU, students can transfer credits between their university course and Marriott’s own in-house training, and credits earned by the students while learning with Marriott could help them achieve an additional Associate Members’ Educational Qualification at SUIC. Marriott’s hotels will now become the first priority for SUIC’s internship selection process.

Following the initial launch of the partnership with 20 Marriott International hotels in Bangkok, the MoU could be expanded to properties in Pattaya, Rayong and Hua Hin in future.

To learn more about Marriott International, please visit www.marriott.com

Marriott properties initially participating in the MoU include:

  1. Aloft Bangkok – Sukhumvit 11
  2. Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
  3. Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok, Sukhumvit Thonglor
  4. Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse
  5. Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park
  6. Courtyard by Marriott Bangkok  
  7. JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok
  8. Le Méridien Bangkok
  9. Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa
  10. Mayfair, Bangkok – Marriott Executive Apartments
  11. Sathorn Vista, Bangkok – Marriott Executive Apartments
  12. Sukhumvit Park, Bangkok – Marriott Executive Apartments 
  13. Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel
  14. Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers
  15. Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok
  16. The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok
  17. The St. Regis Bangkok
  18. The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok
  19. W Bangkok
  20. Courtyard by Marriott Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

Reference:

¹ https://str.com/press-release/americas-and-asia-pacific-regions-show-increased-hotel-pipeline-activity