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New Home for Hong Kongs PolyU

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The Hong Kong Polytechnic Universitys (PolyU) School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) is moving to new premises this month. SHTMs new home is located at:

School of Hotel and Tourism Management
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
17 Science Museum Road
Tsim Sha Tsui East
Kowloon, Hong Kong

SHTMs new education model, with Hotel ICON at its heart, will help to improve hospitality and tourism education everywhere. Hotel ICON is the teaching and research hotel built for the SHTM by PolyU. The University has undertaken a unique project over the past several years to develop dedicated premises for the SHTM to further enhance its world leadership position in hospitality and tourism education and to embrace the strong demand for its further contribution to Hong Kong, the region and the world. The result is an impressive complex of 28 storeys comprising three components: the SHTM home base, the teaching and research hotel and the PolyU staff quarters. Hotel ICON has already become an impressive part of the Tsim Sha Tsui East skyline.

Professor Timothy Tong, President of the PolyU, said, With Asia emerging as the global centre of excellence in hospitality and tourism business, we see the need to advance both education and research in hotel and tourism management ... I am confident that the School, with the commitment of all concerned, will make Hotel ICON an internationally recognised brand as the best teaching and research hotel in the world.

Echoing Professor Tongs remarks, Professor Kaye Chon, Chair Professor and Director of the SHTM, said, As a purpose-driven School, we are constantly pushing into new areas. We are confident that the international status of the School as a world-class institution will be further strengthened through the success of Hotel ICON.

PolyUs School of Hotel and Tourism Management is one of the world-leading providers of hospitality and tourism education. It is ranked No. 2 in the world among hotel and tourism schools based on research and scholarship, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research in November 2009.

With 60 academic staff drawing from 18 countries, the School offers programmes at levels ranging from PhD to Higher Diploma. It was awarded the 2003 International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators Institutional Achievement Award in recognition of its significant contribution to tourism education, and is designated by United Nations World Tourism Organisation as one of its global Education and Training Centres.

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