Published on : Friday, December 29, 2017
Hong Kong is implementing strategies to strengthen its position as a hub for multi-destination travel, shifting its focus from shopping hot spots to cultural and heritage, green tourism and live entertainment, which is creating a big demand for a new breed of travelers.
Efforts are being made not only to maintain a steady increase in visitor numbers, but also to attract more high-spending overnight visitors to ensure a healthy and sustainable development of the tourism industry.
At present, Hong Kong’s hospitality and tourism sector employs about 280,000 people, accounting for about 7 per cent of total employment, and contributing about 5 per cent of Hong Kong’s GDP.
Professor Brian King, associate dean and postgraduate programmes director at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)’s hotel and tourism management school, said that the advancement of Hong Kong’s tourism sector requires a steady supply of multi-skilled talent to work in different sectors.
“It’s an exciting time for our graduates,” King says. The school is in sync with Hong Kong’s continuously changing tourism environment by offering a broad range of hospitality and tourism programmes, like the master’s degree in global hospitality business (MGH) and the Master of Science in international wine management (IWM) which, according to King, was developed because Hong Kong is a duty-free centre for wine and is well positioned as a global centre for the wine trade.
Now in its 16th year, the PolyU School’s programmes include Master of Science degrees in international hospitality management (IHM) and international tourism and convention management (ITCM). Master of Science students have an opportunity to acquire hands-on professional experience working at Hotel ICON, which is owned and operated by the PolyU.
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