Port Alfred, South Africa / Macau S.A.R. – Monday 3 September 2017
Stenden South Africa and Northside Consulting ink MoU to deliver minor specialisation in Hotel Opening Management

The School of Hotel Management at Stenden South Africa and Northside Consulting formalised a strategic partnership to offer a Minor in Hotel Opening Management as part of the three-year Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Hospitality Management.

Wouter Hensens, Executive Dean of Stenden South Africa said: “This strategic partnership is aimed at ensuring the integrity of the development and roll-out, and continuous improvement of the Minor. Northside Consulting as Stenden’s Core Industry Partner will guarantee that the program remains current and is infused continuously with the latest industry best practices, cases, and relevant research.”
Gert Noordzy, Managing Director of Northside Consulting said: “The hotel industry has entered a new era of growth, making this first-ever Minor extremely relevant. We are very excited to be an integral part of this endeavour.”
“Hotel opening management is a specialist application of project management,” said Wouter Hensens. “Gert Noordzy has researched hotel openings since 2008, and has emerged as a veritable Program Champion. Our joint efforts will help the hotel industry transform itself and embrace Project Management as a Strategic Competence, specifically when it comes to hotel opening management.”
The Minor will be piloted in the fourth quarter of 2017 and will have its first official intake of students early 2018.