PolyU opens Samsung Digital Lab for hospitality technology

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has announced the opening of the expanded Samsung Digital Lab for Hospitality Technology and the new premises for its School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM).

Equipped with advanced computing facilities and specialized software for the industry, the expanded Samsung Digital Lab for Hospitality Technology is one of the major facilities in the new SHTM premises.

PolyU is the largest publicly-funded tertiary institution in Hong Kong, with 28,000 full-time and part-time students, and a vast pool of 290,000 graduates. Its School of Hotel and Tourism Management is ranked No. 2 in the world among hotel and tourism schools based on research and scholarship, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research in 2009.  

Built around the generous sponsorship from Samsung Electronics, the Digital Lab is home to a wide range of computing and audio-visual equipment including 77 sets of 15.6” wide screen notebooks, 40” Full HD LCD iDTVs, 4-in-1 colour multi-functional laser printers, projectors and blu-ray players.

All computers are installed with advanced software products that facilitate teaching of subjects include lodging management, revenue management, financial management, convention and events management, E-business, hospitality technology management and data analysis for the industry.

“The hospitality and tourism sector is a major pillar of Hong Kong’s economy. As the leading provider of hospitality and tourism education in the Asia-Pacific region, SHTM has been instrumental in nurturing young professionals much sought after by the industry,” said Alex Chung. Chief Operating Officer of Samsung Electronics Hong Kong Co. Ltd. "We believe that the Lab will bring long-term benefits to students by providing them with the opportunity to learn and apply the latest information technology in the industry setting."

Meanwhile, Professor Kaye Chon, Dean of SHTM, said with Asia  emerging as the global center of excellence in hospitality and tourism business, the institution see the need to advance both education and research in hotel and tourism management.

"We are confident that the SHTM’s new education model will help to improve hospitality and tourism education everywhere,” he said.