On 29 Nov, the “APAEM Roundtable Discussion: Perspective of Industry Executives and Academic Researchers – Bridging the Gap of Technology Applications in Hospitality and Tourism” hosted by the Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and Management (APAEM) of the University of Macau (UM) was successfully held to promote the industry-academia collaboration and provide a platform for industry practitioners, faculty members and students to exchange latest ideas. The seminar attracted many industry practitioners, faculty members and students.

The roundtable seminar was divided into two parts. First, Prof. Rob Law, UMDF Chair Professor of Smart Tourism, presented his latest research findings on “Hindrances to Smart Tourism Development: The Case of Hong Kong”. Second, the roundtable discussion was moderated by Prof. Amy So, Assistant Dean (International and External Relations) and Associate Professor in Integrated Resort and Tourism Management of Faculty of Business Administration. Guest speakers include Mr. Vincent Lai, EVP, CFO, SVP of Greater China of Shiji Information Technology, Mr. Tony Sun, Assistant Vice President of China Strategy & Development of MGM, and Prof. Law.

The presentations touched on a wide range of topics. Guest speakers shared their insights on the challenges, opportunities and perception gaps among various stakeholders in the technology application in hospitality and tourism. At the end of the seminar, speakers and audience actively exchanged their views on how to enhance tourist experience with the one-stop tourist app and the strategic leadership issue in IT planning. All participants were benefited from such meaningful and impactful discussion.

Sources: Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and Management of the University of Macau