Contact Ms Martina Lyons
person: Marketing & Sales Directorr
Address: 1 Chambers Road, LEURA NSW 2780
Contact Tel: +61 2 9431 7903 Fax: + 61 2 9437 0299
details: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I ABOUT BLUE MOUNTAINS INTERNATIONAL HOTEL MANAGEMENT SCHOOL
With a global reputation for the rigour and industry-relevance of its teaching and with over 3,000 graduates in
industry worldwide, Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School is a fully accredited provider
of tertiary education specialising in hotel and resort management education. Operating in a fully
residential campus, the School is located in the village of Leura in the spectacular Blue Mountains region, one of
Australia’s most popular tourism destinations, just west of Sydney.
Since its foundation Blue Mountains has adopted the famous Swiss hotel school model of teaching and learning
which balances and integrates theoretical knowledge, practical training and professional and personal
development. As well as taking university level classes and tutorials, students gain daily practical training and
learn discipline, teamwork and leadership skills as the staff of a fully operational, simulated hotel on the campus.
1991 Founding of the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School
1995 Co-founded the Pacific International Hotel Management School (PIHMS) in New Zealand.
1999 Deliver BA (International Hospitality & Tourism Management ) from Bournemouth University, UK.
2001 Joint-venture with the China Tourism Management Institute (CTMI) in Tianjin, China.
2001 Partner with University of New England for Bachelor of Commerce (Hospitality & Tourism Management).
2002 Tourism strand launched by Federal Minister for Tourism and Small Business, the Hon. Joe Hockey MP.
2002 Accredited by NSW Department of Education to deliver postgraduate programs - Graduate
Certificate and Graduate Diploma.
2003 Founding member of national peak body, the Association of Australian Hotel Schools.
2004 Joint-venture with Suzhou Tourism Schools (now Suzhou Tourism & Finance Institute), China.
2005 Partner with Academies Australasia to deliver English Language Preparation through Academy of
English (Blue Mountains).
2005 First private education provider in Australia recognised by the World Tourism Organisation (WTO).
2005 Accredited by NSW Higher Education Directorate to deliver our own higher education undergraduate
2006 State Member of Parliament for the Blue Mountains region officially opened major refurbishment and
extension of campus facilities on behalf of the NSW Premier.
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2006 Partnership with one of Australia’s top 8 universities, The University of Queensland to quality endorse
new Bachelor of Business programs.
III KEY PERSONNEL
Mr David Graves President
Mr Ingmar Berg Senior Vice President, Laureate Hospitality Asia
Mr Guy Bentley Chief Executive Officer/Principal
Ms Martina Lyons Marketing & Sales Director
Mr Brett Fisher Finance Director
Ms Jane Adams Campus Director
Mr Dominic Szambowksi Executive Dean
Ms Helen Batey International Dean
Mr Jim Hopwood Assistant Dean
Mr Val Cook Vice Principal, Alumni
Ms Janette Illingsworth Career Development Manager
Mr Julian Leatherdale Public Relations Manager
The Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School aims to be a global leader in hospitality and tourism
education. Its graduates will be leaders of the future demonstrating the core values of quality, integrity and
aspiration. We focus on Swiss hospitality and Australian education leading to global careers for our graduates.
V ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School is accredited by the Higher Education Directorate of the
NSW Department of Education and Training and the Federal Department of Education, Employment and
Intakes are in January, April, July and October.
Title Bachelor of Business (International Hotel and Resort Management)
Duration 2.5 years (equivalent in academic hours to a 3 year degree)
Structure: 10 terms: 6 academic (12 weeks each) and 4 practicum terms ( 2 x 20 weeks)
Industry practicum 2 x 20 week periods (paid full wages if the placement is in Australia)
Language The program is taught in English
Title Associate Degree of Business (International Hotel and Resort Management)
Duration 2 years
Structure: 8 terms: 4 academic (12 weeks each) and 4 practicum terms (2 x20 weeks)
Industry practicum 2 x 20 week periods (paid full wages if the placement is in Australia)
Language The program is taught in English
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Title Diploma of Business (International Hotel and Resort Management)
Duration 1 year
Structure: 4 terms: 2 academic (12 weeks each) and 2 practicum terms (1 x 20 weeks)
Industry practicum 1 x 20 week period (paid full wages if the placement is in Australia)
Language The program is taught in English.
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VI ABOUT THE CAMPUS
Leura and the Blue Mountains – The village of Leura is located in the Blue Mountains region, within
the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park. It is 2 hours by train and approx 1 hour and 30
minutes by car to the cosmopolitan city of Sydney, capital of New South Wales.
The Blue Mountains is a popular tourism destination, well-known for its stunning natural beauty and
range of outdoor and adventure tourism activities including bushwalking, climbing, abseiling, and
canyoning. It also has a reputation for modern luxury resorts, hotels and spas, grand, historic hotels and
guest houses, backpackers and cottages, fine-dining restaurants and cafes.
In March 2007, the neighbouring township of Katoomba and the Blue Mountains was awarded status as
a Slow City (Cittaslow), one of an international network of 100 cities worldwide recognised by the Italian
Cittaslow movement as a place where the living is easy and where people can still appreciate the slow,
wholesome passing of the seasons.
The campus is set on two hectares of landscaped gardens. Originally two adjacent hotel properties, the campus
has been extensively expanded and refurbished over the last few years.
129 twin-share and sinlge hotel style student rooms with private ensuites
Two computer labs including one iMac multimedia lab
Two lecture theatres, three lecture rooms and two seminar rooms
One demonstration lab
Two commercial kitchens
Library and academic resource centre (World Tourism Organisation Asia-Pacific Depository Library)
Campus wireless networked for use of laptops in class and students rooms
Formal dining room
Front Office, lobby and guest lounge
Student recreation lounge including TV and games areas
Soccer field, basketball/tennis court
In-ground swimming pool
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VII ABOUT STUDENTS AND FACULTY
Some 31 nationalities on the campus. It is our policy to keep a good mix and balance between the various
nationalities and continents without privileging one over the others.
