Trends in tourism industry

National seminar

The department of tourism studies, Christ University, recently hosted its ‘4th National Seminar’ – the theme of which was ‘Trends In The Management of Tourism Industry’.

Keen : A section of the audience.

The two-day seminar had four technical sessions with panel discussions and 25 research paper presentations by ten students selected from all over the country. 

Most of the guests present at the inauguration shed light on the kind of trends emerging in the tourism industry and what it lacked. Professor Tomy K Kallarakal of Christ University, in his welcome address to the students, explained how getting qualified human resource is the biggest challenge in tourism today. The chief guest Vinay Luthra, additional principal chief conservator of forests, Karnataka, spoke about the negative and positive impact that tourism has had in our country.

A keen audience sat through the speeches and many of them were seen involved in the paper presentations and technical sessions. Topics like ‘New Tourist Psychology’, ‘A Sustainable Indian Tourism’ and ‘Eco-Trends in Tourism’ interested many of the students present there in the seminar. Said Soumya, one of the students, “Not everything  can be learnt inside the classroom. Getting perspectives from people who have been there in the industry for a long time will help us understand the concept better.”

D Murali, station manager of Air India, in his key note address encouraged the students to bring in new ideas that will help improve tourism in the country.

When asked about the objective of this seminar, Smitha, a student said, “We mainly want to widen our horizons and knowledge by getting different perspectives about the various trends that are taking place in the industry today.”

Presenters from Manipal, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Kerala and Tamil Nadu also took part in the seminar.   

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