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Student-run international conference and forum a success

HONG KONG 2016 was officially opened by: (from left) Anthony Lau, Executive Director, Hong Kong Tourism Board; James Lu, Executive Director, Hong Kong Hotels Association; Michael Li, Executive Director, The Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners; Emily Mo, Assistant Commissioner for Tourism, Tourism Commission; Professor Timothy W. Tong, PolyU President; Professor Kaye Chon, SHTM Dean and Chair Professor and Conference Chairman; Professor Dennis Reynolds, Dean of Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, University of Houston; and Jeremy Tredinnick, Editor of Business Traveller Asia-Pacific.
HONG KONG 2016 was officially opened by: (from left) Anthony Lau, Executive Director, Hong Kong Tourism Board; James Lu, Executive Director, Hong Kong Hotels Association; Michael Li, Executive Director, The Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners; Emily Mo, Assistant Commissioner for Tourism, Tourism Commission; Professor Timothy W. Tong, PolyU President; Professor Kaye Chon, SHTM Dean and Chair Professor and Conference Chairman; Professor Dennis Reynolds, Dean of Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, University of Houston; and Jeremy Tredinnick, Editor of Business Traveller Asia-Pacific.

The HONG KONG 2016: 2nd Global Tourism & Hospitality Conference and 15th Asia Pacific Forum for Graduate Students Research in Tourism, organised by 53 undergraduate students from the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), concluded after a successful three-day run from 16-18 May.

The event, which was held at Hotel ICON in Hong Kong, saw over 350 attendees - educators, thought leaders, students and industry professionals - from 30 countries and regions.  

Following the conference's opening ceremony, which was officiated by Professor Timothy W. Tong, PolyU President; Professor Kaye Chon and other prominent industry figures, a series of six plenary and panel sessions, as well as a number of paper and poster presentations, where more than 130 papers were presented, was held. 

One of the highlights include Plenary Session II, titled "Internationalisation of Hospitality and Tourism Education: Global Perspectives", which was chaired by Professor Hanqin Qiu from SHTM. 

Featured speakers during the session include Dean Kaye Chon; Professor Fabien Fresnel, Chief Academic Officer of Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne; Professor Guillermo Graglia, Dean of the School of Hotel Management, Tourism and Gastronomy at the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola Lima; Kathy Pugh, Vice President of Education Services, edX; and Professor Dennis Reynolds, Dean of the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston. 

Plenary Session II in progress.
Plenary Session II in progress.

At the gala dinner held after the conference's closing ceremony, the 15th APF Undergraduate Student Best Research Paper Award Presentation was held. Three students were awarded for their high-quality research in tourism and hospitality-related fields. 
The first-prize winner, Katherine Devenish from Bournemouth University, UK, submitted a paper titled "Barriers and Facilitators to Event Greening Practices within the Corporate Sphere."

In closing the conference, Dean Kaye Chon said, "The SHTM considers it vital to unite industry partners, educators, researchers, alumni and students in a way that facilitates dialogue, idea exchanges and partnerships for all those who are involved in hospitality and tourism development." 

He added, "We will continue to play a leading role in furthering innovative development of the industry."