The fifth annual India International Hotel, Travel & Tourism Research Conference (IIHTTRC) organised by Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology (BCIHMCT), Delhi concluded with the call for increased industry – institute interaction to improve the quality of curriculum and education standards in tourism and hospitality in the country.
The three-day long panel discussions highlighted the dire need for updating the curriculum with inputs from industry to keep up with the rapidly changing trends; appropriate screening of the candidates along with proper introduction to the industry at the time of admission; Industry taking responsibility of industrial trainees’ education on the job; Industrial training to be recognized as Internship rather than it being vocational; faculty trainings to be conducted at the hotels more often; and, formation of a graduate profile with inputs from Industry and Academia.
The conference was inaugurated by Rajindera Kumar, Director of Vivanta By Taj Ambassador, New Delhi, and former President of the Federation of Hotels and Restaurant Associations of India. He asked students and scholars of the hospitality and tourism industry to have a clear strategy for career development.
The technical sessions were carried out on several topics such as, Emerging Trends in Tourism, Travel and Hospitality; Green Practices & Sustaining Environment in Hospitality & Tourism; Managing Human Resources in Hospitality and Tourism; Tourism and Hospitality Marketing Strategies and Consumer Behaviour among others.
Musafir Namah Bureau