Algerian Visitors Learn About CNM’s Hospitality and Culinary Programs

July 2, 2014 -- Four visitors from Algeria learned about CNM’s hospitality and culinary programs during a recent visit to the college. They were given a briefing by Dawn Addington, associate dean of the School of Business & Information Technology, and toured the Culinary Arts labs.
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Also on hand to greet them from CNM were Phillip Bustos, vice president of Student Services; Rudy Garcia, dean of Students; and Sydney Gunthorpe, vice president of Academic Affairs.

The visit was hosted by the Albuquerque Council for International Visitors. The Algerians were invited to the U.S. through the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, which is designed to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries.

“The Algerian visitors seemed truly interested in our hospitality and culinary programs,” Bustos said. “They indicated that the programs were ‘spot on’ in terms of what the Algerian visitors needed to learn.”

In addition to Albuquerque, the participants will be visiting Santa Fe, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, La., Rapid City, S.D., and Chicago, Ill.

The Department of State has outlined the following objectives for the Algerian visit to the U.S. They include:

*  Illustrate the role of government, civil society and private operators in supporting the tourism sector.

*  Examine the best practices in marketing tourism.

*  Observe examples of modernizing tourism infrastructures.

*  Share best practices in promoting traditional arts.

*  Highlight efforts to balance the protection of natural and cultural areas with developing tourism.

The Algerian visitors included Amel Loubari, Abdelhamid Terghini, Said Rabache, and Mohammed Sofiane Zobir. All are with the Algerian Ministry of Tourism and Handicraft.