From the graduating class of the year 2000, Seung Youn Choi says ICHM broadened his thinking, through a multicultural atmosphere on campus, an in-depth curriculum and the industry placement program.
His first position in Korea came about through network, network, network! when the Human Resources Manager from the (Hilton Seoul) in Korea visited campus and Seung Youn was able to make that all-important connection.
His industry placements while at ICHM were at the Holiday Inn Sydney Airport (previously Parkroyal Sydney Airport), Landmark Parkroyal Hotel Potts Point, New South Wales and Old Sydney Parkroyal (now Holdiday Inn Old Sydney).
After ICHM, Seung Youn went on to study an MBA (Hotel Specialisation) at the Sydney Graduate School of Management, University of Western Sydney.
On his return to Korea he was appointed Sales Manager at IBIS Gangnam, Seoul, in 2003, joining the property as part of the pre-opening team.
A brief stint at the Ritz Carlton Seoul (2006–2007) was followed by his appointment as Assistant Director of Sales at the Oakwood Premier Coex Center (2007–2013), and he went on to become a member of the pre-opening team for Sales and Marketing at Oakwood Premier Incheon, where he stayed on as Director of Sales and Marketing (2013–2018).
He took up his current position as General Manager, Best Western HarborPark in September this year.
Seung Youn says that all of the courses at ICHM are very useful, and this becomes even clearer when at work in the industry.
In providing advice for Korean students in particular, he stressed the importance of getting experiences outside of Korea.
‘Although this may not be recognised immediately, it will be in the near future.’
Beyond that he said that it is most important for students to find and develop their specialty.
When not wrapped up in his work, Seung Youn likes to play golf, ski and pursue his interest in travel.