Higher Vocational College for Hospitality and Tourism Bled was founded in 1996 as one of the first higher education institutions in Slovenia. The College boasts with more than 1300 graduates who contribute substantially to the success of Slovenian tourism and hospitality industry. In academic year 2014/15 there are 450 students of which two thirds in Hospitality and Tourism programme, and one third in Wellness programme. In the first year of study all the available places in regular study are taken, which means about 200 students and there are also 25 part-time students. Strong interest in studying at the Higher Vocational College for Hospitality and Tourism Bled proves that the College has been developing successfully and gained high reputation among young people and in professional public.
Mission of the Higher Vocational College for Hospitality and Tourism Bled is high quality education and training of people for jobs in hospitality and tourism, and additional development of competences in the school hotel in accordance with the needs and development tendencies of economy. According to the vision of the school "… in the years to come we will be building on the tradition of education in tourism and become a reputable higher education centre for quality lifelong education and training in the field of service activities, known also internationally. We will be known for our genuine relationships among the employees and students.«
The school premises are very well equipped, ensuring quality teaching process for both, students and teachers, and other employees. A component part of the institute is also a special organisational unit B2B education centre. School Hotel Astoria operates within it and higher education students undergo their practical training there. Practical training is available also to students from other schools.