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Its ‘Hospitality Young Leaders Programme’ equips aspiring young talents with essential career skills in hospitality and deepens their understanding of Hong Kong’s unique history and culture.
Heritage conservation is no easy task, neither is nurturing future industry leaders – yet both are essential. Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation (HKHCF), operator of the UNESCO-awarded Tai O Heritage Hotel, has managed to blend both priorities through its comprehensive graduate training programme.
The non-profit organisation believes the conservation of cultural heritage helps the community to build a sense of identity and strengthen bonds between people and places. Thus, HKHCF has revitalised the Old Tai O Police Station, a Grade II historic building completed in 1902, into the nine-room Tai O Heritage Hotel, in order to promote the appreciation of cultural heritage, as well as support the Tai O community.
And this cannot be achieved without the participation of the younger generation. As the hotel celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, it is even more important to pass these positive values to the youth and help them to appreciate the diverse traditions and prepare them for the future.
This well explains the reason behind the launch of its ‘Hospitality Young Leaders Programme’. During this 12- month comprehensive on-the-job training, local graduates are equipped with practical skills and knowledge in hospitality, heritage, cultural conservation, and sustainable tourism through cross-departmental rotations at the Tai O Heritage Hotel.
In addition to work-related initiatives, the young leaders will also support an array of community outreach and engagement activities, including docent tours and festivities to foster community bonding. For example, the hotel steps up community support with Community Telemedicine Services for people in Tai O and Lantau in March 2022.
The Programme provides a meaningful platform to develop aspiring young people and work with the Tai O community to promote heritage conservation.
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