The College of Tourism and Hospitality Management in collaboration with the Graduate School Research Center for Social Sciences and Education organized the 3rd National Virtual Tourism and Hospitality Conference which was held on October 28, 2022.
The event discussed and analyzed the current practices and standards of the tourism and hospitality industry vis-à-vis the theories being taught to the learners; explained the significance and value of industry practices and standards aligned with the courses taken by the learners; and assessed how the learners could utilize the learnings manifested once that they will be joining the industry.
The theme, “Tourism and Hospitality Academe-Government Collaboration towards Sustainable Development,” directly highlights the significance of academe-government partnership and collaboration in developing sustainable plans and programs for the tourism and hospitality industry and its related stakeholders.
Dr. Reil G. Cruz, Associate Professor from the Asian Institute of Tourism of the University of the Philippines – Diliman, was the Plenary Speaker for the virtual event and shared the current academe-government collaboration in the tourism and hospitality industry.
Academic staff members from CTHM served as panel discussants who shared their experiences on research projects with local government units. Asst. Prof. Fredeswindo R. Medina shared his experiences on the Municipality of Maragondon, Cavite Natural and Cultural Heritage Mapping Project. Mr. Arnulfo Ricardo A. Butiong (Tourism Management) together with Ms. Kathrine Camille A. Nagal (Hospitality Management) shared the project outcomes and their experiences during the conceptualization of the Davao City Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Expositions (MICE) Strategic Management Plan 2022-2026.
Also present during the virtual conference was CTHM Dean Assoc. Prof. Gezzez Giezi G. Granado, DCL who shared his project output and experiences while conceptualizing the Samar Island Natural Park (SINP) Sustainable Tourism and Strategic Development Plan 2022-2031.