Cornell Launches International Hospitality Summit in Mumbai

Nov 07, 2011

Contact: Ashlee McGandy,, 607.254.1368

At the first Cornell International Hospitality Summit (CIHS) India, presented by the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, industry leaders and academics will examine the future of the hospitality industry in India. The summit, which will be held Tuesday, January 17, 2012, in Mumbai, India will be co-presented by the school's Center for Hospitality Research (CHR). Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is title sponsor of the summit, and all summit sessions will be held at the Taj Mahal Palace.

"We are excited to host the first Cornell International Hospitality Summit in India, one of the foremost emerging markets in the hospitality industry in the world, and we are honored to partner with Taj," said Michael D. Johnson, dean and E. M. Statler Professor at SHA.

The CIHS India will feature the ninth edition of the Dean's Leadership Series, a CEO Panel of four of the top hospitality executives in India. Jon Denison, associate dean for external affairs at SHA, will moderate the panel, which will feature Raymond Bickson, managing director and CEO of Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces; Patu Keswani, chairman and managing director of the Lemon Tree Hotels; Vivek Nair, vice chairman and managing director of the Leela Group; P.R.S. Oberoi, chairman and CEO of EIH–Oberoi Hotels & Resorts; and Priya Paul, chairperson of Appeejay–The Park Hotels.

"Taj has enjoyed a long partnership with the School of Hotel Administration, first as senior partner of the CHR and more recently as a member of the strategic corporate alliance program," said Bickson. "We are excited to build on our previous collaborations with Cornell to bring this important summit to India."

Other sessions held during the summit will be "Achieving Excellence Via Operational and Human Capital Innovations," moderated by Rohit Verma, professor of services operations management and CHR executive director, and "Revenue and Performance Enhancement in Emerging Hospitality Markets," moderated by Chris Chan, professor of accounting and dean of the Cornell-Nanyang Institute for Hospitality Management.

Other key sponsors of the summit include the following companies: France 24, Hospitality Design, Hotel Management, Hsyndicate, InterContinental Hotels Group, International Tourism Partnership, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, Peppermint Hotels, PhoCusWright, Questex Hospitality Group, and TTG India.

For a full schedule of events and more information about the CIHS India, visit For corporate sponsor opportunities, please contact Kathleen Bolton, corporate and foundation affairs associate, at 607.255.1204 or

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