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The 2017 Cornell/ICHRIE Howard B. Meek Award Presented to Dr. Fred DeMicco

September 27, 2017

September, 25, 2017 - Volterra Tuscany, Italy - Dr. Frederico J. DeMicco, the Aramark Chaired Professor at the University of Delaware and President of Academics and Dean of Executive and Continuing Education at the Learning Village in Tuscany SIAF Campus was awarded the The Howard B. Meek Award for 2017. This award bestowed is the highest individual recognition a member of the International Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) may receive. It is presented to an ICHRIE member in recognition of the individual's lifetime contributions and outstanding service both to hospitality education and to Internationa...

PolyU Receives Donation from Zhejiang Drore Technology to Advance Hospitality and Tourism Education

September 27, 2017

The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University received a donation of HK$1.08 million from Zhejiang Drore Technology Co., Ltd. (Drore) for the establishment of the "Drore Scholarship" in support of the SHTM's efforts in advancing hospitality and tourism education. With full support from Drore, two entry scholarships per academic year will be set up for three years commencing 2017. The scholarships will be awarded to local as well as non-local students intending to pursue their studies at the SHTM with the Master of Science (MSc) in Global Hospitality Business, MSc in International Hospitality M...

The Honourable Sir Michael Kadoorie Bestowed SHTM Lifetime Achievement Award

September 25, 2017

The Honourable Sir Michael Kadoorie, GBS, L.L.D.(Hon), DSc(Hon), Commandeur de la Légion D'Honneur, Commandeur de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Commandeur de L'Ordre de la Couronne, Commandeur de L'Ordre de Léopold II, was this year's recipient of the SHTM Lifetime Achievement Award presented to him at a ceremony held in his honour at Hotel ICON on 22 September 2017. The SHTM Lifetime Achievement Award is established by the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) to honour outstanding personalities who have contributed substantially to the development of hospitality ...

PolyU Establishes Kwok Hospitality Awards at School of Hotel and Tourism Management

September 19, 2017

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is pleased to have received support from the Kwok Scholars Association (KSA) for the establishment of Kwok Hospitality Awards at its School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM). With full support from the KSA, two awards per academic year will be set up for three years commencing 2017/2018 to facilitate SHTM students to pursue their studies at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration in USA for one semester. Amounting over HK$1.6 million in total value, the scholarships will be awarded to eligible SHTM students who excel in both academic and non-academic pursuits. With an aim o...

PolyU Study Finds Room Attribute Preferences Vital to Hotel Profit Maximisation

September 14, 2017

Hotel managers need to understand the value that customers place on particular room features and charge for them accordingly, argue Dr Lorenzo Masiero of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and his co-researchers in a recently published study. Having conducted a stated-choice experiment in a Hong Kong hotel, the researchers find that customers are willing to pay much more than currently charged for features such as a harbour view, but place relatively little value on other features such as free cancellation. Hotels would benefit from segmenting their markets to reflect these discrepa...

PolyU Releases Report on 2016 Tourist Satisfaction and Tourism Service Quality Indices

September 12, 2017

The 2016 PolyU Tourist Satisfaction Index (PolyU TSI) and Tourism Service Quality Index (PolyU TSQI) show general increases compared with the 2015 results, according to the report released by the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The 2016 PolyU TSI and PolyU TSQI stood at 75.02 and 75.87 respectively. The PolyU TSI increased by 0.31 points from 74.71 in 2015, reflecting an ongoing recovery from the significant drop in 2014. At the same time, the PolyU TSQI recorded an increase of 0.65 points from 75.22 in 2015. "In 2016, the tourism industry in Hong Kong underwent some turbulence caus...

PolyU School of Hotel and Tourism Management Scholar Conferred Endowed Professorship

September 5, 2017

Endowed by the Victoria Park Hotels Limited, Professor Haiyan Song, Associate Dean of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, was conferred the title Mr and Mrs Chan Chak Fu Professor in International Tourism at the Third Inauguration of Endowed Professorships held at the University on 5 September 2017. Presided over by Council Chairman of the University, Mr Chan Tze-ching, the ceremony paid tribute to distinguished scholars for their outstanding academic achievements and significant contributions to the community, as well as to allow the community to demonstrate support for and give re...

The CEO’s Guide to Giving: How a Hotel Industry President Created a Private Foundation

William J. Holstein | September 1, 2017

From creating a legacy and introducing family members to philanthropy to ensuring that donations are used effectively, there are lots of reasons that families associated with successful businesses are opting to take an active role in giving back. In this three-part series, Chief Executive spoke with philanthropic business leaders to gain their insights on supporting foundations, private foundations and donor-advised funds. This is Part II. Harris Rosen decided not to wait until retirement to start giving away the money he made as an owner and operator of a collection of seven convention and leisure hotels all in Orlando. He still holds...

