School of Hotel and Tourism Management 
The Chinese University of Hong Kong 

Newsletter   February 2009 
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Teaching Hotel

A report on soft opening of Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin

The mission of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at CUHK is to connect business theories to hospitality practices. In line with the mission of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at CUHK, the Teaching Hotel project aims to connect business theories to hospitality practices. There are two components in the Teaching Hotel project- hotel facilities and teaching facilities. We are pleased to report the soft opening of Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin, hotel facilities of Teaching Hotel Project, on the February 11, 2009.

The mission of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at CUHK is to connect business theories to hospitality practices. As a commitment, CUHK regards the Teaching Hotel project as a necessary condition for SHTM to be successful. The Teaching Hotel project enables regular and frequent interaction between theory and practice, and provides a multidimensional, longitudinal and experimental base for research and education. It also facilitates experiential learning and consolidates world class research and education. There are two components in the Teaching Hotel project- hotel facilities and teaching facilities. We are pleased to announce that the soft opening of hotel facilities- Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin on the February 11, 2009.

 

Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin is the first international hotel in the New Territories. It provides SHTM students an opportunity to learn from the Hyatt first via the six specially designed training rooms and then from the living 567-toom hotel facilities on a continuous basis. The teaching facilities is the first phase of the CUHK BA Block. It includes 10,000 square meters of world class conference and teaching facilities, comparable to the facilities at Cornell Hotel School. SHTM students will have first hand and most comprehensive learning through running and managing the Cafe in the teaching facilities. It provides longitudinal and experimental data as well as experiences that no internship can likely provide.

 

On February 11, 2009, representatives from Hyatt Hotel & Resorts, New World and CUHK gathered to celebrate the soft-opening of Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin. The ceremony began with Bai Sun Ceremony wishing prosperity and harmony, followed by Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Lion Dancing Performance.


Executive committee of Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin conducted the Bai Sun Ceremony together.



The Cocktail and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was officiated by (from left to right):

Professor Lawrence J. Lau, President and Vice-Chancellor, CUHK

Mr. Robert Hamer, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin

Dr. Raymond P.L. Kwok, Vice-Chairman, University Council, CUHK

Dr. Edgar W.K. Cheng, Chairman, University Council, CUHK

Dr. Kar-shun Cheng , Managing Director, New World Development Company Limited

Mr. Larry Tchou, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Hyatt International – Asia Pacific, Limited

Ms. Sonia Cheng, Principal Director – Hotel Division, New World Development Company Ltd

Mr. Michael Fong, Director, New World Hotels (Holdings) Ltd.



The Eye-dotting Ceremony.



The Lion Dance Ceremony.



A snap shot of Mr. Robert Hamer, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin.

 

Press release of soft-opening of Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin is available at http://www3.baf.cuhk.edu.hk/htm/news/doc/SoftOpeningPR.pdf.

Offical homepage of Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin official homepage is available at http://hongkong.shatin.hyatt.com.