Dynamic Interaction at the PATA Youth Symposium in Bangalore, India

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BANGALORE, India, September 7, 2015 — Over 200 students, alumni, lecturers and industry professionals from India and overseas participated at the PATA Youth Symposium 2015, held at Christ University, Bangalore, India on Friday, September 4, 2015.

The programme, under the theme ‘Human Resources Challenges and Opportunities for Tourism’s Next Generation’, was developed with guidance from Dr Chris Bottrill, Chairman of the PATA Human Capital Development Committee and Dean, Faculty of Global and Community Studies at Capilano University, Canada.

Hailing the immense success of the PATA Youth Symposium, Dr Bottrill said, “All members of our delegation were very impressed with the engagement of students in the topic of human resources and the future for employment and careers in the industry. The students demonstrated passion and showed remarkable insight to the challenges and opportunities that exist in the future for our industry.

“Christ University was an exceptional host and ensured that the event unfolded smoothly. We were also treated to a special day on campus when all students dressed in their traditional attire and celebrated their heritage. We are grateful to all involved for a successful and enjoyable day,” he added.

The formal programme commenced with an address by Prof Suresh Pai, Associate Dean – Management, Christ University. Prof Pai extended his appreciation to all the international delegates for arriving at Christ University, Bengaluru from different corners of the world. Dr Fr Abraham V M, Pro Vice Chancellor, Christ University, then congratulated the Department of Tourism Studies at Christ University for hosting the symposium on such a grand note.

PATA Chief Executive Officer Mario Hardy announced the inclusion of Christ University as the newest member of PATA under the Education Category. In his address, he highlighted the importance and significance of the symposium with its modern approach to engagement. He said that the relaxed and personal approach was designed to reduce the gap between the industry and students. Mr Hardy also congratulated Christ University in achieving PATA membership and presented Dr Tomy K Kallarakal, Head of the University’s Department of Tourism Studies with a memento on behalf of the Association.

Y. Bhg. Dato’ Haji Azizan Noordin Dato’ Haji Azizan Noordin, Deputy Director General (International Promotions), Tourism Malaysia delivered a presentation on ‘How to Promote a Destination’, focusing upon Malaysia. He stressed that, to be successful, you need to be creative to initiate new segmentations of your products. In 2020, Tourism Malaysia expects to increase number of visitor arrivals to 36 million and to generate 168 Billion MYR.

Philip Schaetz, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Dorsett Hospitality International, Hong Kong SAR, presented on the topic ‘Social Media Management vs Traditional in Tourism and Hospitality’. He stated that ‘social media and traditional marketing co-exist to complement each other. Social media is not cheap and not free. They require talents to drive and technology to support’.

Bert van Walbeek, Vice President for Area Business Development Asia Pacific, Safehotels Alliance AB, Thailand, updated the audience on the topic ‘Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity’. He said, “Preparing students with soft skills is as important as the hard, theoretical skills they are taught. The tourism business is, in the first place, a people business. In preparing for a career, students must understand that IQ gets them through school but it is EQ which makes them successful in their tourism or hospitality careers.

“Taking them out of the academic bubble into the real life needs more attention in order to make students more ‘selectable’ by organisations. Attitude is the most important selection criteria. The better prepared they are, the better the opportunity for a satisfying career and the chance that students remain in our industry where hard work and long hours are the norm in providing sincere service.”

All participants shared their views in round-table discussions on the following topics:

  • What do you believe makes a great tourism employee?
  • How will your job in tourism change in the next ten years?
  • In what ways could we enhance respect for a career in tourism?

The Symposium concluded with Dr Tomy K Kallarakal presenting all the Speakers and International Delegates mementos as a token of appreciation on behalf of the Department of Tourism Studies, Christ University, Bangalore.

PATA Youth Symposium 2015 took place as part of an extensive programme in Bangalore that includes PATA Travel Mart 2015 and the PATA Executive and Board Meeting.

In recent years, the PATA Human Capital Development Committee has organised successful educational events at various institutions including UCSI University Sarawak Campus (April 2010), Institute for Tourism Studies (September 2010), Beijing International Studies University (April 2011) and Taylor’s University, Kuala Lumpur (April 2012), Lyceum of the Philippines University, Manila (September 2012), Thammasat University, Bangkok (April 2013), Chengdu Polytechnic, Huayuan Campus, China (September 2013), Sun Yat-sen University, Zhuhai Campus, China, (May 2014), Royal University of Phnom Penh (September 2014) and Sichuan Tourism School, Chengdu, (April 2015).

To view pictures from the event, please click here.



About PATA
Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a not-for profit association that is internationally acclaimed for acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its member organisations, comprising 87 government, state and city tourism bodies, 25 international airlines, airports and cruise lines, 59 educational institutions, and hundreds of travel industry companies in Asia Pacific and beyond. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 43 local PATA chapters worldwide. The chapters organise travel industry training and business development events. Their grassroots activism underpins PATA’s membership of the Global Travel Association Coalition (GTAC), which includes ACICLIAIATAICAOWEFUNWTO and the WTTC. The PATAmPOWER platform delivers unrivalled data, forecasts and insights from the PATA Strategic Intelligence Centre to members’ desktops and mobile devices anywhere in the world. PATA’s Head Office has been in Bangkok since 1998. The Association also has official offices or representation in Beijing, Sydney, Dubai, and London. Visit www.PATA.org.

Christ University, formerly Christ College (Autonomous) affiliated to Bangalore University was established in July 1969. It became the most preferred educational institution in the city of Bengaluru within the first three decades. With the introduction of innovative and modern curricula, insistence on academic discipline, imparting of Holistic Education, a team of creative and dedicated staff, the institution has been continually rated amongst the top 10 educational institutions of the country. It has the rare distinction of being the first institution in Karnataka to be accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) UGC for quality education. In 2004, UGC conferred autonomy on the Institution.

In 2005, it became the first College in South India to be reaccredited with A+ by NAAC. UGC identified it as an Institution with Potential for Excellence in 2006. On July 22, 2008, the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India, under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, declared it a Deemed to be University, in the name and style of Christ University.

Christ University is proud of its organizational culture rooted in gospel values, mutual respect, personal maturity and integrity, teamwork and social concern. The University welcomes to its fold students from different parts of the country to build a sense of nationalism and nurtures an open attitude to integrate the wisdom of the East and the West. This sense of national and global outlook is clearly visible through the support and guidance of the academicians, executives from the corporate sector and experts from abroad to train our students in our endeavor to build a better world.

The Department of Tourism Studies, Christ University was established in 1999, dedicated to the motto of excellence and service. The Department is committed to the overall development of an individual through academic excellence, professional competence, personal, interpersonal and societal skills. Christ University through the Department became the premier educational institute in Karnataka to introduce a two-year post-graduate programme in Tourism Studies – Master of Tourism Administration (MTA), today rechristened as Master of Business Administration (Tourism and Travel Management).

With a focus on greater academia and stronger industry relations, the Department also emphasis on research and development. The Department offers PhD, MPhil and BBA(Tourism and Travel Management) courses. The department is also an IATA/UFTAA Authorized Training Centre for international travel and tourism training programmes.

Driven with a strong and sound set of core values, the Department has always endeavored to empower students to face the challenges in the rapidly growing and ever-changing travel, tourism and hospitality industry.The Department undertakes educational programmes and organizes courses of study, lectures, seminars, workshops, symposia and conferences to prepare the students to meet the requirements of the industry. The department also offers guidance and directions to other institutions in the country and coordinates with them, so as to develop uniform and adequate standards of courses of instructions.


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Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 658 2000
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