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                                         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:


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.

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.

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
Workplace Relations

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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Campus location
          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.

Campus facilities
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
    Self-serve bistro
    Formal dining room
    Café
    Bar
    Front Office, lobby and guest lounge
    Student recreation lounge including TV and games areas
    Soccer field, basketball/tennis court
    In-ground swimming pool
    Laundry facilities

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Students nationalities
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%

Nationality Mix:
Australia                                    27.5%
     -China/HK                               (13.7%)
     -Indonesia                              (10.8%)
     -Korea                                  (10.6%)
     -Vietnam                                (5.6%)
     -Singapore                              (0.6%)
     -Malaysia                               (1.6%)

India                                        13%
Europe/UK/USSR                               6.6%
Americas                                     0.6%

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Other                                         9.7%

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
 limited
      EUHOFA International – International Association of Hotel Schools
      International CHRIE
      Institute of Hospitality, formerly the Hotel and Catering Institute Management Association (HCIMA)
      Studylink
      THE–ICE : International Centre of Excellence for Tourism and Hospitality Excellence
      Tourism Training Australia
      Workplace Law.

Staff members and the management of Blue Mountains High School are members of the following organizations
and associations:

      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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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:
    Hospitality
    Hotel Management
    Tourism
    Events
    Consulting and Services
    Leisure and Recreation
    Clubs
    Spa and Fitness
    Golf Management / Facilities Management
    Sports Management
    Banking and Finance
    Education and training
    Government


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

May 2009

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