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Stimulated by Hong Kong Disneyland Project,
The Hotel & Tourism Management Programme
at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Is the Most Popular Applicant Choice
Sing Tao Daily - 7 February 2003 - In view of the foreseeable completion of Hong Kong Disneyland and the increasing number of Mainland tourists, it seems that the hotel and tourism industry will face a bright future. As a result, the relevant programmes held by tertiary institutions have become the first choices for a large number of final year students in secondary schools. The Hotel & Tourism Management programme by The Hong Kong polytechnic University is the most popular programme, with 66 candidates competing for one place.

According to the figures provided by seven tertiary institutions (excluding The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) after the deadline of submitting application to The Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) at the end of last year, the most competitive programmes among the top three are all held by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. These three programmes are Hotel Management, Social Work and Tourism Management, recording 65 times, 52 times and 42 times respectively over the number of places offered. The Hotel and Tourism Management Programme held by the Chinese University of Hong Kong has also recorded 14 times of the number of places offered. 

In addition, the number of students choosing Hotel Management Programme of PolyU as their first three choices increases by three folds from 322 to 1653 students. It is also the second most popular programme run by PolyU. If we take into account the number of applicants only, then the Bachelor of Education (primary) programme run by the Hong Kong Institute of Education attracted the largest numbers of applicants (2776). 

Mr. Joseph Tung, the Executive Director of Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong, stated that the foreseeable completion of Hong Kong Disneyland serves as a stimulus for students. Besides, the increasing number of tourists from Mainland China contributes to the steady development of the tourism industry in Hong Kong even under the current sluggish economic environment. The demand for hotels increases continuously reflecting the prosperous outlook of related industry. Therefore, the number of applicants for programmes of such industry increased significantly.

Social Work Programme continue to be popular. There are 30 students competing one place for the programmes by PolyU, BU or CityU. However, the Logistics Programme is no longer the top choice. The International Shipping and Logistic Management Programme by PolyU was very competitive last year but it is not ranked among the top five this year.

Prof. Kaye Chon
Chair Professor and Head
School of Hotel and Tourism Management 
Tel. 2766 6382
Also See: HKPU and UNLV to Partner for Convention & Expo Summit in Hong Kong in May 2003 / Nov 2002
Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Hotel & Tourism to Host Symposium; e-Business and Tourism / Sept 2002
Executive Course on “Convention Management for Asia-Pacific” to Debut in Hong Kong in June / March 2002

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