The Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation (HCF), a not-for-profit organisation set up by the Ng Family, has furthered its efforts to support heritage and culture with the launch of the Hospitality Young Leaders Programme. Commencing on 15 July 2020 and spanning one year, ten passionate graduates of Hong Kong universities and institutes have joined the meaningful programme to receive valuable training in sustainable tourism, hospitality, heritage and cultural conservation, including a stint at Tai O Heritage Hotel.
The participants will be able to equip themselves with practical knowledge through on-the-job training across departments. They will also support an array of community outreach and engagement activities, including docent tours and festivities to present the historical and architectural significance of the Hotel to local and overseas visitors. The one-year programme will conclude with a presentation by the young leaders to share their thoughts on promoting Tai O as a sustainable tourism destination.
Local graduate Cheryl Fung is one of the participants in the programme. ‘As a local resident, I’ve always enjoyed the enchanting fishing village and its unique history. I want to share the beauty of the place where I was born and raised with more people. This is a great opportunity to learn about heritage and hospitality — it will enable me to have a better understanding of the industry as well as clearer direction for my career development,’ she says.
Ronald Mak, a graduate of tourism and event management, is another participant who looks forward to gaining a better understanding of Tai O and its historical significance. ‘I treasure the opportunity in this challenging time. In addition to acquiring practical knowledge in hotel management, I can learn to promote sustainable tourism and the beauty of Hong Kong to a wider audience. I look forward to supporting the community,’ says Ronald.
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