A new training hotel has opened at Xiamen University, funded by Genting Hong Kong.
The new Lim Goh Tong Building, which was named in honour of Genting’s late founder, will offer students practical experience of hotel operations, with 82 mock-up hotel rooms. It forms part of the university’s Tourism and Hotel Management Department.
“I am extremely proud to witness the completion of the Lim Goh Tong Building today as it has always been my father’s wish to contribute to our hometown and the community,” said Lim Kok Thay, chairman of Genting Hong Kong.
“Through the establishment of China’s first teaching hotel in a top level tertiary educational institution… we hope to support Xiamen University in cultivating the next generation of tourism professionals and talent to further contribute to the development of this industry sector in China and in the region.”
The three-storey Lim Goh Tong Building covers more than 7,600m². The university said its collection of hotel rooms would “offer students the opportunity to gain practical experience with hands-on training in a real world setting”.
“The Lim Goh Tong Building is of great significance to Xiamen University because this marks the establishment of our very own academic and research centre,” said Zhang Yan, secretary of Xiamen University’s party committee.
“It is our vision for Xiamen University’s School of Management to learn from Genting Group’s great experience and long history in hotel management and turn this facility into a platform to nurture a new wave of tourism students to better serve the community and to contribute to China’s economy.”