Age range of students
From 17 up to 26 years old
There are 36 faculty members including full and part time equivalent lecturers and including supervisors and
trainers in practical operations areas such as Front Office and Food & Beverage. Faculty members all have
academic credentials and often extensive professional experience relevant to their teaching. Additionally they are
encouraged to be members of professional associations and required to update their professional knowledge and
participate in scholarly research.
Student to lecturer ratio
The student to lecturer ratio varies depending on the program, level of the program and method of instruction.
The overall ratio is around 16.2 students to each faculty member not taking into account the external consultants
and visiting professionals who enhance courses. This figure is based on students on campus and excludes those
doing their compulsory external industry practicum because specially appointed personnel monitor these
students. Class sizes vary between about 40 in level 1 to about 60 in level 3.
A few facts about our students (based on 2008 data)
Total student population
(all 2008) 585
Number of faculty members 36
Student:/faculty ratio 16.25:1
Student male / female ratio 301:284
Number of nationalities represented 31
Percentage of international students 72.5%
Percentage of Australian students 27.5%
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VIII ACCREDITATION AND AFFILIATION
Licenceship to operate
NSW Department of Education and Training
Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School is accredited by the NSW Higher Education Directorate
of the NSW Department of Education and Training and the Federal Department of Education, Employment and
Workplace Relations. In 2005 the School was audited by the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) and gained
WTO recognition for its courses. In the same year it gained accreditation for its courses from the Hotel and
Catering Institute Management Association (HCIMA), now known as the Insitute of Hospitality.
Recognition and membership
As well as enjoying worldwide recognition among international hospitality and tourism companies, Blue Mountains
International Hotel Management School is a member of the following associations:
AAHS – The Association of Australian Hotel Schools)
ACPET – Australian Council for Private Education & Training
AHA – Australian Hotels Association
APETIT – The Network of Asia-Pacific Education & Training Institutes in Tourism
Australian Business Limited
Blue Mountains Tourism Limited
CAUTHE - Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education
COPHE – Council of Private Higher Educations
EUHOFA International – International Association of Hotel Schools
Institute of Hospitality, formerly the Hotel and Catering Institute Management Association (HCIMA)
THE–ICE : International Centre of Excellence for Tourism and Hospitality Excellence
Tourism Training Australia
Staff members and the management of Blue Mountains High School are members of the following organizations
American Hotel and Lodging Association
Association of Event Management Educators
Australian Climbing Instructors Association (ACIA).
Australian Institute of Training and Development Academy of Management (AOM)
Australian New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society (ANZCIES)
Biznet - Chamber of Commerce, Greater Blue Mountains Region
Blue Mountains Tourism
Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE)
Faculty of Business at the University of Technology, Sydney in the Australian Centre for Olympic Studies
Hotel & Catering International Management Association (HCIMA)
International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (I–CHRIE)
International Leadership Association (ILA)
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IX CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
The Graduate Privileged Partners program is a competitive selection program that connects our highest-
achieving final year students with a select group of Industry Partners for management traineeships on graduation.
The program allows for a more in-depth relationship between employer and graduate than is usual in a normal job
interview process and provides assurance to both about commitment and quality. BMIHMS piloted this program in
2007 and it has proved highly successful and popular with graduates and industry. Our Industry Partners are
Accor, Hyatt, Four Seasons, Marriott, Starwood and Toga Hospitality.
Our placement office invites around 15 international hotel chains and companies each term to present
themselves and recruit our graduating students. A wide range of careers is open to them, namely in the fields of:
Consulting and Services
Leisure and Recreation
Spa and Fitness
Golf Management / Facilities Management
Banking and Finance
Education and training
X ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF BLUE MOUNTAINS HOTEL SCHOOL
Today, Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School has some 3,000 alumni on every continent. The
Alumni Association of Blue Mountains Hotel School is a non-profit organisation founded in 1993 to bring together
Alumni and maintain ongoing contacts. Today it represents an extensive network, and is an ideal tool to create
and further professional and personal relationships as well as encourage the exchange of information and ideas.
A Blue Mountains graduate is traditionally invited to be a guest speaker at graduation twice a year. A graduate
also holds a chair on the School’s Industry Advisory Board. Quarterly newsletters and monthly eblasts keep
alumni informed about the school and each other’s lives and careers. Regular Alumni reunions introduce new
graduates into the network and provide networking opportunities for older Alumni. The Alumni website offers a
Career Centre that allows industry to recruit Alumni directly and for the Alumni to recruit from their own ranks; it
is a valuable source of employment opportunities.
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Some alumni success stories:
General Manager, Rydges World Square, Sydney
General Resort Manager, Wrotham Park Station (Voyages) Queensland
GM, Shoal Bay Resort and Spa, Port Stephens, NSW
Owner-manager Restaurant Atelier, Sydney (one hat SMH Food Guide 2005, 2006, 2007)
Associate Director eCommerce, Marriott International – Australia
Revenue Manager, Toga Hospitality, Sydney
Director, Australian Yacht Crew (luxury super-yachts), Western Australia
Regional Manager, South Australia/Northern Territory, Accor
IT Manager, Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah International, Dubai
Directors, Islington Hotel, Priory Country Lodge and Nant Distillery, Tasmania
Director of Spa Operations (Global) Amanresorts
Hotel Manager, Four Seasons, Prague
General Manager, Crowne Plaza –La Concha, Key West, Florida USA
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