Top 5 Takeaways from Cornell’s Master of Management in Hospitality Leadership Development Program

Alison Kanovsky | August 31, 2017

By Alison Kanovsky, MMH '18 The MMH Leadership Development Program (LDP) is a weekend-long event that connects current students in the Master of Management in Hospitality program with top-tier alumni from the School of Hotel Administration. These alumni are all highly regarded in their respective industries and volunteer their own personal time to come back to Cornell for the weekend. LDP is one of the many opportunities the Hotel School gives its students to connect with alumni and develop their leadership skills. LDP helped us learn about ourselves through behavioral assessments and group activities. Before the weekend began, we fille...

PolyU Study Finds Understanding Travel Needs Can Help Improve Elderly Quality of Life

August 31, 2017

Identifying the travel needs of different groups of elderly people in Hong Kong is the first step in providing appropriate services that can improve their quality of life and well-being, argue Dr Kam Hung of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and two co-researchers. In a recent study, the researchers examine the differences in the travel behaviour of elderly Hong Kongers, finding that residents of public housing face more travel constraints than those living in private housing. They suggest that tourism industry stakeholders such as exhibition organisers and travel agents could do m...

Hoteliers, Hospitality Educators Pursue Professional Certification in Philippines

the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) | August 30, 2017

Orlando, Florida, August 2017—Professional certification continues to be a priority for hospitality professionals and educators in the Philippines, supported by Asia World Hospitality, an international partner of the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI). During a session held July 21-24 at Seda Hotel Nuvali, 11 general managers from the Ayala Hotel & Resorts Corporation and Hotel Benilde (the hotel of De La Salle—Benilde College) passed the Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA®) exam, the largest group of hoteliers in the Philippines to earn the certification on their first attempt. The following ...

CHTA Education Foundation Awards More Than $130,000 in Scholarships This Year

CHTA Education Foundation | August 29, 2017

MIAMI (August 29, 2017) - The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) is awarding more than $130,000 worth of scholarships to nearly three dozen Caribbean students this year. Including the renewal of 12 scholarships awarded to students last year, this academic year will record a total of 34 scholarships funded by the nonprofit group. Seventy people applied this year and scholarships range, on average, from US$2,000 to $5,000 and are exclusively for tuition costs. Universities such as Johnson & Wales provide matching grants for CHTAEF recipients, effectively doubling the scholarship awards. The Associati...

AHLEI Publishes New Edition of Hotel and Restaurant Accounting Textbook, Workbook

the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) | August 17, 2017

Orlando, Florida, August 2017—The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) has published a new edition of Hotel and Restaurant Accounting, by Raymond Cote, CPA, CCP. This introductory hospitality accounting textbook accentuates the relationship between business principles and accounting in hotel and restaurant operations. Students will learn accounting information that can be applied in hotel and restaurant environments. The eighth edition of Hotel and Restaurant Accounting has been significantly revised, incorporating several chapters and two case studies previously included in the author's Accounting for Hospit...

The #1 Rule in Service Excellence: Keep the Customer

BW Leadership Academy | August 3, 2017

By Bryan Williams United Airlines is now a case study for how not to treat customers. Especially paying customers…who are about to receive the service they paid for…and are obviously unhappy about how they are being treated. There is so much to learn from this scenario. Horst Schulze, who is the former President and COO of the Ritz-Carlton (and one of my biggest influences) always said that rule #1 is to keep the customer. For any organization to be successful, they must become proficient at keeping customers (and not lose them). Keep them happy. Keep them engaged. Keep them so well that they eagerly look forward to return...

AHLEI Expands Reach into Canada with New Consultant, Partnerships

the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) | July 11, 2017

Orlando, Florida, July 2017—The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) is expanding its outreach to the Canadian hospitality industry and has partnered with Alex Kershaw, CGSP, CHDT, a consultant who will provide a physical presence in Canada. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Kershaw will work closely with AHLEI senior sales associate Laura Phelps, who has been the primary contact for Canadian academic institutions and hotels for several years. "Having Alex working with AHLEI to service current clients and to reach out to new prospects will help us to grow in this ripe market," said Brenda Moons, AHLEI's V...

PolyU School of Hotel and Tourism Management Ranked World No. 1

July 11, 2017

The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is ranked No. 1 in the world, according to ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) 2017. This is further proof of the SHTM's commitment to achieving global excellence in hospitality and tourism education and research. Released on 28 June, this year's GRAS include for the first time a ranking of the world's top 100 universities in the "Hospitality and Tourism Management" category. ShanghaiRanking began publishing Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by academic subjects since 2009. ARWU is regarded as one of the...

