The 6th India International Hotel, Travel & Tourism Research Conference jointly organised by Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology (BCIHMCT) New Delhi and Indian Hospitality Congress (IHC) has called for qualitative research in tourism and hospitality education.
The three-day research conference got underway in BCIHMCT campus yesterday will deliberate on key issues associated with hotel, travel and tourism sector as well as see presentation of more than 40 research papers by scholars.
Inaugurating the conference, Anil Bhandari, former CMD of ITDC & Chairman of AbSmart Concepts, asked the academia to involve themselves more and more in research activities to take the industry growth forward. He said that research is lacking especially in the F&B segment in the country. India can grow as a food hub of the world if proper attention is paid to issues associated with cleanliness and hygiene, he said.
Delivering the keynote address, Dr Paulo, Mura, Programme Director, Taylor’s University, Malaysia, asked researchers to look at qualitative aspects rather than quantitative aspects. He said that the trend in Asia is more on quantitative research and therefore do not find place in top research journals of the world. Qualitative research, he said, requires more dedication and takes time, he said. He also warned scholars against using short cuts while doing research. Plagiarism is not good for researchers, he said.
Earlier, in his welcome speech, RK Bhandari, Principal, BCIHMCT, spoke about the increasing response the annual research conference is evoking year on year. The organizers have received 70 research papers and almost 40 of them will be presented at the conference, he said.
The highlight of the conference will be the Indian Hospitality Congress Awards, which will be presented on the last day of the conference.