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Highlights of the 2017 Philippine Research Conference on Tourism and Hospitality

The recently concluded Philippine Research Conference on Tourism and Hospitality was a big success, thanks to the active support and participation of over thirty schools, including a number of local and international academic institutions. Held from November 26 to 28, the conference proper took place at the Richmonde Hotel in Quezon City, while the familiarization tour for participants was conducted in the neighboring municipality of Angono, Rizal. The event was organized by the UP Asian Institute of Tourism and the UP College of Home Economics and was made possible by the Department of Tourism.


Here are some of the event highlights:

On day 1, DOT Undersecretary Benito Bengzon delivered a keynote speech on the importance of NTO collaboration within ASEAN on tourism development planning.

Professor Tom Baum of the University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom, delivered a talk on collaboration in human resources and sustainability.

In one of the parallel sessions, Asst. Prof. Marical Badilla of UP Asian Institute of Tourism presented her paper on online destination marketing of ASEAN as a single destination.

Students from the Colegio de San Juan de Letran presented their paper on a comprehensive documentation and resident perception on the the conservation of Baile Delos Arcos in Sampiro, Makati.

A research collaboration among Prof. Jung Kyu Lee from Shinhan University, Wan Go Lee from Hanyang University and Prof. Edieser Dela Santa of the University of the Philippines Diliman.

On Day 2, participants were treated to a show of traditional Filipino folk music courtesy of the UP Kontra Gapi.

Professor Robert Rogerson from the University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom shared a keynote address on collaboration in tourism-oriented future cities.

A panel discussion on the Philippine Hotel Classification System was held in the afternoon of Day 2, headed by Director Rica Bueno of the Department of Tourism.

The discussants on the topic are Prof. Vicki Nañagas of Asia Pacific College and Ms. Charmielyn Cabigas-Sy of the UP Asian Institute of Tourism.

Dean Edieser Dela Santa delivered the closing remarks.

AIT Celebrates the Affirmation of Dr. Edieser Dela Santa as the 7th Institute Dean

Last February 8, the AIT community celebrated the affirmation of Dr. Edieser Dela Santa as the seventh Dean of the Institute. It was an afternoon of festive reunion attended by students, faculty, alumni, previous AIT deans and deans from other colleges. Chancellor Michael Tan graced the occasion.

Dean Dela Santa states his pledge of Deanship as officiated by Chancellor Tan.



The AIT Faculty


Aside from the cheery celebration, it was an opportunity for Dean Dela Santa to address to the AIT Community his vision and plans for the Institute, which focuses on the key areas of faculty, facility and academic degree program development, resource generation, and the promotion of academic linkages and extension services. He delivered updates on the status of the AIT master’s degree program development, which the Institute will be able to offer soon. Dean Dela Santa also mentioned positive developments on the renovation of the AIT building facility, which the AIT community wishes to call home again by next year. At the moment, classes are housed in the UP SOLAIR building.

The event was organized by the Diliman Information Office, with the assistance of AIT’s Division of Academic Affairs, headed by Mr. Giovanni Legaspi. It was held at the SOLAIR auditorium.

Volume 3- UP AIT Alumni Association

The AIT Newsletter Team headed by Prof. Reil Cruz of DTRES releases the Q1 2016 issue of the UP AIT Alumni Association Newsletter. This issue talks about the legacy of outgoing Dean Mike Mena, the academic linkages and partnership thrust of the Institute, as well as the recently-concluded AIT Student Council Elections.

Volume 2- UP AIT Alumni Association Newsletter

The AIT Newsletter Team releases the November 2015 issue of the UP AIT Alumni Association Newsletter. The second issue talks about the events and activities of the Association and of AIT, including the AIT Alumni Meet Up, the launch of "Visit Philippines Again 2016", and the new book of UP AIT Professor Maricel Badilla, among others.

Volume 1- UP AIT Alumni Association Newsletter

The first edition of the UP AIT Alumni Association Newsletter was released last September 2015, a fervent effort to invigorate the alumni network of the Institute leading to its grand 40th founding anniversary on 2016.

The AIT Newsletter Team is comprised of Asst. Prof. Maricel Gatchalian-Badilla as the Editor-in-Chief, Asst. Prof. Vic Villegas and Mr. Paolo Abellanosa (UP AIT AA Board Member) for the writeups and Ms. Patice Talaue (former AIT Research Assistant) for the layout.