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L-R: Jerry Wang, deputy general manager of Enrichee Gloria Plaza Hotel in Qingdao China; Phillip Smyth, director of Shannon College of Hotel Management; Fiona Chen Chao, front office manager, Gloria Grand Hotel in Nanchomg ,China; Jacky Sun Peifeng, corporate assistant director of personnel, Gloria Hotel and first year student, Binxian Elaine Zhong seeing what's cooking. Photograph by Arthur Ellis.

Chinese getting a flavour of Shannon Hotel College

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Executives of a leading hotel group in the Far East travelled to Shannon College of Hotel Management this week to learn the ‘Irish way’ of hotel-keeping.

The senior Gloria Hotels & Resorts Group executives spent a week undergoing an intensive course at the renowned college, which has educated some of the leading hoteliers in the world.

The rapidly growing group has 63 four and five star hotels, which are mainly located in China but also in Malaysia and Japan, and employs 15,000 people. It is adding up to 20 new hotels to its portfolio each year.

It is the latest international education coup for the Shannon College of Hotel Management, which in 2012 signed a deal with the Seychelles government for all hotel management students from the tourism archipelago to be educated through the college, including with one year in Ireland.

Shannon College of Hotel Management has 400 students, almost 50% of which are international students, with 70% of those from China.

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