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Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology inaugurated The 5thIndia International Hotel Travel and Tourism Research Conference (IIHTTRC) on February 11, 2015 in association with New Zealand India Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington. IIHTTRC is one of the most outstanding forum involving Hotel, Travel and Tourism Industry. It was a proud moment for Principal BCIHMCT, Mr. R.K. Bhandari and his team to host the conference, inaugurated by Mr. Rajindera Kumar, Director, Vivanta by Taj Ambassador, New Delhi & Former President, FHRAI & HRANI in the presence of other dignitaries, delegates and students.

Professor Fevzi Okumus, PhD and CHE, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management and Professor of Leadership and Strategic Management in Hospitality, Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida gave a Keynote Speech on “Publishing in Top-Tier Hospitality and Tourism Journals” and enlightened the gathering.

Dr. Manohar Sajnani, Dean, Faculty of Hospitality & Tourism and Director, Amity Institute of Travel & Tourism, Amity University, India elaborated upon “Emerging Global Trends, Opportunities  and Challenges in Travel and Tourism Sector” during his speech at the start of the second day of conference.

The technical sessions were carried out on several themes 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; Hotel Operations and Food Service Management and Contemporary Issues in Hospitality & Tourism on 11th and 12th February, 2015.

The third day of IIHTTRC commenced with the Keynote address of Dr. Asad Mohsin, Associate Professor, Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato and Associate Director, New Zealand India Research Institute (Victoria University of Wellington) on “Examining Staff Turnover in Luxury Hotels of India”.

Dr. Swarup Sinha, Principal, ITC Hospitality Institute discussed “Expectation of Hospitality Industry from the Hotel Management Graduates: Are they ready to be hired?” to motivate students and educators, help mitigate the gap between industry and academia.

A Panel Discussion on “Industry’s Role in Improving Hospitality Education in India” concluded the three day conference consisting of the esteemed panelists namely Maj. Gen. (Retd.) B.N. Kaul, Pro Vice Chancellor, Amity University, Rajasthan; Chef Y.B. Mathur, Executive Director, Culinary Design & Application Group; Ms. Viniti Behl, Manager Corporate - Learning & Development, Taj Group of Hotels; Dr. Swarup Sinha, Principal, ITC Hospitality Management Institute; Ms. Nitika Bajaj, HR & Talent Development Manager, Crowne Plaza New Delhi Rohini and Mr. R. K. Bhandari, Principal BCIHMCT.

The propositions made during the panel discussion were:- Updating the curriculum with inputs from Industry to keep up with the 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.

Culture trips to Surajkund Fair and Agra were organized for the delegates after the closing ceremony.