By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 02nd September:- Thomas Cook India Limited’s education and training vertical, Centre of Learning, felicitated 270 students of the 2015-2016 batch at its fifth Convocation Ceremony held at the Indian Merchants Chamber, Mumbai, yesterday. The ceremony was graced by the Chief Guest Craig Astridge Regional Head, Marketing and Commercial Services, Asia-Pacific International Air Transport Association who delivered the keynote address. Guest of Honour at the event were Lokesh Matta, Regional Training Business Development Manager, South Asiaat International Air Transport Association (IATA) along with Ms.Soraya Homchuen, Director, Tourism Authority of Thailand and Abraham Alapatt, President & Group Head, Marketing, Service Quality, Financial Services & Innovation,Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. Gracing the occasion were Ms. Smeeta Gulvady,Vice President &Head- Centre of Learning at Thomas Cook (India) Ltdand other dignitaries from the travel and tourism fraternity.
The Centre of Learning Convocation Ceremony honoured its students who had successfully completed the Travel Professional Program, a Post Graduate Course in Travel & Tourism Management, Certificate Course in World Tour Management, IATA. Scholarship certificates and special prizes were awarded to top performers of Centre of Learning’s Travel Professional Program - a Post Graduate course in Travel & Tourism Management.
Thomas Cook India’s Centre of Learning has played a pioneering role in the education and training field with a focus on building a highly skilled resource human resource pool for the Travel & Tourism Industry. Centre of Learning was honoured with the prestigious “South Asia Top Performing Authorized training Centre 2016” for the fourth time for outstanding contribution towards helping human capital by reaching out to the next generation, by the internationally renowned IATA accreditation.
Centre of Learning’s vision sees strong synergy with The Skill India Mission by Prime Minister Narendra Modi which in turn seeks to impart vocational skills to 24 lakh workers this year and to 40.2crore people by 2022; an initiative that is expected to see profound changes in the education and training field in India.
Commenting on Ms. Mona Cheriyan, President & Group Head, Human Resources, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd said that it is indeed a proud moment for Thomas Cook India’s Centre of Learning, as we felicitate 270 students graduating today. Travel and tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors in India. This service intensive industry relies heavily on human capital and we are delighted to see delivery of our strategic intent of education and training in the tourism domain. At Thomas Cook’s Centre of Learning, our mission is to arm travel professionals with world class skills and training - not just for potential careers at Thomas Cook India, but for the entire Indian travel and tourism industry in line with its rapidly evolving needs. Our training programs offer a unique combination of travel academics and managerial courses, coupled with industry skills and hands on work experience to equip our students with a diverse portfolio of skill sets as future torch bearers of the Tourism Industry.
Craig Astridge Regional Head, Marketing and Commercial Services, Asia-Pacific added that the potential of India’s aviation market is huge. By 2026, we expect India to become the third largest passenger market in the world. The anticipated growth in travel demand will need to be supported by travel & tourism professionals. Thomas Cook India’s Centre of Learning which has played a pioneering role in the education and training field with a focus on building a highly skilled resource human resource pool for the Travel & Tourism Industry will be an important partner in building the required leadership and competencies that are essential forIndia.