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About School of Hotel and Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

When it comes to raising your qualifications in the tourism and hospitality industry, you need to be where the action is. That’s Asia, the world’s fastest growing region for tourism.

With its key role of regional airline hub and gateway to Mainland China, vibrant blend of Eastern culture and Western sophistication, there's no better place to ride this "Asian Wave" than Hong Kong.

Rated No. 1 in the world in the “Hospitality and Tourism Management” category according to ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022 for the sixth consecutive year, placed No. 1 globally in the “Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services” category in the University Ranking by Academic Performance in 2022/2023 for six years in a row, rated No. 1 in the world in the “Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism” subject area by the CWUR Rankings by Subject 2017, and ranked No. 1 in Asia in the “Hospitality and Leisure Management” subject area in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024, the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is uniquely positioned to not only ride the Asian wave, but also to lead it in educational excellence. 

For over 40 years, the SHTM has refined a distinctive vision of hospitality and tourism education and become a symbol of excellence in the field, exemplifying its motto of Leading Hospitality and Tourism. Through Hotel ICON, the SHTM’s groundbreaking teaching and research hotel and a vital aspect of its paradigm-shifting approach to hospitality and tourism education, the School is advancing teaching, learning and research, inspiring a new generation of passionate, pioneering professionals to take their positions as leaders in the hospitality and tourism industry.

So let the School’s strong international team of 90+ academics from diverse cultural backgrounds take your career path to new heights.

Come crest the wave in Hong Kong!

Programmes available

Undergraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

- Bachelor of Science (BSc) (Hons) Scheme in Hotel and Tourism Management 

The multi-disciplinary programme has three specialisms and two secondary majors:

  • Specialisms: Hotel Management, Smart Tourism and Hospitality, and Event and Experience Management
  • Secondary Majors: Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship 


Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programmes

- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Hotel and Tourism Management

- Doctor of Hotel and Tourism Management (D.HTM)

- Master of Science (MSc) in Global Hospitality Business

- MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Hospitality

MSc in International Hospitality Management

- MSc in International Tourism and Convention Management

- MSc in International Wine Management

- MSc in Luxury Experiences Management

- MicroMasters in International Hospitality Management (Online programme on edX)

About School of Hotel and Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

When it comes to raising your qualifications in the tourism and hospitality industry, you need to be where the action is. That’s Asia, the world’s fastest growing region for tourism.

With its key role of regional airline hub and gateway to Mainland China, vibrant blend of Eastern culture and Western sophistication, there's no better place to ride this "Asian Wave" than Hong Kong.

Rated No. 1 in the world in the “Hospitality and Tourism Management” category according to ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022 for the sixth consecutive year, placed No. 1 globally in the “Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services” category in the University Ranking by Academic Performance in 2022/2023 for six years in a row, rated No. 1 in the world in the “Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism” subject area by the CWUR Rankings by Subject 2017, and ranked No. 1 in Asia in the “Hospitality and Leisure Management” subject area in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024, the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is uniquely positioned to not only ride the Asian wave, but also to lead it in educational excellence. 

For over 40 years, the SHTM has refined a distinctive vision of hospitality and tourism education and become a symbol of excellence in the field, exemplifying its motto of Leading Hospitality and Tourism. Through Hotel ICON, the SHTM’s groundbreaking teaching and research hotel and a vital aspect of its paradigm-shifting approach to hospitality and tourism education, the School is advancing teaching, learning and research, inspiring a new generation of passionate, pioneering professionals to take their positions as leaders in the hospitality and tourism industry.

So let the School’s strong international team of 90+ academics from diverse cultural backgrounds take your career path to new heights.

Come crest the wave in Hong Kong!

