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PHDCCI organises 3rd edition of National Talent Competition for Skill Development in tourism and hospitality sector

(From L to R): Vishal Jindal, Chairman – Skill Development Committee, PHDCCI; Rhys Williams, Project Director, Victoria University; Rajan Bahadur, CEO, Tourism and Hospitality Skill Council; Vinod Zutshi (Retd. IAS), Former Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India; H.E. Sulton Rahimzoda, Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan; Piyush Tiwari, CMD, India Tourism Development Corporation; Yogesh Srivastav, Principal Director, PHDCCI; Meena Bhatia, Vice President & GM, Le Meridien New Delhi; Vasudha Sondhi, Managing Director, Outbound Marketing; and Rajan Sehgal, Co-Chairman – Tourism Committee, PHDCCI

The tourism committee of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) organised the 3rd edition of National Talent Competition for Skill Development in Tourism and Hospitality Sector with the theme ‘Opportunities and Challenges of Digital Transformation in Tourism and Hospitality Sector’ on 20 September, 2019 at PHD House, New Delhi.

The objective of organising the Competition was to create a robust and sustainable ecosystem for skill development in the tourism industry and enable the youth to get blue-collar jobs by participating in such programmes.

Inaugural Session was graced by H.E. Sulton Rahimzoda, Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan; Piyush Tiwari, CMD, India Tourism Development Corporation; Vinod Zutshi (Retd. IAS), Former Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India; and Rhys Williams, Project Director, Victoria University. Vishal Jindal, Chairman – Skill Development Committee, PHDCCI; Rajan Sehgal, Co-Chairman – Tourism Committee, PHDCCI; and Yogesh Srivastav, Principal Director, PHDCCI were also part of the Inaugural Session.

While inaugurating the programme, H.E. Sulton Rahimzoda, Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan, said that Tourism is one of the best ways to develop bilateral relations between India and Tajikistan. He also informed that their Government has recently liberalized visa schemes for tourists visiting the country.

Piyush Tiwari, CMD, India Tourism Development Corporation, said that there is no dearth of talent in our country, but it needs proper guidance and structure to develop completely. Programmes like these help create platforms and opportunities for managers at all levels to come together and enhance their professional competence and skills.

Suman Billa (IAS), Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India; Radha Bhatia, Chairperson – Tourism Committee, PHDCCI; Kishore Kaya, Co-Chairman – Tourism Committee, PHDCCI; H.E. Radu Octavian Dobre, Ambassador of Romania; Vinod Zutshi (Retd. IAS), Former Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India; Pronab Sarkar, President, Indian Association of Tour Operators; and Rajan Sehgal, Co-Chairman – Tourism Committee, PHDCCI

Addressing the participants, Vinod Zutshi (Retd. IAS), Former Secretary – Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, said that the theme of the Competition is very important as digital transformation has overwhelmed the entire travel ecosystem, triggering a formidable rise in competition. The management education in India has undergone a sea change. It is essential that the curriculum is constantly adapted to cope up with the changes in the business world and meet the aspirations of the industry.

Vishal Jindal, Chairman – Skill Development Committee, PHDCCI in his address said that tourism has great capacity to create large scale employment and generation of massive productive employment opportunities is what India needs the most. He also highlighted as to how education and skill development can help boost the quality of tourism and hospitality industry in the country.

Rhys Williams, Project Director, Victoria University, congratulated PHDCCI for organising this programme and said that it will further refine and revalidate the student’s information base and harnesses their presentation skills, which will be a big boost to their career.

Rajan Sehgal, Co-Chairman – Tourism Committee, PHDCCI, mentioned that this competition will help the corporates for retention of young talent pool and at the same time provide unique opportunity to the budding managers to demonstrate their creativity and professional prowess.

A total of 13 colleges and universities took part in the Competition which was evaluated by distinguished panel of Jury Members –Vinod Zutshi (Retd. IAS), Former Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India;  Rajan Bahadur, CEO.