Germ Doornbos and his partner Vũ Anh Tú founded Journey of the Senses; a hospitality company employing People with Disabilities (PwD).
Noir. Dining in the Dark (2014) serves guests by a team of blind and visually impaired and Blanc. Restaurant (2017) invites guests to communicate in sign language with the deaf and hearing impaired.
It is part social enterprise, providing job opportunities for (PwD) and part professional hospitality experience, it is unique dining experiences for the guests.
Germ believes that placing PwD at the frontline and creating guest interaction is the way to increase awareness into the blind and deaf communities. His businesses are designed around the philosophy of turning the disadvantage of PwD around into their advantage.
The journey is not finished yet and Germ and his team have plans for more businesses employing PwD.
Germ is from Assen, The Netherlands and lives in Vietnam since 2004, in both Hanoi and Saigon. He has over 20 years hospitality industry experience and worked in various 5-star hotels and restaurants in The Netherlands, Italy (Rome Cavalieri Hilton) and Vietnam (Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, Vine Restaurant, InterContinental Asiana Saigon, The Grand Ho Tram Beach).
Germ graduated in International Hospitality Management at the Hotelschool The Hague in 2005.
26 Jun 2019
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