Programmes available

Undergraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

- Bachelor of Science (BSc) (Hons) Scheme in Hotel and Tourism Management 

The multi-disciplinary programme has three specialisms and two secondary majors:

  • Specialisms: Hotel Management, Smart Tourism and Hospitality, and Event and Experience Management
  • Secondary Majors: Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship 


Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programmes

- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Hotel and Tourism Management

- Doctor of Hotel and Tourism Management (D.HTM)

- Master of Science (MSc) in Global Hospitality Business

- MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Hospitality

MSc in International Hospitality Management

- MSc in International Tourism and Convention Management

- MSc in International Wine Management

- MSc in Luxury Experiences Management

- MicroMasters in International Hospitality Management (Online programme on edX)

Available programs

The SHTM’s Bachelor of Science (Hons) Scheme in Hotel and Tourism Management is multi-disciplinary and equips students with the professional knowledge and skills for a broad range of complex, managerial and specialised work activities in the hotel and tourism industry. The BSc programme has three specialisms: Hotel Management, Smart Tourism and Hospitality, and Event and Experience Management and two secondary majors: Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Students of the School not only enjoy diverse opportunities for international exposure and practical experience in their chosen professions, they are also recognised throughout the world for the calibre of their learning. The School’s International Student Exchange Programme enables them to live and learn in another culture and country, while the various Industry Placement opportunities let them gain knowledge and practical experience from some of the best names in the hospitality industry around the world. Study Tours are also available to SHTM students which allow them to experience different styles of hospitality first-hand in exciting locations. The opportunity of learning and working at Hotel ICON, the School’s unlike-any-other teaching and research hotel, makes it all the more exciting.

- Bachelor of Science (Hons) Scheme in Hotel and Tourism Management

Come explore your future with SHTM!

The hotel and tourism sectors are in a profound period of change. Industry professionals now more than ever before have to lead and manage many situations. Of crucial importance are the skills required to identify and capitalise on opportunities and to respond effectively to challenges.

 

The SHTM is a world-leading educational institution that provides an international and dynamic learning environment where students can fully realise their potential and have their talents recognised. The doctoral and Master’s programmes offered at the SHTM are certainly an ideal stepping stone to the top tiers of the hospitality and tourism profession.

 

The SHTM offer a wide range of postgraduate programmes to those who strive to extend the frontiers of their knowledge and advance their careers. The School’s exceptional programmes are:

 

- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Hotel and Tourism Management

- Doctor of Hotel and Tourism Management (D.HTM)

- Master of Science (MSc) in Global Hospitality Business

- MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Hospitality

- MSc in International Hospitality Management

- MSc in International Tourism and Convention Management

- MSc in International Wine Management

- MSc in Luxury Experiences Management

- MicroMasters in International Hospitality Management (Online programme on edX)

University information

Whether you are a high school student, a college student currently enrolled in another programme, or an industry professional looking to earn your next degree or certificate, you will find in the SHTM a world-class institution offering world-leading programmes to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

For details of SHTM’s academic programmes, please visit: https://www.polyu.edu.hk/shtm/study


For admission and application details of the School’s undergraduate and postgraduates programmes, please visit http://www.polyu.edu.hk/study


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Wholly owned by PolyU and an extension of the SHTM, Hotel ICON is a unique teaching and research hotel offering a fully integrated teaching and learning approach to education. Officially opened in September 2011, Hotel ICON is located in the same building complex as the SHTM campus.

As the world's first co-located, co-lead programme offered in a teaching and research hotel, Hotel ICON provides a dynamic environment to inspire a new generation of passionate pioneering hoteliers and students who will one day take their positions as leaders in the hospitality and tourism sector.

With the establishment of Hotel ICON, the SHTM's leadership role in hospitality research has been enhanced.  Research projects with different foci have already been implemented in the hotel. Three dedicated guestrooms – "Tomorrow's Guestrooms" – have been set up to facilitate more in-depth research into the application of advanced concepts in the field of hotel management for the advancement of the entire industry.

In the pursuit of research excellence, the SHTM established the Hospitality and Tourism Research Centre (HTRC) to further consolidate its research prowess, which has long been recognised as one of the School’s significant strengths. With a view to bridging the gap between hospitality and tourism theory and industry practice, the HTRC supports academic research for the advancement and development of hospitality and tourism knowledge on topics of importance to industry performance. It is a unique research-based platform with an expansive network of hospitality and tourism academics from the School and partner institutions, along with leading industry executives.

Combining the practical experience and endeavour of Hotel ICON and the research prowess of the SHTM, the School launched the SHTM+ICON Consultancy as yet another novel endeavour to achieve its mission in engineering knowledge transfer to the hospitality industry and other education institutes. With a world-leading team of consultants, it offers professional hospitality-related consultancy services to the industry worldwide.

