PolyU to Host AP Forum for Graduate Students Research in Tourism and Int. Convention & Expo Summit 2012

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Twenty-five undergraduate students from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)s School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) make up an organising committee that will take charge and run the 11th Asia Pacific Forum for Graduate Students Research in Tourism (APF) and International Convention & Expo Summit 2012 (ICES), scheduled to take place in Hong Kong in May 2012.

The two events will be combined into a two-in-one conference. With the support of the schools faculty members, the committee is in charge of the whole conference, from planning to execution, providing an invaluable opportunity for the students to show their passion for running the conference and creating a unique experience for delegates.

Taking the theme Initiate Connecting Opportunities Now!, this unique conference will be held concurrently at Hotel ICON, the teaching and research hotel built for the SHTM by PolyU, from 22 to 24 May 2012. During the period, delegates from various backgrounds and countries will exchange insights and explore networking opportunities.

Among key topics featured at the keynote and panel sessions are:

Recent Developments in Convention Venues
Contemporary Design for Convention Venues
Influence of Social Media in Hospitality Industry
Destination Marketing for MICE and Tourism
Forecasting for the Tourism Arrival in Asia
Current Issues in Post-graduate Education in Hospitality and Tourism
New Technologies in Research and MICE Industry

Many prominent international and local scholars and experts have been invited as speakers of the conference, to name just a few:

Professor Rohit Verma, Professor, Executive Director for The Center for Hospitality Research, School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University
Professor Judith Long, Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Dr Andy Nazarechuk, President, APacCHRIE
Professor Kaye Chon, Dean and Chair Professor, SHTM, PolyU
Miss Rosanna Law, Deputy Commissioner for Tourism, Hong Kong SAR Government
Mr Daniel Cheung, Chairman, Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Industry Association

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