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录入于 October 18, 2017 at 22:03:09:
世界名人网讯 2017年10月18日，休斯敦大学希尔顿酒店管理学院在休大希尔顿酒店宴会厅隆重举办第22届“荣誉堂”智库(THINK TANK)年度交流会，今年出席的演讲嘉宾包括：代表酒店管理行业的金棕榈国际有限公司首席执行官谢晓兰(JOANNA XIE)女士，代表餐饮行业的双椒连锁餐厅董事长杨玉楠女士和PELI PELI连锁餐厅的合伙人THOMAS NGUYEN先生。交流会的主题是“东西方——亚洲旅馆业趋势”，三位嘉宾就东西方差异，特别是亚洲经济发展对美国旅游业、酒店业和餐饮业的影响及未来发展趋势展开对话，并与出席的学生们分享自己的创业经历和心得，并做现场互动与交流。
PELI PELI合伙人THOMAS NGUYEN介绍了自己是越裔，在休斯敦已经拥有5家南非餐厅。他分享了自己对东西方餐饮业的看法，和自己喜爱不断创新的精神。
22nd Annual Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor Think Tank Series
On October 18th, 2017, the 22nd Annual Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor Think Tank Series was successfully held at the ballroom of Conrad Hilton Hotel at the University of Houston. The theme of the 22nd annual event is “From East to West- Hospitality Trends in Asia” and has honorably invited 3 panelists of: Ms. Joanna Xie- CEO & Owner of GoldenPalm International, Ms. Yunan Yang- Owner of Pepper Twins and Mr. Thomas Nguyen- Co-Founder of Peli Peli as the panelists. Ms. Joanna Xie is the only Chinese representative from Hotel Management industry; Ms. Yunan Yang and Mr. Thomas Nguyen are the Chinese and Vietnamese representatives from Restaurant (F&B) industry.
The Conrad N. Hilton College features a Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor, which includes distinguished members of the hospitality industry. Over 60 men and woman have been inducted into the Hall of Honor, including renowned hospitality icons like J.W. Marriott, Conrad N. Hilton, Walt Disney, Howard Schultz, and Chris Nassetta. For the past 22 years, the event is hosted, organized, and executed by a team of student managers. Together they create educational resources for students and individuals who have an interest in one of the world’s leading industries. In mid-October, the college hosts a series of educational Think Tanks over the course of two days and a celebratory dinner to honor the distinguished leaders of the industry. To inspire the Conrad N. Hilton College students through a variety of thought provoking Think Tank sessions, to allow student managers to develop through leadership experiences, and to leave a legacy for the hospitality industry by recognizing and inducting influential leaders into the Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor at the University of Houston, Conrad N. Hilton College. Think Tanks serve as an opportunity for the students of the Hilton College to learn from the expertise of industry professionals as they share real life stories, highlight their businesses, and enlighten the minds of aspiring industry leaders. These Think Tanks allow for the faces of hospitality of present and future to convene to discuss a wide range of industry topics.
Traditionally, each Think Tank is made up of one moderator who facilitates a panel of three to five industry professionals. This year, the panelists will be developing and focusing on the key topic of East to West trends of hospitality industry, including the past and future influences of East to West tourism and culture, Q&A session by the students and so on.
During the Think Tank session, in front of nearly 70 students majored in Hospitality, Ms. Joanna Xie has introduced her intensive and international-cultured background of working in the hotel industry for 8 years, working in the different foreign Consulates for 7 years and thus, shared her opinions of US travel, tourism trends in relation to Asian countries, impacts of foreign investment, foreign immigration policy and social networks. Both Ms. Yunan Yang and Mr. Thomas Nguyen explained how restaurants in the US are different/similar to restaurants in Asia. Ms. Yunan Yang has introduced her interesting background story of graduating with a Doctorate degree but owning almost 6 Chinese cuisine restaurants in Houston nowadays. Mr. Thomas Nguyen has introduced himself as a Vietnamese ethnic but currently owning 5 South African restaurants in Houston area.
The Think Tank session was originally planned for 60 minutes but officially adjourned after 90 minutes discussion. All the hospitality students were very impressed by all 3 panelists and felt honored to be present. Ms. Joanna Xie told us that “I received a text message from one of the volunteer students, Ms. Ziyu at 6:20pm that evening and was told by her some students were still in the after-meeting discussion till now, because the session was very much informative. They are very impressed and so motivated by the panelists.”
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