Network of Asia-Pacific Education and Training

Institutes in Tourism (APETIT)

As a consequence of the rapid growth of tourism, the need to develop and train the required human resources in various segments of the tourism industry has been widely recognized.

Closer cooperation among countries of the region is one way to effectively overcome some constraints related to human resources development, since individual countries possess certain strengths and expertise that could be usefully shared with other countries.

The Asia-Pacific region has seen increasing need for a platform to exchange information and expertise on human resources development for the tourism sector since early 1990s. A regional network to strengthen institutional links among tourism training institutes was considered the most practical mechanism to meet this demand.

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) established the Network of Asia-Pacific Education and Training Institutes in Tourism (APETIT) in 1997 to promote regional cooperation in human resources development for tourism. Currently, 261 education and training institutes and national tourism organizations in 45 countries and areas are participating in its activities.

 

 

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