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Key Points of Discussion:

  • With the fall in hotel booking due to lockdown and much-reduced travel outlook ahead, what is the future of the hospitality industry ahead? Are the aberrations temporary or long run?
  • How will the travel and aviation industries evolve post-COVID with movements being restricted and a lot of work turning digital and from home?
  • How will the hotels, airlines, road and rail transport, and restaurants ensure hygiene and physical distancing and yet do their business?
  • What innovations can be brought into the hospitality industry business and operations in the post-COVID times?
  • How will COVID impact upon hospitality industry education in 2020-21 and beyond? Is it a temporary impact? 

Summary of discussion

  • The students have to accept the change and move ahead. They have to have a little faith and patience and enhance the skills which will, in turn, help them in effective planning.
  • The classroom infrastructure has to be upgraded to meet all social discussing norms suggested by the government. For this time period, we have to give focus on online learning and teaching procedure.
  • This is not the correct time to search for jobs abroad in the hospitality or tourism sectors. It will take one year or so to resume the process again.
  • The teaching classes should be divided into 6-7 batches. The students and the faculty need to be flexible and they should be trained accordingly.
  • We have to find some innovative ways to sell the hotel's rooms to local residents for having a good time with family to spend a weekend. So this is the high time to focus on the domestic tourists to get business in this pandemic situation.
  • Building up confidence at the consumer end is a primary responsibility of the stakeholders of the tourism industry.
  • Students of Hospitality Management, should not lose hope and should keep studying the theory part at this time and join meaningful and helpful webinars to enhance your knowledge.
  • Diversification of the hospitality sector helped the hospitality sector to spread through various services.
  • The students should enrich their skills in various domains in practical fields and enhance their knowledge as much as they can flourish in this sector.
  • Students should strive to become entrepreneurs and inculcate entrepreneurial thinking as this would prove to be a long-term solution for the industry.

Summary of discussion

  • The students have to accept the change and move ahead. They have to have a little faith and patience and enhance the skills which will, in turn, help them in effective planning.
  • The classroom infrastructure has to be upgraded to meet all social discussing norms suggested by the government. For this time period, we have to give focus on online learning and teaching procedure.
  • This is not the correct time to search for jobs abroad in the hospitality or tourism sectors. It will take one year or so to resume the process again.
  • The teaching classes should be divided into 6-7 batches. The students and the faculty need to be flexible and they should be trained accordingly.
  • We have to find some innovative ways to sell the hotel's rooms to local residents for having a good time with family to spend a weekend. So this is the high time to focus on the domestic tourists to get business in this pandemic situation.
  • Building up confidence at the consumer end is a primary responsibility of the stakeholders of the tourism industry.
  • Students of Hospitality Management, should not lose hope and should keep studying the theory part at this time and join meaningful and helpful webinars to enhance your knowledge.
  • Diversification of the hospitality sector helped the hospitality sector to spread through various services.
  • The students should enrich their skills in various domains in practical fields and enhance their knowledge as much as they can flourish in this sector.
  • Students should strive to become entrepreneurs and inculcate entrepreneurial thinking as this would prove to be a long-term solution for the industry.
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