Budget 2019 is in making and the travel and tourism industry has its demands. Relaxation in the taxes will allow improvements in the area. The native and global tourist crowd will experience immense growth and double the income in the sector. Enhancement in the infrastructure and connectivity is expected from the Budget 2019. Hastening the tourism projects in the destinations will attract travelers from across the world. "Last mile connectivity from major metros to tourism destinations will act as a catalyst to double our tourism numbers and contribute to overall development," stated Peter Kerkar, CEO of Travel company Cox & Kings Group. In order to bring in more tourists from abroad, the air seat capacity needs to be increased. This is one of the significant challenges faced by the tourism sector while attracting foreign tourists, he mentioned. Extending the UDAN Scheme to more airports and helping the private tourism sector in making it feasible, he said.
Travel and tourism industry has scaled a massive leap in recent times with the government taking every possible step to boost the tourism industry in the country. However, the Travind Institute of Travel and Tourism witnessed its 4th convocation ceremony in the presence of two renowned personalities in the Tourism & Hospitality industry, Dr L.S. Chirmule, Principal of the BVDU Institute of HMCT, Pune, along with Prof. Nachiket Aradhye, who was present as a keynote speaker. The ceremony was hosted by Ms.Pooja N. Pardesi, a senior faculty at Travind Institute, Pune.
The ceremony kick started with felicitation of the chief guests by Mr.Bhimrao Gotarne, Branch Head of the Travind Institute, accompanied by Ms.Shweta Bodhe, Director of Travind. However, the students present at the ceremony were addressed by the Key Note speaker, Prof. Nachiket Aradhye, who has had a vast experience in the industry. He stressed on how the Hospitality and Tourism Industry goes hand-in-hand:
“It’s no longer a hidden truth that Hospitality and Travel Industry goes hand-in-hand. In the absence of tourism, hospitality suffers a direct impact. Similarly, in today’s scenario, we can readily observe that the students are failing to be consistent enough to survive in the industry. I have had a major struggle to reach the consistency level that made me achieve success. And hence, while going hand-in-hand with the booming opportunities in the industry, one must also take care of maintaining
the consistency to give the tourism industry a major boost.”
To share a piece of knowledge with the students, out of her overall experience, so far, Dr L.S. Chirmule quoted that,
“We have been blessed with the outcomes of the booming hospitality and tourism industry. But, while going hand-in-hand with the industry, there’s also a great need felt of grooming the students. Earlier, only the visual appearance was considered, but as per to what the pacing industry suggests, we need to evolve with the overall skills. You may also be judged upon your representation in public. And hence, do not restrict yourself … absorb as much knowledge as you can.”Later, the students who were top performers throughout the years, in overall aspects, were called upon the stage to award them for their success. Neha Panjwani was awarded as a ‘Student of the year’ for securing the 1st rank in all her previous semesters, followed by Vedika Kulkarni with ‘Most Consistent Student Award’ for her 95 % attendance. Shruti Neve was awarded for securing the first rank in her recent academics, laced up with 95 % attendance.