Kuala Lumpar, 2 November 2017
On 19 October 2017, Tourism College of Zhejiang (TCZJ) joined the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), becoming the first and only higher education institution from mainland China to join the global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry.
Established in 1983, the Tourism College of Zhejiang is known as one of the key colleges in China that specialise in the hospitality and tourism industry. Administered by the local Zhejiang Provincial Tourism Administration, it has strong links with industry at both a national and international level. As a key player in the Chinese vocational education sector, the College has established affiliations with 22 institutions of higher learning from 15 countries and regions, such as Soonchunhyang University in South Korea, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) in Switzerland, National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism in Taiwan, and the Macao Institute of Tourism. In 2016, TCZJ signed a Memorandum of Understanding with William Angliss Institute, Australia - a fellow ICCA member - to form the Sino-Australia International Hotel Management School, with the aim of developing high-quality academic programs that help to build a highly talented hospitality workforce in China.
Professor Yan Yi-Ping, Director of International Education, said, “ICCA is a prestigious trade association in the global meetings industry, and joining is a firm step for our college in fulfilling our commitment to forging stronger ties with the industry. We understand that today’s landscape is a highly competitive business environment, and developing a global presence and enhancing visibility is essential to equipping our students with up-to-date knowledge and real industry experience in preparation for their future careers.”
“By becoming a member of ICCA, we are providing our students with the chance to be part of this business community and to get to know what it is really like in business. TCZJ is also a member of PATA; therefore it is our hope, as we extend our global reach to international associations such as ICCA, to build capability and capacity in research and education.”
Following this latest addition, China’s overall membership currently stands at 52 companies and organisations, forming the largest membership base in the Asia Pacific Chapter, which consists of 16 countries and regions.
“We are very pleased to welcome Tourism College of Zhejiang, the first tertiary educational institute in China to join ICCA, as the newest member,” said Noor Hamid, Regional Director Asia Pacific. “Bringing on board a major player such as TCZJ will now enable us to explore and identify new opportunities with faculty members at the college. With their expertise and research strength, we look forward to working with TCZJ on co-operative research projects in common areas of interest.”
As of today, ICCA China comprises 52 member companies and organisations, covering 18 cities: Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Danzhou, Foshan, Guangzhou, Haikou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Ningbo, Yangzhou, Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Xiamen, Zhengzhou and Zhuhai.
For more information about the Tourism College of Zhejiang, visit the website.
About ICCA Asia Pacific
The ICCA Asia Pacific Regional Office was established on 1 January 1998 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to provide better membership support for Asia Pacific members. As a Regional Office of the ICCA Head Office in the Netherlands, this office aims to initiate and organise more ICCA activities in this region so as to enhance the value of membership for ICCA members. In addition, ICCA Asia Pacific also serves as a Global Research Centre, dedicated to undertaking more comprehensive research projects for the benefit of members worldwide.
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