PSU Lecturers and Students Take Part in EURHODIP International Conference “Game Changers in the Hospitality Industry and Beyond”
13.11.2020PSU is an official member of EURHODIP, Association supporting Hospitality and Tourism Education. Students of the Institute of Foreign Languages and International Tourism take part in this international competition every year. On November 11-12, 2020, the international conference “Game Changers in the Hospitality Industry and Beyond” was organized by the Association together with Leeuwarden Stenden Hotel Management School, the Netherlands.
Due to the difficult epidemiological situation in the world, the event took place online. Professor A.M. Akopyants, Director of Institute of Foreign Languages and International Tourism, Associate Professor I.N. Mikhaylovskaya, D.B. Nagaeva, a lecturer at the Chair of Theoretic Linguistics and Practice of Intercultural Communication, coordinator of the EURHODIP program and Associate Professor O.V. Goncharova took part in the conference.
A team of PSU students (O. Verbitskaya, D. Kraeva, M. Chernienko) guided by O.V. Goncharova presented an interesting timely project on “Digital Influencer in the Hotel Promotion” for the competition within the frameworks of the conference.
The representatives of the Association repeatedly underlined the importance of training students, who will be able to change the hospitality industry for the better, as the contemporary world has a high demand of experts who are excited to make every guest feel like at home. The conference organizers discussed the issues of changed conditions of the hotel industry as a whole, opportunities, and the need for adaptation to the circumstances of today. They announced events and competitions, held annually by EURHODIP, and introduced an exam system for the students from partner schools. According to Luis Lezama Barañano, President of EURHODIP, “universities train students, who will be the future of the tourism and hospitality, and we should transform the schools and institutes into a platform for the innovative tourism development.”
Implementation of this project was made possible by Professor A.P. Gorbunov, Rector of PSU, and Department of International Relations and Educational Programs, headed by V.E. Mishin.