New York, NY (WiredPRNews.com) Every year, a select group of students and guest speakers are handpicked to attend the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR). HPAIR is a by-invitation-only event, from which thousands of applicants are turned away annually.
This year, one of the conference’s guests is global entrepreneur Randy Williams, CEO and Founder of Hometel Travel, LLC, a revolutionized online platform combining global travel and short-term rentals with social networking components. So why does a company like Hometel Travel hold such importance to the HPAIR, and have such an impact on Asian markets?
Hometel Travel has created opportunities for Asia’s growing entrepreneurial force – this is a product of Williams’ vision of instructing new talents and entrepreneurs through an online internship program that is currently being developed. Williams is committed to finding the top bright, young talents from developing Asian countries, and endowing them with the skills necessary to establish themselves as successful entrepreneurs. “It’s such a great honor and once in a lifetime opportunity to be selected to attend the HPAIR conference at Harvard University,” says Williams, who is attending this year’s conference, which runs from February 10th to 13th. “It really lets us know that the programs we’re setting up have the potential to become something incredible.”
Williams founded Hometel Travel after his global travels opened his eyes to the benefits of renting an apartment or a room over staying in a hotel; it is meant to serve as a global marketplace for budget-conscious travelers and homeowners eager to share their culture and experience with others. Hometel Travel allows its users to connect with prospective leasers or hosts through whatever channel best suits their individual preference. Whether it be through an alumni network, shared lifestyle preferences, or even similar interests, Hometel Travel makes networking through any of these means as easy as possible. Hometel Travel handles all payments to the homeowner and including processing refunds if the accommodations provided do not meet the standard set in the original agreement, completely revolutionizing the industry; payment remains in escrow for the duration of a travelers stay, and is only released by Hometel Travel when a short term sub-lease has been completed successfully.
HPAIR was created as a coalition of Harvard students and professors to be both an academic program and an active forum for the exchange of ideas relevant to the political, economic, and social climate of Asian-Pacific countries. The goal of HPAIR is to find common ground in these issues amongst Asian-Pacific nations, and to communicate the innovations in business, education, and technology that will impact the Asian-Pacific region. The process itself is dynamic, and acts more as an open discussion than merely a lecture series.
The process for choosing delegates for the conference is a meticulous one, and admissions are extremely selective. Only those who show the potential for creating great change and opportunity for Asian-Pacific communities are selected to participate. Past guest and speakers at the HPAIR conference also include President of the Republic of Korea and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kim Dae-Jung, Governor General of Australia Peter Hollingworth, Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, Singapore, President S.R. Nathan, and former President of Goldman Sachs Philip Murphy.
Hometel Travel’s program has based its business plans in Asia on a program of empowerment, rather than an outsourcing of labor. Mr. Williams was chosen to be a part of the HPAIR conference because he recognizes the Asian market as something few western companies do: a growing entrepreneurial force. Hometel Travel has a unique strategy that involves simultaneously building its business community in the western and eastern world.
“Asian and Eastern Muslim communities have historically been marginalized by western companies, and used to outsource labor,” Williams said.
“We’re creating internship and entrepreneurial opportunities in the east because we recognize the importance of the Asian marketplace in an increasingly globalized business environment,” he added.
Williams is confident that by directing attentions towards Asian markets, Hometel Travel will be opening its doors to some of the brightest entrepreneurial minds in the world. HPAIR agrees, and has seen fit to include Williams in this year’s conference, which promises to be a productive and industrious event, for both Hometel Travel and its Asian-Pacific associates.