Upcoming Cornell International Hospitality Summit India will examine top strategies for industry

Jan 09, 2012

Contact: Ashlee McGandy, am754@cornell.edu, 607.254.1368

India's leading hospitality executives will examine current issues and trends in the country's hospitality industry during the first Cornell International Hospitality Summit India, presented by the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration (SHA). The summit, which will be held Tuesday, January 17 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.

"The hospitality market in India is dynamic and evolving, but it is also rooted in rich history and tradition. During the various Cornell International Hospitality Summit sessions, our panelists will explore this dichotomy and reflect on what it takes to be successful in the industry," said Jon Denison, associate dean for external affairs, SHA.

The three featured panels will be:
Dean's Leadership Series: A CEO Panel, 2:15–3:30 p.m.
Moderator: Jon Denison, associate dean for external affairs, SHA
Panelists:
•    Raymond Bickson, managing director and CEO, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
•    Patu Keswani, chairman and managing director, The Lemon Tree Hotels
•    Vivek Nair, vice chairman and managing director, The Leela Group
•    P.R.S. Oberoi, chairman and CEO, EIH–Oberoi Hotels & Resort
•    Priya Paul, chairperson, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels, & Director, Apeejay Surrendra Group

Achieving Excellence via Operational and Human Capital Innovations, 3:45–5:00 p.m.
Moderator: Rohit Verma, CHR executive director and professor of services operations management, SHA
Panelists:
•    Neeraj Chadha, regional general manager–India, Hilton Worldwide
•    Ajay Kaul, CEO, whole time director, Foodworks Limited

•    Vikram Oberoi, COO and joint managing director of Oberoi Hotels, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts
•    Srinath Sridharan, senior vice president and head, strategic alliances, Wadhawan Group
•    K.S. Srinivasan, vice president, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

Revenue & Performance Enhancement in Emerging Hospitality Markets, 5:15–6:15 p.m.
Moderator: moderated by Chris Chan, dean of the Cornell-Nanyang Institute and professor of accounting
Panelists:
•    Patrick Andres, vice president, Asia Pacific, Sabre Hospitality Solutions
•    Brian Ferguson '95, vice president, Expedia
•    Ravish Khanna '91, executive director, Novotel Juhu Beach Mumbai and Majorda Goa
•    K. Vijayaraghavan "Vijay", CEO, Sathguru Management Consultants
•    Grahame Tate, managing director, Asia Pacific, IDeaS

CHR's Customer Value Roundtable will be held in conjunction with the summit. At the roundtable, approximately 30 industry executives will discuss "How Travelers Make Hotel Choice Decisions?" and "Social Media and Technology Based Innovations" within the context of Indian and Asian hospitality industry.

Event sponsors include e-Cornell; Express Hospitality; FRANCE 24; HelmsBriscoe; Hilton Worldwide; Hospitality Design; HospitalityBizIndia.com; Hotel Association of India; Hotel Management; Hsyndicate; HVS; Hyatt; India Hospitality Review; InterContinental Hotels Group; International Tourism Partnership; Luxpresso, an imprint of the Times of India; Marriott; Oberoi Hotels & Resorts; Peppermint Hotels; PhoCusWright, Inc.; Questex Hospitality Group; Traveltechie.com; TTG India; the Cornell University MMH Program in Asia; and the School of Hotel Administration's Office of Executive Education.

For a full schedule of events and more information about the summit, visit http://www.hotelschool.cornell.edu/industry/events/cihs.html.

About the Cornell School of Hotel Administration
The Cornell University School of Hotel Administration is shaping the global knowledge base for hospitality management through leadership in education, research and industry advancement. The school provides management instruction in the full range of hospitality disciplines, educating the next generation of leaders in the world's largest industry. Founded in 1922 as the nation's first collegiate course of study in hospitality management, the Cornell School of Hotel Administration is recognized as the world leader in its field. For more information, visit www.hotelschool.cornell.edu.