School of Hotel and Tourism Management

The hospitality and tourism industry has shifted its centre of gravity to Asia, with its welcoming cultures and attention to detail as a hallmark of service quality. Its unprecedented growth in the past decades or so makes it a key economic driver for many places including Hong Kong. The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is uniquely positioned not just to ride the Asian wave, but to drive it onwards through education and research excellence.

The SHTM sets itself apart from other hospitality and tourism educational institutions by consistently earning a high standing in the upper echelons of international rankings. In 2019, for the third year in a row, the School was ranked No. 1 in the world in the “Hospitality and Tourism Management” category according to ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. The Field Based Ranking produced by the University Ranking by Academic Performance Laboratory placed the SHTM in the top spot in the “Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services” category in 2018/19. In the Centre for World University Rankings subject categories for 2017, the School ranked first in the “Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism” category.

The professional programmes offered by the SHTM are tailored to prepare students for management careers in the hospitality, tourism and related service sectors. It also offers various courses in hotel management and tourism management at the Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Hotel and Tourism Management, Master of Science and Bachelor of Science (Honours) levels.

The SHTM's world-class faculty members are drawn from 21 countries and regions around the globe. They publish widely in leading academic and industry journals, gaining international recognition for the quality of the scholarship and research they have conducted. With the establishment of Hotel ICON, the School’s ground-breaking teaching and research hotel, the SHTM’s leadership role in hospitality research has also been greatly enhanced.

For information about the research areas of SHTM, please visit the School’s website or contact Prof. Haiyan Song at haiyansong@polyu.edu.hk.