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.
As per the data, by WTTC the travel and tourism sector generated Rs 14.1 trillion (USD208.9 billion) in 2016, which is the world’s 7th largest economy and the sum is equivalent to 9.6% of India’s GDP.
Additionally, the new report says that the tourism sector created 40.3 million jobs in 2016, which ranks India 2nd in the world in terms of total employment generated. The sector accounts for 9.3% of the country’s total jobs.
David Scowsill, President, and CEO, WTTC, said-
“India is a tremendous Travel and Tourism economy, and I am pleased to see the sector GDP is growing. However, we believe that these numbers could be even higher and that the positive impact of our sector could be more wide-ranging. India has a huge potential to increase its international visitors and, in doing so, it can create more jobs and drive economic growth”.
He added, “We encourage the Indian government to continue to adopt policies that encourage the tourism in India”.
Therefore, it's a great advantage for those who are working in travel and tourism sector and also for those who wish to make their career in travel and tourism sectors.