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Asia Pacific CHRIE Federation


Peter Beomcheol Kim
Auckland University of Technology

APacCHRIE Updates: Saddle up your horses!

Greetings from Auckland, New Zealand. For my first Communique article, I’d like to share with ICHRIE friends some updates as well as a brief history of APacCHRIE.

APacCHRIE, founded in 2002 by Prof Kaye Chon, has been a federation of ICHRIE since 2006. Numerous individuals, including the past 16 presidents, have worked hard to make APacCHRIE what it is today. The current APacCHRIE board (2018–2019) was elected during the annual conference in Guangzhou, China, where a total of 329 scholars, industry practitioners and students attended from over 20 countries during 31 May – 2 June 2018.

APacCHRIE Board 2018–2019
Last year, both APacCHRIE and EuroCHRIE awarded the first ever APacCHRIE and EuroCHRIE joint conference, to be held in 2019, to the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. I am delighted to announce the joint conference dates: 22–25 May 2019 in Hong Kong SAR, China—please put this on your calendar! To be held concurrently with the 4th Global Tourism & Hospitality Conference, the APac-EuroCHRIE conference carries the theme of ‘East Meets West in Hospitality and Tourism Education’ and welcome papers from a broad range of topics related to tourism and hospitality.

I believe that this joint global conference will allow the whole ICHRIE family to experience a new level of international conference for a very affordable registration fee (for example, the early-bird member rate is less than 400 USD). For more information about the conference, please visit, and expect more exciting news in upcoming issues of Communique.

I feel truly fortunate that, together with my fellow board members and supported by past presidents, I have the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing success of APacCHRIE. I believe that in the years ahead APacCHRIE, in partnership with other federations, will make a meaningful contribution to ICHRIE becoming a truly global organization for hospitality and tourism educators. I conclude with the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, who told us, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Do you believe in what you hope to achieve in the years ahead?  Then, saddle up your horses!

Peter Kim, President of APacCHRIE (

Past Presidents
Founding Chairman (2002–2003), Kaye Chon

Past Presidents:
(2003–2004) – Eliza Ching-Yick Tse
(2004–2005) – Ilsun Yang
(2005–2006) – Carol Pido
(2006–2007) – Wen Zhang  
(2007–2008) – Vikneswaran Nair
(2008–2009) – Jeou-Shyan Horng
(2009–2010) – Perry Hobson
(2010–2011) – Manat Chaisawat
(2011–2012) – Andy Nazarechuk
(2012–2013) – Evangeline E. Timbang
(2013–2014) – Alan Williams
(2014–2015) – Qu Xiao
(2015–2016) – Christina Aquino
(2016–2017) – Amy So
(2017–2018) – Samir Thapa (Immediate Past President, 2018–2019)

APacCHRIE board 2018–2019
President – Dr Peter Kim
Vice President – Prof Pearl Lin
Secretary – Prof Sam Kim
Treasurer – Ms Joji Bian
Director of Education – Prof Lin Wang
Director of Industry Relations – Dr James Mabey
Director of Marketing – Prof Sunny Ham
Director of Membership – Dr Henry Tsai
Director of Networking – Prof Parikshat Manhas  
Director of Research – Dr Bongkosh Rittichainuwat
Area Consultant I: PRC/Taiwan/Korea/Japan – Dr Gyumin Lee
Area Consultant II: Indian sub-continent – Prof Manohar Sajnani
Area Consultant III: Oceania – Dr Warren Goodsir
Area Consultant IV: South East Asia – Dr Prathana Kannaovakun
Australia – Dr Richard Robinson
China – Prof Jingyan Liu
Hong Kong SAR, China – Dr Shuo Wang
Japan – Dr Hiroaki Saito
Macau SAR, China – Dr Lawrence Fong
Philippines – Prof Shirley Guevarra
Singapore – Ms Margaret Heng
South Korea – Prof Kyungsoo Han
Taiwan – Dr Arthur Wang
Thailand – Mr Sakda Kanjanawanawan
Vietnam – Dr Thu Thi Trinh


Federation Overview
Meet the APacCHRIE Board



November 2017

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