Other world-class teaching and research facilities include:

The Che-woo Lui Hotel and Tourism Research Centre houses a range of hotel and tourism management related reference and teaching materials, such as books, journals, magazines, statistical reports and conference proceedings to support research, teaching and learning functions of the School.

The Tan Siu Lin Innovation Hub is equipped with state-of-the-art digital equipment and specialised software for the hospitality and tourism industry, ensuring an inspirational and flexible learning environment in which students are empowered to reach their full potentials. It ensures that SHTM students have experience using the latest technology available in the industry.

Bistro 1979 is a multi-function student-operated restaurant unit providing a “real-world” restaurant setting for students to build on the skill-sets required in F&B industry. It is also the venue for the Catering Studies Dining Society which welcomes their members and their guests. The training restaurant seats 66 persons, offering lunches and dinners during the semester according to the academic timetable.

Vinoteca Lab seats 41 persons. It is used for a variety of classes including wine appreciation. Students are taught a range of topics, from basic wine fundamentals to advanced regional and international wine knowledge and specialist skills in the F&B industry. Workshops organised by the Food and Wine Academy, an initiative by the SHTM and Hotel ICON, also take place here.

Student life

Reflections from Students and Graduates

Doctor of Philosophy in School of Hotel and Tourism Management (Ph.D.)

• “The professors are not only passionate about the industry and their research, but they are also interested in what the students are working on for their thesis and lend some ideas or questions to improve the work. After I successfully complete the programme I would like to go into academia and continue teaching and educating the future leaders of the industry.” — Dr Guy Llewellyn, Ph.D. graduate from the USA/Assistant Professor, EHL Hospitality Business School (Singapore Campus), Singapore

• “It is a unique experience to work and communicate with the peer Ph.D. students from 20 different countries of the world. I, personally, embrace the opportunity to explore 20 different lifestyles, backgrounds, and attitudes. And professionally, I get to know about diversified educational and tourism business systems of the place of origin of the students.” — Dr Hakimeh Nasiri, Ph.D. graduate from Iran/GBA Startup Postdoctoral Fellow, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

 Doctor of Hotel and Tourism Management (D.HTM)

• “A very unique strength of this programme is that faculty members are world-class experts, yet very friendly, humble and always there for us D.HTM cohorts, with a strong understanding of the ‘Asian Paradigm’ and world hospitality and tourism phenomena. I consider myself fortunate that I made D.HTM as part of my doctoral degree journey.” — Mr Proychai Klakaya, Lecturer, Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand

• “Although I have 18 years of working experience in the hospitality consulting industry, I haven’t had systematic hospitality training in my education background. The D.HTM offers me a great opportunity to supplement my academic knowledge in hospitality. I believe it will help me lead my company to advance further.” — Ms Joyce Zhao, President, Huasheng Hotel Management Consulting (Beijing) Co. Ltd., Mainland China

Master of Science (MSc) in Global Hospitality Business (MGH)

• “Learning from faculty with international background gets me exposed to a wide range of resources and broaden my horizons, which are essential for future hospitality business practitioners. We also have the opportunity to talk with industry leaders and combine theory with practice, which I believe is the biggest advantage of the programme.” — Mr Chuang Liu, MGH student from Mainland China

• “This programme has granted me with first-hand exposure to the latest industry trends of buoyant markets across Europe, Asia, and North America – shaping my regional awareness and perspectives as a global hospitality manager. From stimulating academic projects to insightful field trips, it is undeniably a once-in-a-lifetime window for students to enrich their professional journey in the hospitality industry.” — Ms Khoi Yan Phon, MGH student from Myanmar

MSc in International Hospitality Management (IHM)

• “Aside from being the gateway to Mainland China, I always perceived Hong Kong to be offering Asia’s most innovative and diverse hotel market, particularly in the luxury segment. Hong Kong is a melting pot that exposes you to both Asian and Western cultures. So seize this opportunity and experience Hong Kong and the SHTM’s programmes yourselves.” — Ms Lena Bresean, IHM student from Germany

MSc in International Tourism and Convention Management (ITCM)

