The Board of ECA welcomes a new observer to ECA: the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE) which has its headquarters in Australia.

THE-ICE is a not-for-profit international accreditation agency originally funded by the Australian government from 2004 to 2008. THE-ICE is now an Australian-based QA agency committed in the recognition, the development, international benchmarking and the promotion of excellence in the specialised fields of tourism, hospitality, events and culinary arts (TH&E) education, training and research. Its global network comprises of leading quality institutions, private hotel schools, universities of applied sciences and research universities from some 15 countries.

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