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Shenzhen, China, April 2014-Executives from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI) who are currently traveling in China as part of an extended visit celebrating EI's 10-year presence in that country, participated in the Sino-American Hospitality Executive Development Forum at the Goodview Hotel Tangxia, Guangdong, on April 25 and 26.  The forum was one of several events that are part of the country-wide Greater China 10th Anniversary. 

The Sino-American Hospitality Executive Development Forum featured several high-level hospitality professionals and educators, including: 

  • Ms. Shirley Chen, talent relationship manager, Marriott International, who spoke on "Development of Chinese Executives in International Hotel Brands"
  • Mr. Jian Chen, dean of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management, Shunde Polytechnic College, who discussed "Internationalization in Chinese Vocational Education: Practice and Achievement" 
  • Mr. Simon Zhuang, president, F&F Property Group, who spoke about "Investment in the Next Generation of Hospitality" 
  • Mr. David Yan, EI master licensee, who discussed EI's development in Guangdong and " Hotel Professional Certification and Human Resource Development" 
  • A panel discussion of "Challenges and Solutions of China Hotel Talent Development" 

During their visit, Robert L. Steele III, CHA, president and COO; Brenda L. Vazquez, CMHS, CGSP, senior vice president, marketing; Ed Kastli, CMHS, CGSP, vice president, international sales; and Leon Shi, CHE, EI's country manager of operations for China; also met with EI's regional partners representing Shenzhen. In addition, Steele visited a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA®) certification review session for several hotel executives who then sat for their certification exam.   

The next stop on the trip takes the team to Tianjin.

About American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute

Established in 1953 as a nonprofit educational foundation of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Educational Institute's mission is to continue being the preferred provider to the lodging industry, hospitality schools, and related hospitality industries by developing and providing quality resources to train, educate, and certify hospitality professionals worldwide.

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