Highlights from Summer ICHRIE Conference at the Gaylord Texan
As I write this article, today is my third week as the new President. I will begin by saying I am both honored and excited to be the new President. I want to thank our former President, Tina, for her great leadership over the last year. Thank you to the board members for their trust and confidence in electing me to this position. I have served the APacCHRIE board for eight years and have been in different roles over the years. I started as an Area Consultant and moved to Director of Research, Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President and now President. I promise that I shall do my best to lead and serve APacCHRIE in the coming year as the new President.
I would like to start by saying that we had a wonderful APacCHRIE conference in Bangkok, Thailand on May 11–13, 2016. The 14th APacCHRIE conference was hosted by the Dusit Thani College in Bangkok, Thailand. There were more than 350 delegates from 30 countries and regions attending the conference. Delegates came from Asia, Oceania, Europe, America and the Middle East. The conference was truly international and highlighted the unique feature of APacCHRIE. The conference started with a keynote speech by Prof. Kaye Chon about Blue Ocean in hospitality and tourism education programs. His speech inspired many delegates about how the future of education programs should be. The industry session by Mr. Chanin Donavanik, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Executive Committee Dusit International and Mr. Siradej Donavanik, Assistant Director–Project Investment, Dusit International was very inspiring too. A number of workshops, concurrent sessions and panel sessions were also held during the conference.
I would like to congratulate Mr. Chanin Donavanik, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Dusit International, who received the inaugural APacCHRIE Lifetime Achievement Award. Sponsored by the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the APacCHRIE Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a distinguished individual with outstanding contributions to the hospitality and tourism industry and education in the Asia–Pacific region as well as to APacCHRIE. Mr. Chanin Donavanik has made a great contribution to both the hotel industry internationally and also to the education sector. Under his leadership in his previous role as Chief Executive Officer, Dusit International had many significant hotel developments not just within Thailand but also worldwide. The Dusit International also owns and operates Dusit Thani College; the Le School, the Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School, in partnership with the famous Paris-based institute; and the Dusit Thani Hotel School, Thailand’s first hospitality school based on ASEAN Common Competency Standards for Tourism Professionals. I would also like to thank the Conference organizing team of Dusit Thani for their hard work and wonderful job. Of course, I would also like to thank all the sponsors and delegates who attended the conference.
Looking ahead, I am proud to announce our 2017 APacCHRIE conference. It will be hosted by STPBI University in Bali, Indonesia during May 31 to June 2, 2017. The conference venue will be in the Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua, a lavish 5-star beachfront resort with gorgeously landscaped pools and gardens against an immaculate stretch of white sand bordering the Indian Ocean. We are Calling For Papers now. For more information, please visit our APacCHRIE website www.apacchrie.org.
We are looking forward to seeing all of you in Bali, Indonesia on May 31, 2017.
Siu-Ian (Amy) So
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