To commemorate the celebrations of world heritage week 2021 themed “complex past: diverse future” Department of Travel Tourism & Hospitality Management, Berhampur University conducted the 1st event of the dept. on virtual talk as “Towards Heritage Tourism Development in India” by guest speaker Dr. Reyaz Ahmad Qureshi (Head Dept. of Tourism, Hospitality & Leisure Studies) from University of Kashmir Hazratbal Srinagar, India.
In the august presence of Prof. Govind Chakrapani, Honourable Vice Chancellor of Berhampur University, the heritage talk was conducted. Honourable Vice Chancellor warm heartedly welcomed the Guest speaker Dr. Qureshi and also congratulated the department for organizing such an event.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Iqbal Ahmad Bhat, coordinator of the department highlighted the importance of the event. Ms. Kalpana Behara, faculty member in the department introduced the guest speaker in native Odia language followed by Dr. Iqbal in English language.
The guest speaker in his valuable talk explained the meaning and importance of Heritage tourism and the criterion required for development of heritage tourism in India as well as in Odisha. He further made us understand how our past is complex and how are future is diverse regarding the aspects of Heritage tourism.” The speaker laid thrust on the promotion of regional heritage while laying emphasis on sustainable tourism practices. The speaker also highlighted the importance of cross-cultural understanding and the importance of heritage in the development of tourism. The speaker in his concluding remarks said that we can have collaborations between Berhampur University and Kashmir University especially for student internship programmes as well as faculty exchange programmes. The talk was followed by question-and-answer session wherein guest speaker answered different questions and queries from students as well as audience. The talk was concluded with a valuable remark of the Vice Chancellor mentioning more such webinars should be conducted for the benefit of students as well as teachers for the promotion of academic activities in the university. Vice Chancellor also desired that such events should also be conducted in the university campus in the physical mode for the overall development of the academic environment.
Ms. Ritu Tiwari faculty member in the department of travel tourism and hospitality management proposed the vote of thanks.