INSIDE Series : Visit of The T Hotel - 19 November 2014

19 Nov 2014 20:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Article by Michelle Char

I read quite a number of positive reviews of The T Hotel by its hotel guests on a web based travel forum a year or two ago. Strangely not too many people in the local community know about its existence. So I was quite curious about this training concept hotel which is part of HITDC.  (Hospitality Industry Training and Development Centre)

Therefore when the Swiss Chamber of Commerce organised the "Visit of The T Hotel" event, I signed up immediately.

I took the minibus from Central to Pokfulam Village and it did not take long to arrive there. It was 3 minutes of walk from where I alighted to the VTC Pokfulam Complex.

We were greeted warmly by the staff and management team in the lobby. An events officer then guided us in the HITDC tour which included the Hotel Housekeeping Training Centre, the International Culinary Institute, the Wine Tasting Laboratory, The T Hotel facilities, the Chinese Cuisine Training Institute and the Chinese Training Lounge and Restaurant.

Students are offered full-time and part-time Diploma, Advanced Certificate and Certificate courses with duration ranging from 9 weeks to 2 years. There are about 850 students annually not including the overseas exchange students for short term courses.

Another training complex nearby is now under construction and expected to be completed in 2017. This will be the ICI or International Culinary Institute offering more specialised fine cuisine training courses to the students.

Even though The T Hotel does not run any advertisement, there is a steady flow of hotel guests which provide students with on-the-job training and interaction with international hotel guests.

We then had set lunch in the Chinese training restaurant. The food was cooked by the students and  served by the trainees. It was overall a good effort.

It was an interesting event with a rare insight to a vocational training institute in Hong Kong and close encounters with the young student trainees.

Please note that the hotel and dining facilities are available exclusively to the hotel guests and TDS members (The English speaking Dining Society) and not to the general public.

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