On 20 November, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management hosted a Gala Cocktail at the Peninsula Hotel, celebrating its 20th Anniversary with over 200 guests that included government officials, industry leaders, academia, alumni and many more.
Prof. David Chan, Director of School of Hotel and Tourism Management opened the evening by welcoming distinguished guests, colleagues, and alumni, followed by remarks by The Hon Matthew Cheung Kin-chung GBS JP, Chief Secretary for Administration, HKSAR; Ms. Sonia Cheng, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Hotel and Tourism Management, CUHK Business School, CEO of Rosewood Hotel Group; and school founder Prof. Kam-hon Lee, Emeritus Professor of Marketing at CUHK Business School; as well as Prof. Kalok Chan, Dean of CUHK Business School and Wei Lun Professor of Finance.
Apart from congratulating the School on its 20 years of successful development, these four speakers also acknowledged and thanked former and current programme directors, professors, students, and staff members for their outstanding contribution that has made the School what it is today.
Ms. Sonia Cheng remarked about how new hotels and brands have injected some much-needed vibrancy into the markets, while existing hotels face further rate pressure and manpower constraints, calling for the industry to continue to innovate in all aspects, and acknowledging how the School has been grooming leaders for the industry.
Dean Chan added that the School of Hotel and Tourism Management was established in 1998, a year that most will remember as one of Hong Kong’s toughest years when the Asian financial crisis swept through, yet also opened up new opportunities. Two decades later, establishing the School is now seen as a far-sighted action. Prof. Chan expressed confidence that under the leadership of Prof. David Chan, the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at CUHK Business School is poised to expand its regional global reach and reputation.