Tata Consultancy Services Joins Cornell Center for Hospitality Research as a Partner

Apr 23, 2014

Contact:  Carol Zhe, 607.254.4504, caz9@cornell.edu

Tata Consultancy Services Joins Cornell Center for Hospitality Research as a Partner

Ithaca, NY, April 23, 2014 - Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a global IT services, consulting, and business solutions company, has become the newest partner of the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research (CHR). This will bring TCS to CHR's Advisory Board alongside Taj Hotels, both part of India's most respected business conglomerate, the TATA Group. The CHR's partners help support and guide the center's research agenda, as well as participate in the CHR's Advisory Board.

"This partnership will further strengthen the relationship between the Tata Group and the Cornell School of Hotel Administration and we are proud to have TCS in our Advisory Board", said Michael Sturman, Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration and Academic Director of the CHR. "India is an important global market and the Tata name is well recognized."

"TCS is excited to be a corporate partner to Cornell, the premier school for Hospitality Management. This partnership with Cornell emphasizes on our focus on the global hospitality industry and our commitment to further deliver value to our hospitality clients," said S Sukanya, Vice President and Global Head of TCS's Travel, Transportation and Hospitality (TTH) Unit. With over 25 years of experience, Sukanya has been instrumental in developing the TTH unit within TCS and will represent TCS at the CHR Advisory Board. Under her leadership, TCS established a dedicated Travel and Hospitality Innovation Lab to leverage emerging technologies for solving business challenges.

The CHR's Partners and Friends create a strong framework for the center, which is now in its 22nd year of operation. The CHR sponsors and publishes research reports by faculty at Cornell and other universities. Thanks to its Partners, CHR is able to take the unusual approach of distributing the findings at no charge.

About Tata Consultancy Services
Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT, BPS, infrastructure, engineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. For over two decades, TCS has been delivering value and business results to leading travel and hospitality companies across the globe, and is associated with some of the largest IT transformation programs and pioneering technology initiatives in these industries. TCS has a dedicated Travel & Hospitality Practice, comprised of functional and technical experts focused on addressing client specific requirements and developing solutions to solve industry specific challenges. TCS' Travel & Hospitality Innovation Lab, part of the larger TCS Co-Innovation Network (COIN™) provides an ecosystem to research emerging trends, develop proofs of concepts and co-innovate with clients.  For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com.                                    

About The Center for Hospitality Research
A unit of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, The Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) sponsors research designed to improve practices in the hospitality industry. Under the lead of the center's corporate affiliates, experienced scholars work closely with business executives to discover new insights into strategic, managerial and operating practices. To learn more about the center and its projects, visit chr.cornell.edu.

Center Senior Partners: Accenture, ASAE Foundation, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, SAS, STR, and Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

Center Partners: Access Point Financial, Cvent, Inc., Davis & Gilbert LLP, Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, Denihan Hospitality Group, Duetto, Forbes Travel Guide, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Fox Rothschild LLP, Hilton Worldwide, Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Intel Corporation, InterContinental Hotels Group, Jumeirah Group, Marriott International, Inc., McDonald's USA, priceline.com, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Proskauer, ReviewPro, Revinate, Sabre Hospitality Solutions, Sathguru Management Consultants (P) Ltd., Schneider Electric, Talent Plus, Inc., Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., TripAdvisor, and Wyndham Hotel Group

Center Friends: Cleverdis • DK Shifflet & Associates • EyeforTravel • Gerencia de Hoteles & Restaurantes • Hospitality Technology Magazine • HRH Group of Hotels Pvt. Ltd. • Hsyndicate •  International CHRIE • iPerceptions • J.D. Power and Associates • The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts • The Lemon Tree Hotel Company • The Park Hotels • PKF Hospitality Research • Questex Hospitality Group • RateGain • Sustainable Travel International