Message from the Federation President
As we say goodbye to 2013 here’s hoping everyone has had a great start to 2014. As it turned out 2013 was an interesting and eventful year for APacCHRIE and our members. Many exciting things have taken place however below is an attempt to provide a short summary of some of the key activities undertaken:
- We held our first Board meeting for the year in Macau at the 2013 conference host venue – University of Macau, or UMAC as it is affectionately known. This vibrant meeting set the scene for the Board to pursue a number of initiatives to be undertaken throughout the year.
- During this Board meeting Board members also considered applications to host the 2014 conference. The 2014 conference has been awarded to Taylors University Malaysia. I encourage as many ICHRIE members as possible to attend the event as it promises to not only be a great event but also will provide you a true taste of Asian hospitality. Further details can be obtained from: Dr. Chong Li Choo, Conference Secretariat, School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, Taylor’s University, Lakeside Campus, Email: Apacfirstname.lastname@example.org, or simply visit this years conference website: http://www.taylors.edu.my/tchtevents2014/apacchrie/apacchrie-main.html.
- APacCHRIE is also fortunate to have great interest from its members who have been keen to bid future conferences and also considered an application from New Zealand for the 2015 conference and an application from Taiwan to host the 2016 conference. Watch this space as 2014 progresses.
- Thanks to Dr Amy So (APacCHRIE Treasurer) and a number of her colleagues at the University of Macau, 2013 saw the hosting of a very successful 11th APacCHRIE Conference - Macau in May, 2013. This year the main conference was once again combined with the APacCHRIE Youth conference. The conference was well attended and provided the larger ICHRIE community opportunity to meet, explore and foster new knowledge creation.
- In August 2013 we reached out to our members with our member satisfaction survey conducted by APacCHRIE Secretary, Mrs Christina Aquino. This survey was well supported and the important feedback we received has enabled us start developing ways in which to implement a number of new initiatives aimed at not only maintaining our current membership but also at growing our members with an emphasis on two of the worlds largest populations, China and India. The Board meeting in January in Kaoching Taiwan will explore and ratify these important considerations.
- Expanding on collaboration opportunities; Dr Qu Xiao met with Richard Ginioux, the new President of Euro CHRIE, and Robert Wetterauer (Director of Marketing and Communications) in St Louis. This was followed up with a further discussion in Freiburg at the EuroCHRIE conference and the conversations were open and encouraging in exploring ways in which EuroCHRIE and APacCHRIE might better work together in the future.
- Dr Seongseop (Samuel) Kim, APacCHRIE Director of Research and Dr Amy So, Macau conference Chair have worked together and sent selected papers to the JHTE editorial Board for consideration. These papers were selected from the best papers presented during the 2013 conference.
- Congratulations also goes to Dr. Parikshat Singh Manhas, Associate Professor, University of Jammu has been selected as the APacCHRIE representative on the ICHRIE Research Reports Editorial Board.
Finally, I would like to again thank the ICHRIE Board for the introduction of the Emerging Nations rate in 2012. I would however like to reach out to the larger ICHRIE family and remind everyone let’s not forget that although APacCHRIE is the youngest of the Federations (becoming a Federation at ICHRIE’s 60th annual conference in July 2006), APacCHRIE proudly operates throughout the Asia Pacific region. This region although dynamic is also geographically linked to a disproportionate number of new and emerging nations. It is on this basis that I urge all members of ICHRIE to assist us in finding ways in which we can grow the larger ICHRIE community through embracing new members and communities whose monthly salary does not, in some cases, even cover the cost of an annual ICHRIE membership fee. We truly need to find a way to embrace this challenge as we continue to grow as an organization.
On that note, I look forward to seeing you all in Kuala Lumpur in May 2014.