ASIA Travel

Francesco Frangialli appointed as PolyU Honorary Professor

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com Latest Travel News Send to Friend Monday, 19 January 2009

The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has bestowed Honorary Professorship on Mr Francesco Frangialli, Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in recognition of his significant contribution to the development of the world’s tourism industry.

Immediately after the conferment ceremony last week, Mr Frangialli shared his insights with nearly 200 industry practitioners, academics and students in a public lecture titled “Current Status of World Tourism and Future Prospects”.

Prof. Kaye Chon, Chair Professor and Director of SHTM, said, “The School and its students look forward to sharing Mr Frangialli’s vast industry experience, as head of a world body of tourism and in his new capacity as our Honorary Professor. While the whole world is now forecasting on the ripple effect of the financial tsunami, we are most pleased to have him discussing with us the outlook of the tourism industry in this timely public lecture.”

At the lecture, Mr Frangialli talked about the current economic turmoil. He remarked, “The major developed economies have been affected one after another. Most of them have passed the ‘stagflation’ stage, and several have already tilted clearly into recession. The economies of the emerging countries, although they continue to grow substantially, are no longer doing so at the same rate as before.”

In regard to the outlook of the tourism industry, Mr Frangialli explained that the need to go on trips, to take holidays, is too strong in our post-industrial societies for people to stop travelling. During periods of economic downturn, the demand for leisure perhaps manifests itself in other forms, but it remains intact for the most part. Tourism will, in fact, contribute to mitigate the negative impact of the current crisis and will function as a damper rather than an accelerator to the financial and economic turmoil of the world.

He also enlightened participants on the fact that “climate change” is an important challenge that condition the long-term future of the industry. With greenhouse gas emissions generated by trips and stays, tourism contributes to global warming. At the same time, tourism is also a victim as leisure activities in different parts of the world being affected by the climate change.

He said, “We must find avenues of research and instruments of action that will enable our tourism industry to adapt and diversify, with the twofold aim of surviving climate change and progressively decreasing its contribution to global warming.”

Lastly, Mr Frangialli used the correlation between the global financial turmoil and climate change as an example to illustrate that businesses should not sacrifice their long-term commitment in face of their short-term concerns, like alleviating the current financial crisis through humanity’s activities which will, in turn, accelerate global warming.

Mr Francesco Frangialli ‎was elected Secretary General of UNWTO in 1997 and has held the post for more than 10 years.

He has ‎an extensive background in public administration and served from 1986 to 1990 as ‎Director of the Tourism Industry in the French ministry responsible for Tourism. He has ‎a degree in economics from the Paris School of Law and Economics, studied at the National School of Administration, and is a graduate of the Paris Institute of ‎Political Studies, where he was a lecturer from 1972 to 1989.‎

SHTM was ranked fourth among the world’s top hotel and tourism schools based on research and scholarship, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research in 2005. Since 1999, the school has been designated by UNWTO as one of its Education and Training Network Centres around the world – the only one in Asia. The School also serves on UNWTO’s Education Council Steering Committee.

See other recent news regarding: Airlines, Aviation, Flights, Hotels, Promotions, New Hotels, Cruises, UNWTO, PolyU, Hong Kong

Subscribe to our Latest Travel News Daily Email Free of Charge by simply entering your email address to the right. You can also stay updated with our RSS Feed Free Travel News RSS Feed and even add the travel news to your website. Have questions? Please read our travel news FAQ.
Sustainable Hotels and MICE. Exclusive HD video interview with Grace Kang, Managing Partner of Greenview Hospitality. Criteo Travel Flash Report 2016. Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. Daniele Beccari, Global Head of Travel at Criteo. Chef Fernando Arevalo, originally from Bogota, Colombia, worked his culinary magic in New York and Hong Kong before moving to Singapore where he is today the Executive Chef of Artemis Grill on the 40th floor of Singapore's newest green building - CapitaGreen.
Sustainable Hotels and MICE Criteo Travel Flash Report Colombian Chef in Singapore
Exclusive HD video interview with Mr. Hiroshi Sawabe, Executive Director of the Office of International Tourism, at JATA (Japan Association of Travel Agents). In this interview filmed on 24 September at the JATA Tourism Expo 2016 in Tokyo, Japan, Mr. Sawabe speaks to Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia about the status of tourism within the country. HD Videos from Sabre's Travel Technology Exchange APAC 2016. Sabre, a leading technology provider to the global travel industry, hosted over 500 members of the Asia Pacific travel industry at its inaugural Asia Pacific Travel Technology Exchange (TTX) conference in Beijing from 21 to 24 September 2016 Spa and Wellness Industry - HD Video Interview with MD of Thailand-based Destination Spa Management, Joy Menzies.
Japan Tourism Update Sabre TTX APAC 2016 Destination Spa Management
Jonathan Wigley, CEO of Travelodge Thailand, outlines expansion plans in HD Video Interview. Exclusive HD video interview with Myanmar's Minister of Tourism and Hotels, H.E. U Ohn Maung, about the status of tourism in the beautiful and mystical country of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). Birth of a Luxury Thai Hotel Brand - HD Video Interview with Christopher E. Stafford, Chief Operating Officer of the newly formed 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts.
CEO of Travelodge Thailand Myanmar Tourism Update Birth of Luxury Thai Hotel Brand
This HD video tour of Thai AirAsia X's brand new 337-seat Airbus A330-300 aircraft was filmed at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok, Thailand on 14 May 2014  Exclusive HD video interview with Jaime J. Bautista, President & Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Philippine Airlines (PAL) HD video of the interior and exterior of a Thai Vietjet Airbus A320-200.
Thai AirAsia X A330-300 PAL President & COO Thai Vietjet A320-200
Inside Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner - HD Video It takes 800 workers between 65 and 80 days to assemble, install, test, paint, furnish and deliver an Emirates Airbus A380. Showers, Bars, Lounge - The Emirates Airbus A380 Has Them All - HD Video Tour Thai Airways International Takes Delivery of Brand New Boeing 777-300ER
Qatar Airways B787 Emirates A380 Thai Airways B777-300ER
Latest Travel News
Copyright © 1997-2017