Tourism is a rapidly growing phenomenon and has become one of the largest industries in the world. The impact of tourism is extremely varied. On one hand, it plays an important and certainly positive role in the socio-economic and political development in destination countries by, for instance, offering new employment opportunities.
Fifth edition of the NAAC sponsored one day national seminar was conducted on 24 -11-2017 .The theme of the national seminar was most contemporary one titled “TOURISM PROMOTION AND SUSTANINABLE DEVELOPMENT : A CRITICAL REFLECTION ON THE PRIORITIES , CHALLENGES AND DIRECTIONS IN TOURISM”. The one day seminar ensured amble academic and research attention of various distinguished educational institutions from different parts of India.
The seminar had a great inaugural ceremony. The inaugural session started at 10.00 am, was graced by the dignitaries closely associated with the tourism promotion. The welcome address was given by Mr.Eldho.K.J (IQAC coordinator, Don Bosco College).The vice-principal Fr.Kuriakose Cheeppinkal gave the presidential address. In his speech he emphasised the importance sustainable tourism development in current scenario.
Mrs. Rosakutty Teacher (Former Kerala Women Commission Chairperson), chief guest of the day, inaugurated the function by lighting the lamp and gave his inaugural address. In her talk she explained the challenges of tourism in Kerala. She stressed on the connection between the environment and tourism.
Our guest of honour Prof. T.Mohan Babu, Principal of Alphonsa College, delivered his mind blowing speech. In which he illustrated the development of tourism with historical background. He said that tourism is the largest developing business in the world.
The Journal of 2016-2017 was released by Mrs. Rosakutty teacher. The abstract of national seminar had released in the inaugural session by Prof.Mohan Babu. As a guest of honour memento was handed over to Mrs.Rosakutty teacher and Prof.Mohan Babu by Fr. Kuriakose Cheepinkal as a token of love.
The session ended with vote of thanks by Mr.Mathew Varghese programme coordinator of NAAC sponsored national seminar 2017.
The first session started by Dr. Anu Chandren (Asst.Professor of Pondicherry University). It was a thought provoking session. He explained about “Slow and Conscious travel: the neo paradigm for sustainable management of destination”. At the end of the session memento was given to Dr.Anu Chandren. The session ended with vote of thanks.
The tea break was followed by the technical session on sustainable tourism strategies chaired by Mr.Shelji Mathew (Asst. Prof. of Pazhassi raja College, Pulpally). The key note speaker was Dr. Joseph P.D from Mangalore University. He gave a lecture on sustainable coastal tourism development. After that, the open discussion was held at the same hall. The chairperson concluded the session.
The lunch break was started at 1 p.m. During the lunch break there was a cultural program by BSW students of Don Bosco College. The paper presentations started at 2.00 pm. There were two halls in which the presentations took place simultaneously. Third technical session held at the main stage by Mr.Anujith S. from Amal college Nilaboor chaired the session, Mr.K.C Robins( Oriental college , Lakkidi ) delivered the key note address. He reflected his ideas and experience on sustainable tourism. It was followed by open discussion on the same venue.
There were 21 paper presentations on interesting topics ranging from tourism verses environmental protection, Ethical issues in tourism sector, Tourism and sustainable development and so on. The sessions were moderated by Dr.Joseph P.D from Mangalore University and Mr.Shelji Mathew, Asst. Prof. of Pazhassi Raja College. Among the papers Mr.Shobin Mathew and Mr.Jijesh were selected as the best paper presenters.
The students from 28 different colleges have participated in the National seminar. Around 360 participants were registered. Valedictory session started at 3.30 p.m. On the whole it was a fruitful seminar for all the participants. It is indeed yet another mile stone in the history of Don Bosco College, Sulthan Bathery.