May 2020
Volume 21, Issue 2
Newsletter of School of Hotel & Tourism Management
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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Serving the Industry in a Time of Need
Few industries have been as hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic as hospitality and tourism. Having served the industry for more than four decades, the SHTM is now proud to be at the forefront of research supporting the industry's timely and sustainable recovery.

Leading the way is Dean and Chair Professor Kaye Chon, Walter and Wendy Kwok Family Foundation Professor in International Hospitality Management, whose ongoing research will offer invaluable recommendations for managing the pandemic and boosting tourism in post-COVID-19 mainland China.

Free Online Courses on International Hospitality Management

As the world braces itself against the impact of COVID-19 and strives to prevent the further spread of the virus, many people are experiencing disruptions to their learning. In times of uncertainty, however, everyone must learn to embrace the challenges and seize the opportunities that come their way. At the SHTM, we take care of your education and your career development by offering our first-ever MicroMasters in International Hospitality Management!
Mentorship Programme Orientation Successfully Held Online

Since 2002, the SHTM has paired full-time hospitality and tourism students aspiring to build careers in the industry with seasoned industry professionals who provide advice and guidance tailored to the students' career interests. This year, 48 mentors and 60 student mentees attended the Mentorship Programme Orientation on 22 April, which kicked the Programme off on the online platform Zoom.
IMPACT2020 Conference to Bridge Gap between Industry and Academia

The global hospitality and tourism industry is facing considerable challenges due to geopolitical and socio-economic uncertainties and global health crises, such as the China-US trade war, Brexit, social unrest around the world and the COVID-19 pandemic. These challenges have damaged the confidence of international tourists travelling to and from the crisis-affected regions and countries.
APacCHRIE 2020: The Next Step for Hospitality and Tourism Education

The SHTM is pleased to announce that APacCHRIE 2020 will be held on 27-28 October at Hotel ICON in Hong Kong.


Professor Brian King has been appointed a Fellow of the International Association for China Tourism Studies in recognition of his outstanding contributions to China tourism research.

The SHTM has entered into a strategic partnership with Xian Qujiang International Hotel Management Co Ltd (XQHM) to collaborate in the areas of internship, executive education, industry exchange and academic research in support of talent training and development.

Mr Jonathan Sutton delivered an online lecture for secondary school students on "A Crash Course into Coffee Basics", as part of the PolyU & You: Online Lecture Series on 7 May 2020. The lecture offered an opportunity for students to delve into the background of one of the world's favourite beverages.
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