Chinese hospitality association visits Niagara, receives H&T training at Niagara College

Niagara College held a special ceremony May 19 to mark the successful conclusion of a cross-Canada hospitality leadership training program for the Golden Key International Alliance, a Chinese hotel and concierge service organization representing service properties worldwide.

As the overseas training partner for the Golden Key Alliance, Niagara College organized the tour, which included a four-day visit to Niagara by 20 of the organization’s senior hotel managers, who received training in food and wine synergies, food safety and human resource management while visiting the College. The group also visited local wineries, hotels and restaurants while in Niagara.

The Hon. Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism and Culture, attended the ceremony and offered greetings on behalf of the Province of Ontario.

“Hospitality and tourism is now a global industry. Niagara College’s Niagara Culinary Institute has an international reputation for preparing students with a world view. Because of this, guests, and students come from around the world – here to the beautiful Niagara area,” said Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism and Culture.

“We at Niagara College are proud of our partnership with Golden Key International, and we are very pleased with the opportunity to provide hospitality and tourism training for its members, and to allow them to experience the best of Niagara,” said Niagara College President Dan Patterson. “This visit was very significant; it recognizes Niagara as a top tourist destination and Niagara College as a leading hospitality and tourism educator.”

Founded in 2003, The Golden Key Alliance is a network of hotels, properties and services and includes 200 members worldwide. Local members include the Pillar and Post, the Prince of Wales Hotel, Queens Landing Inn and the Oban Inn.

Niagara College is a leader in Hospitality and Tourism education, and offers postsecondary programs in Hospitality Management – Hotel and Restaurant (Co-op), Tourism Management – Business Development (Co-op); graduate programs in Event Management and Hospitality and Tourism Management; and a four-year Bachelor of Business degree in Hospitality Operations Management.

With over 8,000 full-time students, Niagara College offers more than 90 diploma, baccalaureate degrees and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, applied health and community safety, and the College is home to the globally-recognized Niagara Culinary Institute and Niagara College Teaching Winery. In 2008, Niagara College launched a $90 million campus redevelopment project, which is scheduled for completion in 2011. For more information, visit


For information, contact:

Gordon Hunchak
Director, Marketing & Communications
Niagara College
905-735-2211, ext. 7567
905-650-7820 (cell)

Jeff Stewart
Chair, Hospitality, Tourism and Administration
Niagara College
905-641-2252, ext. 4103

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