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

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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.

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