China’s first ‘teaching hotel’ unveiled


XIAMEN, China and HONG KONG – Genting Hong Kong and Xiamen University held a special ceremony to unveil the new Lim Goh Tong Building, the academic and research centre of the School of Management’s Tourism and Hotel Management Department.

As part of the company’s continuing support to nurture tourism professionals, Genting Hong Kong, a leading global leisure, entertainment and hospitality company, made a donation to Xiamen University to build the first teaching hotel in a top tier educational institution.

Named in honor of Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, the late founder of Genting Group, the event was attended by his son, Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman of Genting Hong Kong; Mr. Zhang Yan, Secretary of Party Committee of Xiamen University, Mr. Yang Hui, Secretary of Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Fujian Province, officials from Xiamen Tourism Bureau, as well as professors and students from Xiamen University.

“I am extremely proud to witness the completion of the Lim Goh Tong Building today as it has always been my father’s wish to contribute to our hometown and the community,” said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay. “Through the establishment of China’s first teaching hotel in a top level tertiary educational institution – the Lim Goh Tong Building, built to honour my late father – we hope to support Xiamen University in cultivating the next generation of tourism professionals and talent to further contribute to the development of this industry sector in China and in the region.”

“The Lim Goh Tong Building is of great significance to Xiamen University because this marks the establishment of our very own academic and research centre for the Tourism and Hotel Management Department. It is our vision for Xiamen University’s School of Management to learn from Genting Group’s great experience and long history in hotel management and turn this facility into a platform to nurture a new wave of tourism students to better serve the community and to contribute to China’s economy,” said Mr. Zhang Yan, Secretary of Party Committee of Xiamen University.

The new Lim Goh Tong Building, Academic and Research Center of the School of Hotel Management is located at the South Entrance of the University. With a total area of 7651.09m2, the 3-storey building houses approximately 82 demonstration hotel rooms offering students the opportunity to gain practical experience with hands-on training in a real world setting. For the design concept of the Lim Goh Tong Building, the structure incorporates stylistic cues of “Jiajing” architecture and combines both Chinese and Western elements with finesse, but also with a modern twist.

Genting Hong Kong has been instrumental in the establishment of the cruise industry in the region when the company was first formed in 1993. Today, Genting Hong Kong operates three distinctive cruise brands, Star Cruises, “The Leading Cruise Line in the Asia Pacific,” Dream Cruises, “The first-ever Asian Luxury Cruise Line” and Crystal Cruises, “The World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line” with itineraries spanning the globe.

Genting Hong Kong also recently purchased four shipyards in Germany to form the Lloyd Werft Group to accommodate the ambitious expansion plans of its fleets, to further capitalize on the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” opportunities by building quality ships for the region, and to help boost the China tourism market.

As part of Genting Hong Kong’s corporate social responsibility, the company has always been committed in supporting the education sector. The establishment of the Lim Goh Tong Building reflects Genting Hong Kong’s mission and vision towards talent development, supporting Xiamen University in nurturing talent and contributing to the sustainable growth of China’s tourism industry.