Controlling Alcohol Risks Effectively® (CARE) Training Approved in Rhode Island

the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) | July 6, 2017

Orlando, Florida, July 2017—The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute's responsible alcohol service training program has been approved for use in Rhode Island. Controlling Alcohol Risks Effectively® (CARE) for Servers is now listed as a Certified Alcohol Server Training Program by the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Development Disabilities, and Hospitals. Both the print-based seminar and CARE Online training are approved for use. CARE for Servers is a one-day seminar that prepares servers with the proper knowledge of how to handle the challenges of responsible alcohol service. During the program...

PolyU Study Finds Review Features Influence Hotel Booking Intentions

June 26, 2017

Potential guests reading online hotel reviews are influenced by a range of underlying features when forming their booking intentions, according to Ph.D. graduate Dr Liang Wang, Professor Rob Law of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and their co-researchers. In a recently published article, the researchers identify the six features that have the greatest influence on the booking intentions of business travellers in mainland China. They suggest that hoteliers could use those features – ranging from usefulness to comprehensiveness – to enhance their consumer review managem...

Carver Companies Expand Reach Into Canada

Carver Companies | June 20, 2017

Carver Hotel Group and Carver-Olson Search Expand Services Into Canadian Market ATLANTA, GA – June 20, 2017 – In an aggressive growth move, Carver Hotel Group (CHG) and Carver-Olson Hospitality Search have announced the expansion of their services into Canada beginning July 1. The Task Force division of CHG will begin representing Canadian Task Force professionals and aligning them with Canadian clients. An empty seat in a hotel potentially means lost revenue. CHG contract professionals eliminate that risk with their expertise and immediate proactive efforts. Depending on the need of the hotel, Carver professionals are avail...

3rd Global Tourism & Hospitality Conference Hosted by School of Hotel and Tourism Management to Celebrate PolyU’s 80th Anniversary

June 13, 2017

3rd Global Tourism & Hospitality Conference hosted by School of Hotel and Tourism Management to celebrate PolyU's 80th Anniversary The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) organised the 3rd Global Tourism & Hospitality Conference (HONG KONG 2017) on 5-7 June 2017 at Hotel ICON in celebration of the University's 80th anniversary. The conference was officially opened by Professor Timothy W. Tong, President of PolyU; Miss Cathy Chu, Commissioner for Tourism, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government; Mr Michael Li, Executive Director of the Federation of Hong Kong Ho...

American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute Honors Navy Lodges for Commitment to Professional Development and Certification

the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) | May 31, 2017

Orlando, Florida, May 2017—The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) recently honored two Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) Navy Lodge properties with awards recognizing their commitment to supporting their employees and guests by providing access to continuing education, training, and professional certification, using AHLEI's resources as part of a property-wide development program. Navy Lodge Bethesda, under the leadership of general manager Ana Herrera-Ruiz, received the Military Hospitality Training Excellence Gold Award. To earn this award, a property must show an increase in guest satisfaction and m...

PolyU to Host HONG KONG 2017: 3rd Global Tourism & Hospitality Conference

May 22, 2017

The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) will host the HONG KONG 2017: 3rd Global Tourism & Hospitality Conference scheduled for 5-7 June 2017. Forty-eight undergraduate students from the Special Event Class of the SHTM formed an Organising Committee to plan and manage the conference. Taking the theme "Innovation ・ Research ・ Education", the conference will serve as an important networking platform for educators, thought leaders, students and industry practitioners to exchange insights related to innovations and trends in the global hospitality and tourism industry, as wel...

PolyU Study Finds More Knowledge Needed of Muslim Tourists’ Requirements

May 18, 2017

Although Muslim tourists constitute a large and growing sector of the travel market, greater awareness is needed of their specific requirements according to Ph.D. student Ms Hera Oktadiana and Dean Kaye Chon of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a co-researcher. In a recently published review paper, the researchers highlight that some aspects of compliance with Islamic teaching are well known, such as the need for Halal food and the non-consumption of alcohol. Yet, they argue, more attention must be paid to other areas such as the role of travel for well-being in Islamic life an...

PolyU Study Finds Package Tours Limit Tourist Satisfaction

April 26, 2017

Package tours can result in low tourist satisfaction even though they are economically advantageous, according to a recently published study done by Assistant Professor Markus Schuckert, Professor Haiyan Song and Dean Kaye Chon of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and a co-researcher. The researchers explain that dissatisfaction with package tours arises from the information asymmetry between tour operators and customers in emerging markets. Focusing on mainland Chinese outbound tours to Hong Kong, the study shows that this asymmetry is reduced once customers become more ex...

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