Each year the SHTM honours one of its graduates for distinguished professional achievements and significant contributions to both the School and the community. The following Alumni have received Outstanding Alumni Awards.
As the Director & General Manager of Hong Thai Travel Services Limited, Mr Jason Wong has been working for the company since 2003, and has been engaged in the Tourism Industry for over a decade.
In addition to developing outbound tourism, Mr Wong is also actively involved in the promotion of training and Industry development. He is currently the Chairman of The Hong Kong Travel Industry Council, Member of Tourism Strategy Group for the Tourism Commission, Member of the Cruise Industry, Committee Advisory for the Tourism Commission, Member of Employees Retraining Board, Ocean Park Corporation Board, Honorary Consulate of Republic of Mali - Hong Kong.
Mr Wong is a member of the Industry Advisory Committee of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at PolyU.
Dr. James Mabey is the Senior Vice President of Development – Asia Pacific, for Jumeirah Group, with responsibility for the company’s Asia Pacific growth and development. In the second quarter of 2015, Dr. Mabey assumed responsibility for all Asia Pacific operations, including hotels in operation and preopening.
Dr. Mabey holds degrees from the USA, Thailand and China, including an MBA in Hospitality and Tourism, and a Doctoral Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from SHTM.
Dr. Mabey is also a Committee Member of the SHTM Industry Advisory Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for The Asia Pacific Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education Dr. Mabey was the recipient of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Face of the Future 2013 award.
Ms Sylvia Chung graduated with Master of Science in Hotel and Tourism Management from the SHTM in 2010. She has been a leading figure in the Hong Kong hotel industry for more than a decade. She now serves as the Executive Vice President of the L’hotel Management Company Limited under the Chinachem Group, and has been steering the opening and development of three new hotel properties of the Group. She also assumes the role of General Manager of these three hotel establishments.
Prior to joining the Chinachem Group, Ms Chung was the Management and Operations Planning Consultant for the PolyU Teaching and Research Hotel Limited, where she offered her strategic advice on the opening of the University’s first-ever world-class teaching and research hotel facility.
At present, she is the Vice-Chairman of the Retail and Tourism Committee of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, and member of the Tourism Strategy Group of the Tourism Commission. In 2013, she was also invited to join the Steering Committee of The PolyU Innovation & Entrepreneurship Global Student Challenge.
Ms Chung has received various awards, one of which is the Bauhinia Cup Outstanding Entrepreneur Award 2002, a prestigious tribute selected by an independent judging panel of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University to top successful entrepreneurs in Hong Kong and Mainland China. She was also honoured with “The Most Successful Women 2004” by the influential ‘Jessica’ magazine.
Mr. Victor Chan studied 'O' & 'A' levels at Uppingham School (a UK boarding school) between 1977 & 1982 and attended North London Polytechnic where he completed year one of the Higher Diploma course in Hospitality Management before returning to Hong Kong to complete his Higher Diploma from the Department of Institutional Management and Catering at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University graduating in 1985.
A seasoned hotelier, Victor joined The Kowloon Hotel (a member of Harbour Plaza Hotels and Resorts) as General Manager in February, 2009 bringing with him over 25 years of experience and expertise in the hospitality industry. Prior to joining The Kowloon Hotel, Victor held several management positions at world-renowned hotels such as, Hilton, Marriott and Regent.
He was honorably elected as Chairman of Hong Kong Hotels Association for a term of two years in August 2012. Prior to becoming Chairman of the Association, Victor was the 1st Vice Chairman of the Association between 2010 & 2012.
In early 2013, Victor was appointed as a member of the Working Group on Convention and Exhibition Industries and Tourism under the Hong Kong SAR Government newly established Economic Development Commission. Victor is also a member of the Tourism Strategy Group which was set up in 1999 to consider and make strategic recommendations to the Government in respect of tourism development.
Victor is currently General Manager of The Kowloon Hotel and Chairman of Hong Kong Hotels Association.
Mr William Lin Weimin graduated with an MSc in Hotel and Tourism Management from the SHTM in 2007.
Mr Lin is currently the Deputy General Manager of the Guangzhou Lingnan International Enterprise Group Co. Ltd; Chairman and General Manager of the LN Hospitality Management Co. Ltd and Board Director of the Garden Hotel Guangzhou.
Mr Lin received awards of the Standing Director of China Tourist Hotel Association in 2009; Honour Badge by China Tourist Hotel Association in 2006; Deputy of 14th People’s Congress of Yuexiu District Guangzhou in 2005 and Certificate of Hotel GM by CNTA’s Post Training and Guiding Committee in 2004.
A SHTM graduate of Hotel and Catering Management in 1993, Mr Maurice Kong also completed the Accelerating Management Talent Program of Richard Ivey School of Business in 2008.
Since then Mr Kong has held several senior positions in international hotel groups and has worked on projects in USA, Singapore, Germany, Malaysia and Thailand. He joined the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Ltd in 2002 and is now the Director of Food & Beverage. He has taken part in leading many significant international events. During the fiscal year of 2010/11, his award winning team of over 300 chefs, service staff, catering sales and events personnel served almost 2.3 million guests worldwide.
