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Gee has received numerous awards, including the Award of Excellence for Tourism Education from the National Tourism Administration of the Peoples Republic of China, Pacific Asia Travel Associations Presidential Award and Grand Award for Individual Educational Accomplishment, Academy of Tourism Organizations NOAH Award and Travel Industry Associations America Hall of Leaders Award.The State of Hawaii honored him as State Manager of the Year in 1995 and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin in 1999 named him one of the 100 people who made a difference for the State of Hawaii during the 20th Century.PATA, whose birthplace was in Hawaii in 1951, serves as the leading voice and authority of travel and tourism in the Asia Pacific region.PATA has 41 chapters and thousands of members around the world.He was active in the establishment of a network for education and training institutions including work with the World Tourism Organization (WTO).As co-author of the WTO Declaration of the Universal Right to Travel, the Macau Declaration on Tourism and Training, and the Declaration of Male on Sustainable Tourism and the Environment, he has advanced both PATA and WTO objectives in supporting travel as a fundamental freedom, human resource development, and sustainable development.
Architecture and Travel Industry Management are both distinctive schools that play a crucial role in the state's economy and culture," UH Manoa Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Reed Dasenbrock said in a statement.In its announcement, PATA noted, The Gallery of Legends honour is not awarded every year and, as a rule, not conferred on a living person. Gee will be joining other pioneers and visionaries who have helped to define and shape the development and growth of travel and tourism in the AP region in their respective fieldsairlines, hotels, architecture, culture and environment, aircraft design, literature, theme parks, as well as human resource development. Gee will be joining such prominent names as Juan Trippe, founder of Pan Am; Thomas Cook, travel pioneer; Conrad Hilton, hotel entrepreneur; Sir Edmund Hilliary, environmentalist; James Michener, novelist; Joseph Sutter, father of the 747 series of aircrafts; Walt Disney, imagineer; and others whose name plaques are mounted on the PATA Gallery of Legends exhibit located in the central breezeway of the Honolulu International Airport.Gee served as dean of the University of Hawaii at Mānoa School of Travel Industry Management from 1976 until his retirement in 1999.His induction into the PATA Gallery of Legends is testimony to the wisdom he has accumulated and shared during a life of extraordinary service and achievement." Interim President David Lassner said, Its an incredible source of pride when a member of the UH community is honored at the very pinnacle of his profession.We couldnt be prouder of Chuck being recognized as a Legend alongside other absolute giants of tourism.