The Department of Tourism Studies, Pondicherry University, recognized by the UGC under the Special Assistance Programme DRS Level-II today organized a two day National Conference on Pro-Poor Tourism: Strategies to Ensure Sustainable Growth”.
According to a University press release , the ideals of Pro-Poor Tourism are gaining coinage owing to its remarkable potential for the upliftment of economically marginalised sections of the societies. The strategic dimensions of pro-poor tourism ensures the pragmatic, ethical, and pro-active participation of all the stakeholders concerned; the public and private enterprises, NGO’s consultants, the civil societies, and the economically backward segments.
Pondicherry University vice-chancellor (in-charge) Prof.Anisa B Khan who presided over the function said that “Pro-Poor Tourism must entail initiatives which gives tremendous accent to inclusive development by empowering the poor people through skills’ development, capacity building and other programmes”.
The Chief Guest, Dr.Sitikantha Mishra, Advisor Cum Dean, School of Hotel Management, Shiksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University, Odisha categorically pointed out the profound significance of the quality of hospitality ventures in making the pro-poor tourism endeavours highly impactful. Dr.Deepak Raj Gupta, Professor, School of Hospitality & Tourism, Jammu University,Mr.Prem Subramaniam, Former Advisor, Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) , Prof.G.Anjaneya Swamy, Dean, School of Management , Dr,Y.Venkata Rao, Head of the Department among others participated in the function.
Twenty two papers were presented in the technical sessions and the deliberations threw light on the nuanced approaches in the contemporary perspectives of pro-poor tourism that foster the socio-economic progress of the financially backward segments,the release says.