Partnering industry with academia
The Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management Noida celebrated the World Tourism Day on September 27 by organising a highly appropriate HR Tourism Conclave, which sought to highlight a few issues faced by the industry, especially in the context of
The conclave, which had a good mix of tourism students, teachers and travel agents, was divided into three tracks, so that there could be focussed discussions. One only hopes that the deliberations, interesting and useful as they were, are continued on a regular basis at different levels. The IITTM leadership had taken great pains to organise the event and it is to be hoped that follow up action-- to bridge the gap between the industry and the academia can be filled.
The fist track was on New Age Skill sets for tourism industry--expectations of the industry; the second was on skill development and capacity building, while the third, and perhaps the most important, was on Making industryacademia partnership work. Many prominent personalities addressed the session.
Shoba Mohan of RARE destinations and experiences said that experiential travel was growing and the students should read a lot and maintain a daily diary. Among others who spoke were Smeeta Gulvady of Thomas Cook and GG Saxena for MD, DTDC. It will be keenly watched how the industry and the teaching institutes, like IITTM, follow up the World Tourism Day start.