Mr Kong is committed to nurturing younger generations. Currently he is the Chairman of SHTMAA, Honorary President of Les d' Ecoffier Society Asia Pacific Region, a member of the jury of the MORS Gold Pin Competition 2005-2011 in Macau and the advisory board member of Kung Lee College.
A 1988 graduate of Higher Diploma in Institutional Management and Catering Studies, Wilson spent a few years in hotel sales and marketing before going to England to study at Kent Business School at the University of Kent where he received an MBA with distinction.
Wilson returned to Hong Kong in 1993 and continued to work in hotel sales and marketing field, private membership clubs and in travel portals.
In 2002 Wilson joined Grand Hyatt Hong Kong as Director of Marketing and was promoted to Resident Manager and further to Director of Marketing - Asia Pacific for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts. He then assumed the job of Director of Global Sales for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. Recently he was appointed General Manager of Andaz Hotel, a new Hyatt brand hotel, in Shanghai.
Wilson has supported his alma mater in numerous ways including membership program for SHTM and WIE programs.
Ms Alison Yau graduated from SHTM with a Higher Diploma, Bachelor and Master of Science. She has filled almost every position that the hospitality sector has to offer after graduated. She was General Manager of the Hotel LKF by Rhombus in Central before her promotion.
Alison subsequently took up the position of Director of Business Development of the Rhombus International Hotels Group, responsible for overseeing the operations of company's properties in Hong Kong, also exploring and expanding business opportunities in Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Asia Pacific.
Alison is currently General Manager of Hotel Soul by Rhombus, Chengdu, Sichuan Province.
Ms Alison Yau's devotion, strong leadership, education and training skills bring another dimension of dynamic energy and diverse experience to the company.
Mr Jeremy Xu Mu Han graduated with an MSc in Hotel and Tourism Management from the SHTM in 2004. While a student he received a research paper award from the Asian Pacific Forum for Graduate Student Research in Tourism.
Mr Xu is currently Vice President of the China National Travel Service (HK) Group Corporation and Executive Director of China Travel International Investment H.K. Limited. Previously he served as General Manager for several hotels in the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong, adapting modern management theories to the Chinese situation. Mr Xu's particular strength was in integrating the interests of guests, staff members and other stakeholders in daily operations.
Mr Sunny Sun Wai-Chat graduated from our Higher Diploma in Hotel and Catering Management programme in 1992. After obtaining his MSc in International Hospitality Management from the Scottish Hotel School at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow during 1995, Sunny began a career in hotel services management. He now has more than 10 years of extensive experience working in hotel groups in China.
Sunny is currently the Vice President, Development (China), Langham Hotels International and is spearheading the development of the Langham brand in China. Previously, he served as Director of Development for Hilton International and Accor Asia Pacific.
Sunny devotes substantial time to community service and actively participates in SHTM activities. He serves as the 1992 SHTMAA Year Representative and is an active supporter of various SHTM events and initiatives.
Mr Wallace Li graduated from PolyU with a Higher Diploma in Institutional Management and Catering Studies in 1984. He then obtained his MBA from Northwestern University and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2001.
Mr Li is currently Manager, Racecourse Catering Operations, at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, and spent the early part of his career in hotel services in China – a pioneering task at the time.
Devoting much time to community service, Mr Li is Chairman of the SHTMAA, SHTMAA Year Representative of 1984 and a mentor in the SHTM's Mentorship Programme. He has also provided many opportunities for SHTM students to undertake internships.
Mr Leo Lee graduated with a PolyU Higher Diploma Institutional Management and Catering Studies in 1982. He also earned an MBA in 2004 from the University of Western Sydney.
Mr Lee has worked in hotel services in both Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland, and joined the Lee Gardens management team in 1988. He has been with Stanford Hotels International since 1992, where he is currently General Manager and Owner's Representative.
Ms Zuleika Mok graduated from our Higher Diploma programme in 1983. She also obtained a BA in Social Science from Florida International University in 1985 and an MBA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1996.
Ms Mok has more than 20 years of experience in the hotel industry and is currently Vice President-Human Resources of Wynn Macau. She is a member of the School's Advisory Committee and is an active supporter of SHTM events and initiatives.
A 1985 PolyU graduate, Mrs Byron started working for Walt Disney World as a cultural exchange programme student. In 1996, she spearheaded the First Asian Business Expo and Career Fair at Disney's Contemporary Hotel. She was also selected as a Walt Disney World Ambassador for 2000.
Mrs Byron's outstanding achievements have won her great acclaim within the industry. She has been honoured with the Leadership in Diversity Award by the Asian American Heritage Council, the Outstanding Achievement Award by the US Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce, the Outstanding Leadership Award by the Asian American Chamber of Commerce, and Walt Disney World Minority Business Relations Partner Recognition.
Continuing to pursue her career with Disney, Mrs Byron also contributes significantly to the development of hospitality education at the SHTM
Mr Nixon Chung Yiu-kwong graduated with a PolyU Higher Diploma in Institutional Management and Catering Studies in 1983. He is currently the Managing Director of Camloy International Limited, and has extensive experience working in hotel groups in both China and Vietnam.
Mr Chung actively participates in community services, particularly the promotion of medical care in China. He has also served on the SHTM's Advisory Committee, acted as a student mentor and offered many opportunities for SHTM students to undertake internships.