• Thao Luong
    Vice-Rector
    Saigontourist Hospitality College (STHC)

    Thao  Luong  is   an   outstanding   young   female   leader   in the Vietnamese tourism and hospitality industry. Starting as a management trainee for big multinational companies over 10 years ago, Thao experienced different positions before serving as the Training Manager for Saigontourist Holding Company– one of Vietnam’s largest tourism corporations between 2012 and 2015. As Training Manager, Thao was in charge of devising and implementing strategies to ensure professional development for over 15,000 employees within the company’s 100+ hotels, resorts, restaurants, and travel agencies across Vietnam. Her nomination as the Vice-Rector of the Saigontourist Hospitality College (STHC) in 2016 was the result of her first-hand experience in the corporate sector, and her work as an educator with major colleges and universities offering tourism and hospitality programs in Southern Vietnam.

    Building on the achievements of her predecessors, for the past two years Thao has contributed significantly to the development of STHC into a unique training model for the Vietnamese tourism industry. The college now owns and operates a four-star hotel, and six restaurants as part of its training facilities. Current enrolment stands at over 5,000 students on an annual basis. The school has a very strong applied orientation, and is Vietnam’s number one institution in terms of industry linkages. Under Thao’s leadership, STHC is not only seen as a trusted training service provider for young students, but also for seasoned professionals in the tourism industry to receive professional development. This is a feature that sets STHC apart from other tourism institutions in Vietnam, and gives them an edge in terms of networking with industry leaders.

    Thao’s extensive experience in the tourism industry, her strong networks, and current position allow her to have an impact both at the grassroots, operations, and policy-making levels. Passionate about sustainable and responsible tourism, Thao is currently spearheading the process of building sustainability into the school’s new curriculum as a direct response to emerging requirements from major international and domestic partners, also as a strategy to maintain STHC’s flagship position in the industry.

    Thao holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration with Honors and Master in Human Resources Management with First Class honor in which she obtained respectively through Griffith University in Australia. Thao is also a Certified Hospitality Trainer (CHT) and Educator (CHE) from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging Association (EI), USA. Currently as a certified Corporate Trainer/ Facilitator for the Saigontourist Holding Company and the American Hotel Lodging Education Institute (EI), she is conducting a large number of respective diploma and specialized certification/training programs not only for Saigontourist but also for large hotels, resorts and reputable educational institutions in Vietnam.

Thao Luong
Vice-Rector
Saigontourist Hospitality College (STHC)

Thao  Luong  is   an   outstanding   young   female   leader   in the Vietnamese tourism and hospitality industry. Starting as a management trainee for big multinational companies over 10 years ago, Thao experienced different positions before serving as the Training Manager for Saigontourist Holding Company– one of Vietnam’s largest tourism corporations between 2012 and 2015. As Training Manager, Thao was in charge of devising and implementing strategies to ensure professional development for over 15,000 employees within the company’s 100+ hotels, resorts, restaurants, and travel agencies across Vietnam. Her nomination as the Vice-Rector of the Saigontourist Hospitality College (STHC) in 2016 was the result of her first-hand experience in the corporate sector, and her work as an educator with major colleges and universities offering tourism and hospitality programs in Southern Vietnam.

Building on the achievements of her predecessors, for the past two years Thao has contributed significantly to the development of STHC into a unique training model for the Vietnamese tourism industry. The college now owns and operates a four-star hotel, and six restaurants as part of its training facilities. Current enrolment stands at over 5,000 students on an annual basis. The school has a very strong applied orientation, and is Vietnam’s number one institution in terms of industry linkages. Under Thao’s leadership, STHC is not only seen as a trusted training service provider for young students, but also for seasoned professionals in the tourism industry to receive professional development. This is a feature that sets STHC apart from other tourism institutions in Vietnam, and gives them an edge in terms of networking with industry leaders.

Thao’s extensive experience in the tourism industry, her strong networks, and current position allow her to have an impact both at the grassroots, operations, and policy-making levels. Passionate about sustainable and responsible tourism, Thao is currently spearheading the process of building sustainability into the school’s new curriculum as a direct response to emerging requirements from major international and domestic partners, also as a strategy to maintain STHC’s flagship position in the industry.

Thao holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration with Honors and Master in Human Resources Management with First Class honor in which she obtained respectively through Griffith University in Australia. Thao is also a Certified Hospitality Trainer (CHT) and Educator (CHE) from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging Association (EI), USA. Currently as a certified Corporate Trainer/ Facilitator for the Saigontourist Holding Company and the American Hotel Lodging Education Institute (EI), she is conducting a large number of respective diploma and specialized certification/training programs not only for Saigontourist but also for large hotels, resorts and reputable educational institutions in Vietnam.