Mangaluru, Mar 6, 2015: Presiding over inaugural of a two-day national conference ’Advance and Innovations in Tourism and Hospitality Management’ organised by Mangalore University MBA department in Mangalagangothri on March 5, Mangalore University Vice Chancellor Prof K Byrappa felt the urgent need to develop infrastructure in India in order to enhance tourism opportunities. He said even smal countries have developed infrastructure and attract tourists and reap a very high income.
Perhaps nowhere in the world can one find so many places of historical significance and spiritual spots, as in India. But, poor roads and other basic amenities in most of these tourist spots are the set back now. He said tourism should go hand in hand with hospitality industry. In DK hospitality has a good stature.
Unfortunately, hospitality in many tourist spots in India is not up to the mark and lacks professionalism. A planned and streamlined need for a lot of improvement is basic he added.
Countries like Singapore, Thailand and Italy have developed the tourist spots in a shorter span of around 20 years to be the favourite hotspots in the world, gathering a significant amount of revenue. They have also excelled in hospitality services, he added.
Indian Institute of Travel and Tourism, Goa, Nodal Officer Prof Sutheeshna Babu S, in his inaugural address said that Tourism plays a major role in shaping global economy and is a vital part of human life. Tourism contributes to GDP of the country in a significant way. Also it has a distinct aspect of creating jobs.
Maximum tourism business enterprises are micro, small and medium scale enterprises and support budding entrepreneurs. Sustainable tourism has been followed by many countries for good economic prospects. In India, tourism has fetched foreign exchange of Rs 7 billion in the last year.
In India, Central and state governments have taken initiatives to bring out schemes under hospitality. The Ministry of Tourism has implemented skill development programmes too, he said.
MBA department Chairman Dr Mallikarjunappa also spoke. Travel magazine ’Vogue’ and Student placement CD of MBA (Tourism Administration) were released by Vice Chancellor. Coordinator Prof Mustiary Begum and others were present and generally high interest was visible.