UNWTO Secretary-General inaugurates World Tourism Research Center and IIHM Hospitality on World Tourism Day


The Secretary General of the UNWTO, Zurab Pololikasvili, addressed the IIHM on this occasion: “We are celebrating the cautious reopening of the world to travel. Now is the time to recognize the essential role of our sector as a vision of sustainable and equal development. The theme for World Tourism Day 2021 is Tourism for Inclusive Growth. We emphasize the value of everyone involved in tourism, both the visitors and the visited. “

The speech of the Honorable Secretary General of UNWTO can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/iihmhotelschool/videos/1253016698545865

Reiterating the ideas of the Secretary General, Anita Mendiratta, founder and president of Anita Mendiratta & associates, London and Advisor to UNWTO Secretary General said: “The global pandemic has forced us to focus on how to strengthen the tourism community in the future. There are four reasons for this. Travel and tourism are important for small and medium-sized businesses. , many businesses had to close because they could not survive. We also have the level of young people, who have been forced to look for jobs in other sectors. The IIHM and the educational community must re-inspire young people to make them understand that it is one of the most remarkable professions. We need to make young people feel valued, protected, engaged and supported. Then we talk about women. Eighty percent of travel and tourism businesses are in the SME sector and 50 percent of them come through the employment of women. Finally, we must focus on the environment. The development of sustainable tourism must be environmental. We must protect everything that nature has given us.

Padma Shri Sanjeev Kapoor the focus of inclusiveness turned to food. “Tourism is not just transport from one person to another, it is an experience and a meeting of minds and souls. This year’s theme, Tourism for Inclusive Growth, focuses on the need to celebrate food. In the next 20 years, it’s time for the East and we need to start working on it now. The pandemic has taught us that we cannot wait, we have to take corrective action in the form of the environment or ourselves or in tourism or in food. India can provide food is unthinkable. We have put a lot of emphasis on food, especially on healthier eating. Therefore, we need to bring inclusiveness and sustainability to food at every step. ”

The tourism industry will undergo radical change and Dr. Suborno Bose, IIHM President and Chief Mentor, highlighted how the IIHM World Center for Tourism and Hospitality Research will help cope with the changes. . “Tourism in the post-Covid 19 era will be very different. Customer sentiment will be very different from what it was before March 2020. The emphasis will be on health and hygiene, guests will be primarily concerned with the hygiene of premises and people associated with the industry. Students and professionals associated with the tourism and hospitality industries must be prepared to face the changes and move forward and the IIHM World Tourism and Hospitality Research Center will help them to every possible way. ”

Teacher David Foskett, MBE, guest speaker and author on hospitality, added, “Tourism helps humanity understand other cultures and people around the world. We need some research because after the pandemic the world will not be the same when it comes to customer service. research. Tourism has a lot to offer and research will help us understand how to overcome problems and obstacles in the future.

The full event can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/iihmhotelschool/videos/545804593171136

About the IIHM

IIHM (International Institute of Hotel Management) is the largest chain of leading hotel and hospitality management schools across India who began his journey in 1994 at Calcutta. The IIHM is part of the Indismart group, the conglomerate that operates the Indismart hotels. The campuses of the IIHM are located in ten national and international cities with the associated institute IAM-IHM located at Calcutta, and Guwahati. Students leaving the IIHM are armed with an international diploma from the University of West London and equipped with global hospitality skills that allow easy placements in any hotel brand across the globe. The IIHM is dedicated to its pursuit of excellence in teaching and internship. Real-time experience is the key to hospitality success and that’s what makes the institute popular. In recent years, the IIHM has been instrumental in organizing the world’s largest Culinary Olympiad, with the participation of over 50 countries, a unique idea and initiative inviting young culinary talents from all over the world. It has memoranda of understanding with over 50 countries for student and faculty exchanges, bringing the best of education to its students around the world.

The institute has won several prestigious awards over the past 24 years. The list includes the Economic Times Best Education Brand award consecutively in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. It has also been featured in Forbes magazine as the Great Indian Institute and Great Place to Study consecutively over the years. years 2018 – 2019 and 2019 – 2020. IIHM was also ranked among the biggest brands and leaders in the world 2015-16 by URS International (IMEA – Process Reviewer PriceWaterhouseCoopers PL) and also received the award for the best institute in hospitality education 2017 awarded by Assocham by Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Hon’ble Minister of State for HRD (Higher Education), Govt. from India.


Abdallah Ahmed,
International Institute of Hotel Management
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