Amity Institute of Travel and Tourism with great enthusiasm and reverence inaugurated and conducted the 8th convention on 22nd Sep - 23Sep 2011 to mark the significance of World Tourism Day which is celebrated all over the world on 27th Sep each year. This was organized in C block auditorium of Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, Sector 125. On the auspicious occasion, pre inaugural session started with introducing the 8th Convention by Prof. (Dr.) Manohar Sajnani, Director Amity Institute of Travel and Tourism, and the welcome of our guest speakers by the senior faculty members of Amity institute of Travel and Tourism, followed by address of three key speakers invited for the day. Mr. D. K Bakshi, Indo-Thai Chamber of Commerce & CEO Global Talent Consultant Co. Ltd. mesmerized the gathering with his motivational address. Mr. Mathew Cooper, General Manager, Courtyard by Marriot, conveyed the importance of linking cultures and his magical journey over the years and Mr. Navin Rizvi, Vice President India & Head Business Development, ICE – Integrated Conference and Events, India shared his vast experience.
Inaugural session started with the introduction and welcome of the Chief Guest, Prof. (Dr.) D S Rathore, followed by the lighting of the traditional lamp to invoke the blessings of goddess Saraswati. The auditorium was vibrating with the energy and experience by the presence of the Corporate leaders from the industry, Mr. Anumod Gagan Sharma, Managing Director, Kingdom of Dreams, Mr. Ankur Bhatia, Managing Director, Bird Group. Mr. Arjun Sharma, Managing Director Le Passage to India, regretted his presence due to some previous commitment. Our Corporate leaders were welcomed by Prof. (Dr.) Manohar Sajnani, Director, Amity Institute of Travel and Tourism. An Overview of Amity was presented by Maj. Gen. R K Dhawan, Sr. Vice President, International Affairs Division. This was followed by the address of our worthy Chief Guest Prof. (Dr.) D S Rathore. Time had come to sit back and enjoy the cultural show put up by the students of Amity Institute of Travel and Tourism. The effort was made to reflect and justify the theme of the day Tourism- Linking Culture. Students performed a classical dance , Korean Dance, Flaminco dance, Rajasthani Dance followed by the Carnival and concluded the cultural saga with National Anthem of INDIA.
The great moments of witnessing the award ceremony arrived. To honour the awardees we had with us Honble Founder President Sir, Dr. Ashok K Chauhan, Maj. Gen. K J Singh, the Vice Chancellor, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh and Director Amity Institute of Travel and Tourism Prof. Dr. Manohar Sajnani. We celebrated the success of the winners of inter university debate competition held on 22Sep 2011 by awarding them the team trophy and sponsored travel packages. This was followed by the corporate awards to the Lead Sponsors and the sponsors of the day. Towards the end the glorious moments of honoring the corporate leaders was witnessed by the gathering. They were presented with the Citation and a corporate gift to acknowledge and appreciate their contribution, dedication and unparallel success in the industry.
At the end Vote of Thanks was given by the senior faculty member of Amity Institute of Travel and Tourism.
On September 22, 2011 Inter University Debate Competition on the theme” Is Tourism Responsible for Commodifying Cultures and Cultural Attractions?” was organised. The jury members consisted of Mr. Sanjeev Bhandari, Director, UTS, Mr. Joy D. Gupta , Managing Director, Omega Travels, Mr. Rothin Sirkar, Managing Director, Tour Lovers. 20 teams participated from different universities. Including teams from Jamia Milia Islamia, M D University Rohtak, Delhi University colleges and more premier institutions to complete the list. Winner team adjudged is IITTM (Ministry of Tourism, Government of India),Delhi, 1st Runner up IHM Pusa , (Ministry of Tourism, Government of India). 2nd Runner up Jamia Milia Islamia. Along with this 3 special awards announced on the spot by jury were Best Speaker , Best Presentation and Best Jury Award.
Winners were given a team trophy along with a travel package for 2 of 4nights 5days to Andaman. 1st Runner up was given a team trophy along with a travel package for 2 of 3nts 4days to Ooty. 2nd Runner up was given a team trophy along with the meal coupons for 2 for different restaurants of Delhi / NCR. The special awardees will be given a package for 1night 2 days to Rishikesh for rafting.
Mr. Mathew Cooper, General Manager, Courtyard by Marriot addressing the gathering
Prof. (Dr.) Manohar Sajnani, Director, Amity Institute of Travel and Tourism addressing the gathering
Dr. Ashok K. Chauhan, Founder President, Amity Group presenting the award to Mr. Ankur Bhatia, Managing Director, Bird Group
Students presenting cultural program during 8th convention
From L-R Prof. (Dr.) Manohar Sajnani, Director AITT, Mr. Mathew Cooper, General Manager, Courtyard by Marriot, Mr. D. K Bakshi, Indo-Thai Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Navin Rizvi, Vice President India & Head Business Development, ICE
Dr. Ashok K. Chauhan, Founder President, Amity Group addressing the gathering