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BuildingShanghai||Hospitality and Tourism Group
Time of publication : 2022-07-05 15:00:00 Content classification : “Building Shanghai”

During the week of 15 November, SHBS students embarked on a range of intensive inquiry- and project-based learning programs that took them out of traditional classrooms and into the amazing city they call home. For this second year of Building Shanghai, the program theme is sustainability-- what’s required to confront our global climate emergency to continue thriving in the future.


Every group explored an essential aspect of Shanghai’s economy and culture, with a focus on how innovation, conservation, and adaptation can address pressing environmental concerns—with topics including Ecological Diversity, Design of Internet of Things on Campus, Modern Agriculture and Organic Agriculture, Green Energy, The Fate of Garbage, Environmental Ethics of Art and so on.


Let's have a look at the Hospitality and Tourism group!


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Welcome to our Hospitality and Tourism! Our group learned about travel, hotels, and restaurants, and how they can operate more sustainably. On the first day, our group focused on learning the necessary background knowledge. In the morning, we discussed the environmental impact of travel and the ways people might change their behavior while still promoting this important economic activity. After, we researched the places we would visit. In the afternoon we also joined another group to hear from an aircraft design engineer about the ways new places can be more efficient, and whether it would be possible to build zero-emission planes.


On Tuesday, we first went to the hotel The Middle House. While we had learned a lot in advance, the actual visit really showed us what these ideas meant in reality. The presentation from the managers at The Middle House was very impressive and all the students were very impressed; they also showed us very kind hospitality by providing amazing cakes, snacks, and water in glass bottles. We saw that the hotel did not only talk about concepts but also showed their efforts to change in specific ways. Instead of plastic, they use bamboo for the room key cards, have aluminum containers for shampoo, and use glass bottles for water. In some ways they are small changes but together with energy conservation, reducing food waste, and more, they are such revolutionary changes.


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Then we went to Beef & Liberty for lunch. We learned about the cost to business of using responsibly sourced products and the need to provide quality, and how some consumers don't understand and complain about not having plastic water bottles. The manager said that he would ask them a question, “plastic or planet?” Students also needed to ask themselves this question. The answer is quite obvious, of course the planet, but it is not always easy. We realized that sustainability cannot only be a simple concept, but if a luxury hotel or a nice restaurant can make changes, for us we can make small steps that together make a big difference. Just because it doesn’t fix everything isn’t an excuse to do nothing.


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Finally, we went to Boxing Cat Brewery. We heard from the founder of the business who talked about his vision and the many changes in the Shanghai restaurant industry. He discussed what it meant to be an entrepreneur and different ideas of success. At the same time, he helped us understand how a brewery could think about preserving resources and the importance of environmental conditions, for example water, which is crucial for making beer.


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After our visits, we wrote a report and various reflections. We also created a survey and shared it on the internet for both Chinese and international responses. We gained over 250 responses and spent a lot of time analyzing the data. We found that both younger and older people need to learn more about sustainability practices, though all people responded positively about wanting to see more sustainability in travel practice.


 

Wednesday we also visited Zhujiajiao and considered ways our local community could become more sustainable. We thought about encouraging public transportation and reducing waste, while also considering climate change risks like rising water levels and flooding. We hope that local officials can pay more attention to these issues.


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On Thursday we began to create our presentation and designed an interactive exhibition, so visitors could attend a job fair to learn more about business, play a quiz about sustainability, or attend our video and PPT to learn more. We also included an analysis of our survey data and created a travel tips guide for more sustainable travel (tip: bring your own soaps and toiletries and use less plastic; try to use public transportation!)


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On Thursday we also had a very interesting Zoom call with the General Manager of the Four Seasons Hotel in Beijing. He gave lots of insights into how his hotel and this global luxury brand works to implement sustainability. He shared valuable ideas about marketing and how the company understands environmental protection as key to its work and brand reputation.


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We all learned a great deal and especially appreciated Chris and Zona for helping our group. They helped organize great trips. We got to consider what it means to work in hospitality, and the importance of details. For example, at The Middle House we saw how fancy doesn’t necessarily mean lavishness. Instead, real fanciness means refinement, elegance, and most of all the heart of the people creating a welcoming environment. We hope we can improve ourselves with what we learned while also helping others to be both more sustainable as well as more successful businesses.


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