Brief Timeline of the Asian Institute of Tourism
Concept of a tourism institute becomes subject of discussion among tourism agencies and in academic circles
September 23, 1975
Tourism Secretary Jose D. Aspiras formally proposes the establishment of the tourism institute during the 6th Regional Asia and Australasia Hotel and Restaurant Convention
UP President Onofre D. Corpus directs his Program Development Staff to prepare project study for the creation of the Asian Institute of Tourism (AIT).
December 26, 1975
RP President Ferdinand Marcos approves AIT's creation as a tripartite project of the Department of Tourism, Philippine Tourism Authority, and University of the Philippines.
February 6, 1976
A Memorandum of Agreement to establish AIT is signed by Tourism Secretary Jose D. Aspiras, Philippine Tourism Authority General Manager Rodolfo Cacdac, and University of the Philippines President Onofre D. Corpuz
February 26, 1976
The UP Board of Regents during its 869th meeting confirms the Memorandum of Agreement, thus, paving the way for the formal founding of the institute. Dr. Jose P. Mananzan is named Dean.
AIT holds temporary office at the UP Alumni Center while AIT Complex is being constructed.
The BS Tourism Management program is offered as a four-year degree course in UP. It attracts an initial batch of 28 students.
November 20, 1978
AIT Complex is inaugurated by First Lady Imelda Marcos. Event marks the creation of the first such institute in Asia.
AIT produces first 12 graduates of the BS Tourism program
Prof. Daniel G. Corpuz is appointed Dean of the Institute
AIT House is leased to Brentwood Corporation and renamed AIT Hotel.
Prof. Evangeline M. Ortiz is appointed Dean of the Institute
Lease by Brentwood is terminated. AIT Hotel is closed.
Prof. Reil G. Cruz is appointed Dean of the Institute
Dr. Ma. Corazon P. Rodriguez is appointed Dean of the Institute
Dr.Miguela M. Mena is appointed Dean of the Instiutute