In this interview, we hear from Alan Wong, Lecturer at The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Drawing from his research and knowledge, Dr Wong, who is also a qualified GSTC trainer, shares his thoughts on visitor and attraction management, and the development of tourism in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta.
- Alan Wong’s main professional insights;
- Current trends in tourism research;
- Details about HARTCO, the only professional tour guiding association, in Hong Kong;
- How to cope with mass tourism and to make it more sustainable;
- Key priorities in Asia regarding sustainability in tourism;
- Current ecotourism initiatives at the School of Hotel and Tourism Management.
Alan, where or when did your interest in hospitality and sustainable tourism begin?
My interest started in school when I studied tourism at James Cook University in Australia in 1993. Since 2007 I have been working at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where I engage in research focusing on ecotourism and tour guiding.
This interest continues to grow as I attend various ecotourism conferences and network with academics and professionals. To share my knowledge, I created a Service Learning subject titled “Ecotourism in rural and development regions” to teach students at our university.