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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

September 1975
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.

June 1977
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.


Jose Aspiras and Former First Lady Imelda Marcos unvailing the AIT marker Former Dean Mananzan escorting First Lady Imelda Marcos

Ribbon cutting of the Asian Institute of Tourism

March 1979
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