5 Reasons to Study Hotel and Tourism Management in Hong Kong

Stephanie Lukins

Updated June 12, 2020 Updated June 12

Sponsored by the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Whether it’s for relaxation or business, if you travel the world today, you’ll be interacting with one of the world’s most dynamic and global industries. The hospitality and tourism sector has boomed in recent years, with China in particular being recognized as “the leading domestic tourism market in the world,” according to a report published at the end of 2018 by the World Travel and Tourism Council.

If you’re considering a career in this growing field, there’s no better place to study than Hong Kong. Its thriving economy, prime location in the heart of the Asia-Pacific region and traditionally welcoming nature, make it a top study destination for aspiring hoteliers and hospitality managers.

Prime location in the heart of the Asia-Pacific region

Where east meets west: Hong Kong is a central hub with excellent transport links on both a local and international scale. It’s also ranked 12th in the QS Best Student Cities 2018, and is considered to be one of Asia’s most sophisticated and multilingual cities, thanks to its iconic skyline, wealth of cultured restaurants and emerald green landscapes.

It’s a five-star education hub

From food and beverages, to airline lounges and luxurious spas, the hotel and tourism industry is incredibly broad – something which the city of Hong Kong itself offers in abundance. The city is a vibrant and sophisticated foundation for The Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management – one of the most desired destinations in the world for students pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in international hospitality and tourism education.

Ranked in the top three in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018: Hospitality & Leisure Management, the School of Hotel and Tourism Management boasts a number of postgraduate programs that have been designed to meet the industry’s demands for professionals with excellent tourism expertise and professional management skillset.

Its very own innovative and unique teaching and research hotel emphasizes the practical elements of learning with introduction of Hotel ICON in 2011, allowing students to gain imperative hands-on learning experience and strong work ethic. Its various research projects and three dedicated “Tomorrow’s Guestrooms” help revolutionize, develop and illustrate the School’s new technologies, hotel designs and business concepts within the world of hotel management.

You can perfect your hospitality and tourism management expertise

The world of hospitality and tourism is a sophisticated industry where attention to detail is imperative and having a passion for people while delivering first-class service is also critical.

Over the course of your degree you’ll perfect a multitude of skills, from your ability to judge a vital business decision, to how to offer a warm welcome to every guest.

A career in hotel and tourism management offers as many accolades as it does challenges with no two days ever being the same. Given the thousands of people you’ll meet from a range of cultures and communities from all over the world, and the increasing need for those within the industry to be familiar with the Asian consumer market in particular, it’s vital you find a degree program that can prepare you for these demands. The School of Hotel and Tourism Management’s postgraduate programs offer a number of modules which do just that. 

Get to grips with a new language (or two)

Studying in Hong Kong also means you’ll find yourself sandwiched between two of the world’s most spoken languages – Chinese and English. Being fluent in English is a must should you wish to pursue a career in hotel and tourism management, while being proficient in a second widely-spoken language is particularly advantageous considering how business travel is becoming just as popular as recreational travel.

The majority of master’s and doctoral programs in Hong Kong allow you to study in English meaning you get the best of both worlds when it comes to upping your language skills. Indeed, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Hotel and Tourism Management, Doctor of Hotel and Tourism Management (D.HTM), Master of Science in International Hospitality Management, Master of Science in Global Hospitality Business, Master of Science in International Tourism and Convention Management and Master of Science in International Wine Management at the School of Hotel and Tourism Management in Hong Kong are all taught in English.

Endless travel opportunities

The hotel and tourism industry can be as local as it is global, meaning you’ll have opportunities to work around the world as little or as much as you like. When it comes to education opportunities, the chance to gain that all important international experience, in some cases, is essential.

Master of Science in Global Hospitality Business students are able to study in three institutions across three continents to ensure they’re fully engaging with the industry on a global scale.

This article was originally published in February 2019 . It was last updated in January 2020

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As the sponsored content writer for TopUniversities.com and TopMBA.com , Stephanie creates and publishes a wide range of articles for universities and business schools across the world. She attended the University of Portsmouth where she earned a BA in English Language and an MA in Communication and Applied Linguistics. 

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