School of Hotel and Tourism Management

Organisation profile

Organisation profile

"As a global centre of excellence in hospitality and tourism education and research, we serve our industry and academic communities through the advancement of education and dissemination of knowledge".

For 40 years, the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has refined our distinctive vision of hospitality and tourism education, becoming a symbol of excellence in the field. From our humble beginnings as a diploma-conferring department, the SHTM has risen to become one of the largest hospitality and tourism schools in Asia, and amongst the top such schools worldwide. With more than 70 academics drawing from 21 countries and regions, the School ranks among the top hotel and tourism schools in the world, exemplifying our motto of Leading Hospitality and Tourism

More than 1,400 students are enrolled in the SHTM. All of our world-class academic staff possess hospitality or tourism industry managerial experience, an important quality in an educational programme that provides practical and specialised business education.

Our active Advisory Committees consist of international industry leaders and educators, who advise us on curriculum and development matters. This guidance helps ensure that our curricula mirror the realities and fulfill the needs of our industry, both for today and the future.

While we are committed to achieving global excellence in hospitality and tourism education, we continue to forge strong synergies between the industry, PolyU, students and academic staff – partnerships that are at the heart of our success.

Through Hotel ICON, our groundbreaking teaching and research hotel and a vital aspect of our paradigm-shifting approach to hospitality and tourism education, we are advancing teaching, learning and research, and inspiring a new generation of passionate, pioneering professionals to take their positions as leaders in the hospitality and tourism industry. With it, we are moving from pursuing a vision of hospitality and tourism education to becoming a truly global icon.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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