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Chuck Gee Receives Taiwan Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted on | March 11, 2011 | Comments Off on Chuck Gee Receives Taiwan Lifetime Achievement Award

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Chuck Gee, right, accepts the award from Taiwan President Ma Ying-Jeou.

Chuck Gee, UH regent and dean emeritus of Mānoa’s School of Travel Industry Management, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 Taiwan Tourism Festival Awards Ceremony on Feb. 15. Taiwan President Ma Ying-Jeou presented the award, which recognizes outstanding tourism professionals and businesses for their contributions to Taiwan’s tourism industry.

According to Gee, the honor is really a recognition of the significant contributions made by the School of Travel Industry Management in cooperation with East-West Center in the training National Tourism Administration officials and executives for Taiwan and other Pacific Asian destinations at the early stages of tourism development in Hawaiʻi and the region.

“I just happened to be the person at the helm of TIM coinciding with the growth of travel and tourism development—which saw less than half a million international arrivals in the late 1950s to a soaring 395 million-plus arrivals in the Asia Pacific Region last year,” says Gee. “I view this award less as a personal honor than as a testament to the important role played by the university in the region.”

TIM Dean Juanita Liu says that the well-deserved award to Dean Emeritus Gee is rarely granted to a non-Taiwanese citizen. “It is a testament to his noteworthy achievements that have put the TIM School and UH on the map in terms of being the premier institution for higher learning for hospitality/tourism in Hawaiʻi and the region,” said Liu.

“The demand for educational and training programs is booming just as tourism is expanding, and Hawaiʻi is fortunate to be in a leadership position due to the strong foundations that Chuck established during his tenure as TIM dean for over 20 years,” says Liu.

Gee is an internationally recognized authority in tourism and hospitality education and has received several prestigious awards over the years including the Award of Excellence for Tourism Education from the National Tourism Administration of the People’s Republic of China, Pacific Asia Travel Association’s Presidential Award and Grand Award for Individual Educational Accomplishment.

Read the news release.