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Hotel, Service and Tourism Studies Discipline

Discipline Overview of Hotel, Service and Tourism Studies

The hospitality and tourism industry is one of the major pillars of the Hong Kong economy. Being Asia’s World City, the level of professionalism and service standards required by the industry is constantly evolving in Hong Kong. Hotel, Service and Tourism Studies (HoSTS) Discipline offers industry relevant programmes which are supported by excellent facilities and well-balanced curricula. With a practical approach to teaching and learning, students are required to undertake industrial attachment to gain real work experience in their relevant studies. After graduation, students can pursue further studies or have a head start in their chosen career field.



2+1 International Track


The “2+1 International Track” is a through-train pre-enrolment scheme, jointly set up by School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) and the UK partner universities. All newly admitted Higher Diploma (HD) students of the HoSTS Discipline will be offered an 2+1 International Track, which affirms a smooth articulation to a relevant top-up Degree programme offered by designated partner university upon successful completion of their HD. The degree programme has been accredited by Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) as equivalent to a local degree programme.





Graduates opting for further studies can be admitted to the relevant top-up degree programmes offered by various local and overseas universities, such as :


  • Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi)
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • RMIT University, Australia
  • Sheffield Hallam University, UK
  • University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK

Job History


With professional knowledge and practical experience, HoSTS graduates have been well sought by the industry. Graduates have been employed by various hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, airlines, Hong Kong International Airport, theme parks, tourist attractions, cruise companies, clubhouses, property management companies, exhibition centres, events management companies, major public organisations and government departments.


Professional Recognition


The following professional bodies in Hong Kong and overseas have recognised the Discipline and its programmes, including :


  • Institute of Hospitality (IoH), UK
  • Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), UK
  • Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), UK
  • Bordeaux Wine School, France
  • United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)
  • Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong (TIC)
  • Hong Kong Recreation Management Association