Marriott invests in hospitality education

CHINA Marriott International, together with Anhui Zhong-Ao Institute of Technology in China, has launched an educational institution to develop the future generation of the local hospitality workforce.
The Marriott Institute of Hospitality Education will offer a three-year diploma programme with a curriculum focus on hotel management. It will see its first intake this year from the annual China national examination.
Marriott International market vice-president of eastern China Michael Malik will serve as deputy dean to provide counsel and oversee the educational direction, while the company’s senior executives will play a role in some curriculum lectures.
Marriott International will also be offering work placements to students in their final year, providing field study and internship opportunities at hotels, and contribute to the development of the curriculum.
Marriott Institute of Hospitality Education’s dean Wang Yuan Hao said: “The hospitality industry of China has been growing rapidly and this trend is expected to continue in coming years. Therefore it is essential that our education will keep pace with and meet the human resources demand of the industry.”
Plans to expand the curriculum to include tourism management, culinary and nutrition are also in the pipeline.
Marriott International has launched cooperation programmes with 15 colleges in China, including in Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai. It also has relations with 112 colleges across China and recruited more than 2500 interns in the country last year.


Langham Place, Mongkok gets EarthCheck recognition

HONG KONG Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong has been awarded EarthCheck’s Silver Certified status for successfully reporting its environmental footprint to independent auditors and adhering to internationally-recognised sustainability standards.
General manager Shaun Campbell said: “By going through the process of attaining the EarthCheck certificate, we were able to measure the effectiveness of our sustainability practices and review the areas that require further improvement.”
The hotel has implemented a variety of environmentally-friendly features such as energy-saving heat pumps to recovering heat from chillers and supplying hot water to guestrooms.
Its restaurants and bars use fresh herbs from its organic herb garden, food waste and cooking oil are recycled, while menus are available on iPads. It is also the first hotel in Hong Kong offering to pump up guests’ electrical vehicles at the hotel car park’s electric vehicle charger at no cost.
The hotel is in partnership with non-profit organisations such as UNICEF, the Hong Kong Playground Association and Half the Sky Foundation to support community development.


Accor Asia Pacific portfolio goes on Android

ASIA PACIFIC International hotel group Accor has launched a new Android version of its hotel directory, providing users access to detailed information on more than 570 hotels across 16 countries in Asia Pacific.

The app displays the hotels’ event and leisure facilities, supported by full-screen images and brand and loyalty information.
“This really is the best way to always have the most up-to-date details on Accor hotels in the region, because the information is automatically updated as our network continues to grow,” Accor director of marketing support for Asia Pacific Michael Parsons said.
The new app is part of the group’s sustainability commitment, Planet 21. Similar to its iPad version, it offers a paperless directory that also allows users to download content for offline usage.
The app is available for download via for Android users or for iPad users.