Hong Kong's tourism industry will make a quick rebound within a year or two, according to the head of the Department of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). Speaking at a careers day on campus, department head Dr Ray Pine said despite the recent downturn in terms of tourist arrival numbers and hotel occupancies, he was optimistic about the future of PolyU graduates and the industry itself. 'It is my firm belief we will be experiencing normal rates of tourism growth and hotel occupancies within the next year or two. 'The new Chek Lap Kok Airport and Hong Kong's even more significant role as a gateway to the mainland will be major factors in this revival,' he said. He said the mainland was expected to be a hot tourist destination in the next century. 'By then the demand for managers in Hong Kong and the mainland will be staggering and the education and training which the PolyU provides will enable graduates to make a significant contribution to the industry.' The careers day aimed to help prepare final-year tourism students for their future career. The programme for the annual event included talks and seminars, which offered students the latest information about future developments in the industry, and helped enhance their understanding of the profession. Career talks were given by Cathay Pacific Airways' manpower resource specialist, Nellie Lowe, and the director of human resources at the Century Hong Kong Hotel and convenor of the Human Resources Development Committee of the Hong Kong Hotels Association, Peter Tam. More than 10 organisations from the hotel, travel and catering industry were invited to offer on-the-spot career consultation and recruitment opportunities. Meanwhile, the tourism department's 1998 Yearbook, featuring graduates' profiles and activities of the PolyU's Hotel and Tourism Management Alumni Association, has been published. The PolyU is the sole provider of degree and postgraduate programmes in Hong Kong in hotel and tourism management.