Award Date

Fall 2012

Degree Type

Professional Paper

Degree Name

Master of Hospitality Administration

Department

Hotel Administration

First Committee Member

Robert Woods, Chair

Number of Pages

32

Abstract

The hospitality industry spans the globe, employing millions of jobs worldwide. In recent years, many well-known hotel companies such as, Hilton Worldwide, Marriott, Fairmont, Four Seasons, and The Peninsula, have expanded their portfolios around the world. With this vast expansion hospitality companies look for leaders that want to have unique experiences, and are able to travel the world during their career. The Asian economic market has done extremely well, particularly Mainland China, the People’s Republic of China. In response to this, Americans have packed their bags and headed to China to live and work in the hospitality industry. According to the Sixth National Population Census of the People’s Republic of China conducted in 2010, there are 71,493 Americans residing in Mainland China (Sixth National Population Census of the People’s Republic of China, 2010). Americans have found that living in China can be very rewarding for their career growth and experience. One must wonder though, what it is like to live in China, what challenges hospitality leaders encounter there, how similar experiences are by Americans serving in China, how hiring for new properties is conducted, and how all of these experiences compare to what would occur in the U.S. Answers to these questions, along with many others could significantly help American expatriates planning to live in China or living and working there today.

Keywords

Americans – Employment – Foreign countries; China; Hospitality industry; Hotels – Employees

Disciplines

Business | Hospitality Administration and Management

Language

English


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