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UPCOMING CONFERENCE: 2017 Philippine Research Conference on Tourism and Hospitality on October 26-28, 2017

The Asian Institute of Tourism and the College of Home Economics team up to lead the 2017 Philippine Research Conference on Tourism and Hospitality with the theme, Forging Partnerships Beyond Borders Towards Sustainability. It will be held in October 26 to 28, 2017 at the Richmonde Hotel in Quezon City.

The conference aims to advance academic discourse in support of how a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior may be effected in order for stakeholders to engage in collaborative activities particularly those that contribute effectively to sustainable development goals; and plant the seeds for more cooperative activities among local tourism and hospitality researchers not just within UP but also among SUCs and private universities.

You may view more information about the conference here.



AIT faculty, staff meet with AIT alum Senator Nancy Binay

Last March 13, Senator Nancy Binay and her staff welcomed members of the AIT faculty and staff in the Philippine Senate for a courtesy call and a tour of the Senate premises. Senator Nancy Binay is a proud alumna of UP AIT batch 1996.

At the Senate Session Hall

Senate Deputy Secretary for Administrative and Financial Services and also an AIT alum, Atty. Arnel Banas facilitating the tour in the Senate Museum


Senator Binay is the current Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Social Justice, Welfare and Rural Development, which has jurisdiction on all maters related to rural development and welfare as well as the implementation of provisions of the Constitution on social justice. She has initiated projects that cater to children with rare diseases and afflictions.

UP Diliman and Shinhan University sign MOU

On February 28, the University of the Philippines Diliman and Shinhan University in South Korea have signed a Memorandum of Agreement, strengthening their ties. Shinhan University's Dr. Shin Kyung-Whan and Ms. Park met with UP Diliman Chancellor Dr. Michael Tan, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Benito Pacheco, UP Diliman Office of Institutional Linkages Dr. Grace Ramos, UP AIT Dean Dr. Ediser Dela Santa, and some AIT faculty members during the signing.

From upper left, clockwise: Asst. Prof. Reil Cruz, Ms. Rielle Alcantara, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Benny Pacheco, Asst. Prof. Gladys Nocon, Office of Institute Linkages Head Dr. Grace Ramos, Mr. Giovanni Legaspi, AIT Dean Dr. Ediser Dela Santa, Chancellor Michael Tan, Shinhan University's Dr. Shin Kyung-Whan and Ms. Park.


The partnership is expected to bring forth plenty of opportunities for student and faculty international exchanges, as well as research and extension program collaborations between the two Universities, not only in the field of tourism but also in other disciplines of shared specialization. Shinhan U is the 40th partner university of UP Diliman in South Korea.

AIT Graduate Programs OK'd by the University Council

After six years in the making, the graduate program offerings of AIT have finally been approved by the University Council of UP Diliman during their 141st meeting held on February 20, 2017. The approval would pave way for AIT to offer the Master of Science in Tourism Development and Management (MS TDM) program and the Graduate Diploma in Tourism Development and Management (GDip TDM) program to tourism advocates and practitioners very soon.

The AIT Faculty are in a celebratory mood after a successful presentation before the University Council.

Dean Dela Santa answering audience questions during the University Council meeting


The master's degree program and the graduate diploma are intended to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the complex processes of development and management of a globally competitive tourism industry.

In addition, the research component of these programs will allow for a needed expansion in the body of research on tourism in the Philippines. In its content and delivery, it is envisioned that these programs will be intentionally competitive and will be able to serve the existing and emerging needs of the SEA region. These programs will specifically focus on Philippine and ASEAN issues within the global context and the realities within which we live and do business.

These program offerings are in consistency with AIT's pursuit to be a world-class provider of tourism education, and are an active response to the demand from passionate public and private tourism practitioners, as well as entrepreneurs, for a tourism graduate degree program in the country's premiere University.

The Institute will release more specifics about these degree programs very soon.

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