Members enjoyed a guided visit of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University's School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) and its teaching and research hotel, Hotel ICON, on 27 July. Dean Kaye Chon of SHTM, who hosted the Chamber delegation, briefed members on the School’s mission on and approach to nurturing students to be future hospitality leaders before conducting a tour of the School’s broad range of training facilities and resources, which included the Chee-woo Lui Hotel and Tourism Resource Centre, Bistro 1979, Vinoteca Lab and Gallery of Honour. Members were also provided with the opportunity of visiting Hotel ICON to understand the hospitality industry’s response to operating under the ‘new normal’ of COVID-induced conditions.
Ms Zaf Chow, Director of Digital Strategy and Partnerships at Animoca Brands, shared with the audience a glimpse of the increasingly popular metaverse and how it can facilitate the trading of true digital ownership by applying blockchain technology. She also introduced new concepts such as Play-to-Earn (P2E) and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) to the audience and explained how they could revolutionise the way businesses operate and engage with users.
Members enjoyed an insightful session on 19 January with Mr Harry Lin, Principal Assistant Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Commerce and Industry)1 on the Government’s supportive measures and policy initiatives to the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) industry since the outbreak of Covid-19, as well as the Government’s long-term development plans for new venue spaces in AsiaWorld-Expo and Wan Chai North for the MICE industry.