Asia Pacific CHRIE Federation
The APac-Euro Joint Conference in Hong Kong & Vice President Elected
Peter Kim, Immediate Past President, APacCHRIE Federation
Greetings from Auckland, New Zealand!
Last month (22–25 May), the historic APacCHRIE-EuroCHRIE Joint Conference was very successfully hosted by the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, with more than 740 international delegates from over 42 countries. The conference was well received in an exciting and inspiring conference programme that really encapsulated the conference theme: ‘East meets West in Hospitality and Tourism Education’.
At the Gala Dinner, an APacCHRIE Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed on Dr Jennifer Cronin, President of Wharf Hotels. A native of Australia and a long-time career professional in hospitality, Jennifer is a “scholar-leader” and one of those rare CEOs who fully understands both sides of the world of hospitality – the academic and industry sides.
I would like to thank all the organising host and conference committee and students for their excellent work, all the board members who have spared their valuable time and effort to prepare for the conference, and last but not least, all the delegates who flew from their countries to attend the conference. Without any of you, the conference would not have been successful.
I am pleased to introduce Ms Margaret Heng, who has been elected vice president of APacCHRIE.
Ms Margaret Heng is currently the executive director of the Singapore Hotel Association (SHA) and chief executive of SHATEC, the International Hotel & Tourism School in Singapore established by SHA.
She has been with the Association for more than 30 years. Ms Heng works closely with the SHA Board to set directions and implement policies established by the Board. Her responsibilities include working closely with the membership to execute projects relating to manpower, productivity, marketing, image building, human resource training and development, service quality, environment, fire safety and security, conducting research, making representations, and the dissemination of information.
In addition, Ms Heng also liaises with government departments, statutory boards and other associations as well as private organizations on behalf of the membership. As CE of SHATEC for the last eight years, Ms Heng is responsible for the management and operations of the school. Ms Heng also works directly with the SHATEC Board to put in place policies and strategies for SHATEC to support the training and development of talent for the hotel industry.
In 2007, Ms Heng was conferred a Public Service Medal Award by the President of Singapore for her contribution to the National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council (NFEC). She was also awarded the John Harris Fellowship by Rotary International in 1999. In 2014, she was awarded the SPRING Singapore Merit Award for her contributions to the Singapore Standardisation Programme.
In 2017, Ms Heng was conferred a Public Service Star (BBM) Award by the President of Singapore in recognition of her contribution to the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), under the purview of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
I am very certain that Ms Heng will make a significant contribution to APacCHRIE as a new leader following the incoming president of APacCHRIE, Prof Pearl Lin, the President of National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism.
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Peter B Kim
President of APacCHRIE
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