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Stamford College and Seven Seas sign strategic business alliance for Asia Pacific region

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT - For Immediate Release

October 03, 2005 - Seven Seas, a global provider of end-to-end ICT solutions for the Hospitality Industry, and Stamford College Berhad has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to include momentohs® as part of the College's hospitality education curriculum. The state of the art property management software will provide excellent (ICT) skills, knowledge and application to the Stamford School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Hoteliers worldwide, from small boutique to three/four star as well as five star are investing in ICT to improve operational efficiency and enhance the guest experience, and this initiative will fill the gap and provide a more informed and knowledge personnel graduating from Stamford for both Malaysia and overseas.

The travel industry worldwide has sustained considerable growth over the past few years and will continue on an up trend as leisure activities increase in the global village. The demand for knowledge personnel with proficiency in ICT are a pre-requisite with employers and Stamford College has taken a bold step in differentiating from other educational institutes in realising this vision. By including ICT as a standard module in its curriculum across all its state of the art centers in Malaysia, it sets a benchmark for all hospitality schools to follow in providing quality and innovative ICT education.

Seven Seas with its flagship software, momentohs®, which consists of 12 modules is an innovative end-to-end hospitality solution that provides the students a learning experience with a total integrated feel. It is the guest centric advantage that allows hotels to understand their guest preferences, behavior and spending patterns, which distinguish the hotel with small number of rooms with high yield against the larger property.

"Students of Stamford will also benefit much from this strategic alliance as they would be able to understand more in-depth about practical ICT applications in the industry besides the knowledge sharing and joint research in innovating new features and benefits. Student will also be able to tap on Seven Seas customer database for work placements where arrangements exist after graduation," said Dato Halim bin Hj. Abdul Samad, Executive Chairman of Stamford College

Stamford College hospitality management students will soon be able to fill the shortage for knowledge workers that Hoteliers worldwide are facing. Stamford College has been the pioneer in Hospitality education for almost 30 years and the exclusive hospitality education provider in Malaysia for the internationally renowned Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA).

" The AHLA, as it is more popularly, known is the premier and largest source for hospitality education, training and certification in the world. Our arrangements with the AHLA allows Stamford College to offer exactly the same education, training and professional certification to the industry locally. Besides the hospitality management diploma that is offered on a full time basis and distance learning, individuals in the industry will soon be able to acquire professional certification in every department of a hotel. This professional certification is the ultimate distinction of professional excellence for the hospitality industry worldwide, " Dato Halim added.

"Stamford College was chosen due its rich tradition in hospitality education and its balanced geographical distribution of their learning centers around Malaysia. With this, we can extend the hospitality ICT education to a much bigger focused group. This would also enable both companies to develop reciprocal and joint activities that harness each other's strengths", said Mehboob Hamza, Chairman, Seven Seas.

"Seven Seas had also initiated inter-Government working engagements to strengthen ties between countries to encourage co-operation towards growth in tourism. An example is the joint collaboration with Hanoi Tourism College (HTC) in Vietnam, which is managed by Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. The understanding with HTC is beyond ICT and encompasses a wider scope of assistance in ensuring the growth of tourism as well as developing a signature service culture unique to Vietnam," added Mehboob Hamza.

momentohs® is an integrated hospitality solutions which incorporates many innovative features at an affordable price for hotels and resorts. The solution provides competitive edge to the hoteliers to gain an advantage whilst having the capability to obtain management information rapidly to make decisions and more importantly, enhance and manage better the hotel revenues and minimize costs. The design, functions and features facilitate the business processes of each unique hospitality property with guest centricity as the concept behind the solutions.

For five to seven star chain properties, it encompasses the entire spectrum of a hotel’s operations at property level and Head Office central MIS.
For medium size properties from 50-250 rooms, which require reduced functionality at a lower price and yet manage its operations efficiently.
For small to medium size resort or city boutique hotels with less than 50 room, it provides better features than off the shelf software at a competitive price and yet scale up to sprint when required.
For fine dining and table service restaurants, it is a fully integrated solution with POS, Financial, Cost control and Guest Experience.
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