Aligarh: New Tourism Foundation was laid with the onset of very first Tourism Students Festival that featured tourism students, scholars and professors recently. AMU being the partner institution of this tourism festival enriched the audience with valuable learning. The event witnessed deliberations on strategies for the holistic development of the Tourism Sector. The event incorporated multiple sessions on varied tourism activities like gastronomy tourism, responsible tourism and entrepreneurship in tourism.
Every session culminated with quiz and the best performer was rewarded with food, museum vouchers and surprise gifts. Approximately 1500 participants attended the event.
Minister of Tourism, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel had been the part of inaugural and valedictory events and emphasized the need to boost the morale of travellers with carefully designed strategies.
Vice Chancellor of AMU, Prof Tariq Mansoor, while addressing the faculties and students said that the recent past shows that tourism has always been the busiest activity but COVID-19 hit the industry hardest. But we should stay focused on the future course of action and the Tourism Student Festival in this journey came out to be a significant step.
Prof Sheeba Hamid who coordinated between AMU and New Tourism Foundation delivered a session on, “Academia – Industry Partnerships for New Tourism Education” and pointed out that tourism organizations and institutions should cultivate more united efforts for promoting the industry.
All the speakers discussed and imparted the sessions at length. Activities like comedy shows, open mic, evening entertainment, wellness class and many more were also held.