EI Regional Partner in Tianjin, China, Hosts Hospitality Education Forum
The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute's (EI) tour of China continued with a visit to Tianjin, where executives participated in the International Forum of Hospitality Education Exchange at Nankai University. The forum was hosted by EI's regional partner, Eastern PY (Tianjin) Enterprises Management Co., Ltd. Forum attendees included professors, general managers from Tianjin-area hotels, and government officials.
presented by Dr. Bai Changchong, dean of the College of Tourism and Service Management at Nankai University. Leon Shi, EI's country manager for China, introduced EI's training products, academic courses, and professional certifications to the participants, while Steve Hood, STR Global, presented a forecast for the Tianjin hotel industry and introduced the Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA). Following the conference, STR and EI hosted a Train the Trainer workshop for Nankai University professors so they can offer the program to their students.
Other speakers included:
• Mr. Chai Li, Tianjin Municipal Tourism Bureau, Department of
• Mr. Christian Metzner, general manager of the Astor Hotel, China's oldest hotel, who discussed how training has evolved to meet guest expectations. The Astor Hotel is part of Starwood's luxury collection.
• Dr. Percival Darby, assistant dean, Marriott Tianjin China Program, Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Florida International University.
The EI team will conclude its Greater China 10th Anniversary tour with visits to partners and schoolsin Beijing.
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