• “Studying at the SHTM is my best decision ever! We are offered the chance to network with guest speakers from top hotels worldwide. Learning practical skills and working with brilliant, innovative classmates to solve real-world hospitality challenges impressed me with different perspectives every day. I’m amazed by the free, fully immersive learning experiences here at the SHTM.” — Ms Jessica Dong, ITCM student from Mainland China

MSc in International Wine Management (IWM)

•   “Coming from F&B background, I wanted to enhance my management skills, so a Master of Science in International Wine Management was my first choice. I appreciate the programme’s focus and the fact that subjects are in trend with the reality of the wine market, allowing me to interact with the wine business community and gain insight into real wine business problems and solutions.” — Mr Jose Lucas Diniz, IWM student from Portugal

MicroMasters in International Hospitality Management (MM)

•  “The #PolyUxMicroMasters has enabled me to discover the importance of communication, innovation and forward thinking, driving positive mindsets and most importantly embracing change.” — Ms Simone Louise Nabbs, MM Best Performing Online Learner from Australia/Executive Chef and Kitchen Manager, School of Hotel and Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

•  “Through #MM, I could get in touch with more in-depth concepts plus their real-life applications based on international case studies, as well as the latest trends in core aspects like people management and technological innovation. At the same time, with the MM certificate, it demonstrates the possibility of fast-tracking the MSc study in #PolyUSHTM. I am sure the MicroMasters programme will be a stepping-stone for my future development.” — Mr Gordon Kwong, MM Graduate from Hong Kong/Leadership Trainee, The Langham Hong Kong

Bachelor of Science (Hons) Scheme in Hotel and Tourism Management

• "The programme has equipped me with ample opportunities and experiences to understand my strengths and plan for my career path. The summer internships have widened my horizon and the exchange programme was the unforgettable gem. Thanks to the highly diverse student body, I have learnt diversity and inclusion during my programme. In fact, most of the ‘advantages’ come after graduation – I have connections to the School’s alumni globally." — Ms Pureanae Jang, BSc graduate from Korea/Associate Director, Valuation and Advisory Services, Colliers International Hong Kong, Hong Kong

• “Being an SHTM graduate helps us to connect and network with other alumni in the industry. As an internationally renowned school, employers recognise this and are confident in knowing that our knowledge and skillset are honed for a strong start in the industry. During my time at SHTM, all the fundamentals were covered to set me up for a good career in the hospitality industry.” — Mr Zelotes Lam, BSc graduate from Canada/Senior Manager, Operations & Efficiency, Swire Hotels, Hong Kong

Many SHTM graduates are taking leading positions in renowned organisations in hospitality and tourism as well as in academia, including:

  • Accenture
  • AlphaSight
  • Amari Phuket
  • AsiaWorld-Expo
  • Bain & Company
  • Bangkok University
  • Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts
  • Bournemouth University
  • Burapha University
  • Burberry Ltd
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Chalet Ivy
  • Chiang Mai University
  • Colliers International Hong Kong
  • Edith Cowan University
  • EHL Hospitality Business School
  • Expedia Group, Inc.
  • Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
  • Gems Nerd Co.Ltd
  • Grand Hyatt Berlin
  • Hilton Hotel and Resorts
  • Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Hong Kong Disneyland
  • Hong Kong Tourism Board
  • Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels
  • Hotel ICON
  • Hyatt Hotel Corporation
  • InterContinental Hotels Group
  • International Law Firm
  • Invest Hong Kong
  • Kon Kean University
  • Langham Hospitality Group
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Macao Institute for Tourism Studies
  • Mahidol University International College
  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
  • Marco Polo Hotels Hong Kong
  • Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO)
  • Merlin Entertainments
  • MGM Resorts International
  • Naresuan University
  • New World Development
  • Ocean Park Hong Kong
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Peruvian University of Applied Sciences
  • Prince of Songkla University
  • Rosewood Hotel Group
  • Roskilde University
  • San Francisco State University
  • Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
  • Standard International, LLC
  • Suratthani Rajabhat University
  • Swire Hotels
  • The Peninsula Tokyo
  • The Ritz-Carlton
  • TripAdvisor
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Surrey
  • W Hong Kong
  • W Singapore
  • Zhejiang University

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