IH&RA FIRST BOARD MEETING IN GOA AND JOINT CONVENTION WITH FHRAI SUPPORTING THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY WORLDWIDE
Goa, India, September 12,2012,
On invitation of Mr Kamlesh Barot President of Federation of Hotels and restaurants Associations of India( FHRAI) and Mr Vivek Nair Vice Chairman of Leela kempinski Hotels,Resorts in India, Dr. Ghassan AIDI preside the Board of Directors of IH&RA in GOA and participate with 6 other International Associations as AH&LA, WTTC,UNWTO,AAHOA,HFTPI ,during three days at the Convention organized by FHRAI with over 850 participants from the World and India with delegation from China,Singapore and other Asian Countries.
On the first day, During IH&RA Board of directors, several issues were discussed and the preparation of the 50th General Assembly and IH&RA congress that will occurred in Istanbul in April 2013.
On the second day and with the presence of various Minister of tourism , Dr Ghassan AIDI,IH&RA President with the Federal Minister of tourism Honorable Shri Suboth Kant Sahai and the President of FHRAI did light together the traditional lamp and the opening ceremony start with a welcome address by Vivek Nair chairman of convention organizing committee followed by Mr. Kamlesh Parot President of FHRAI and Keynote address by the President of IHRA Dr. AIDI followed by various dignitaries.
Several roundtables during 2 days were organized and several Keynotes speakers as Frank Wolf President of HTFPI,Joe Mcinerney President of AH&LA and Alkesh Patel Chairman of AAHOA and Frederic Pierret from UNWTO.
Dr AIDI several roundtables talked about climate changes issues as well as sustainable Development various programs developed by IHRA to Hoteliers members worldwide as well as on new platform reservation center "From Hoteliers to Hoteliers directly" still under study as well as various issues concerning Hotels Classification in India.
A MOU has been signed between IHRA President Dr. AIDI and FHRAI President Mr Kamelot Barot about developing The Emeraude Program in India which is the implementation of various criteria for sustainability as well as "Evolution" program to control and monitor Expenses of Fuel and Electricity at Hotel and was witnessed by UNWTP Deputy Secretary General Mr. Frederic Pierret.
The Meeting took place at Leela 10 stars resort in beautiful GOA with various entertainment programs for spouse and delegates.
The Next Board meeting of IHRA will be in Buenos Aires at the end of November 2012.
QUALITY OF LIFE AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE
Lausanne, March 15. 2012,
Dr. Aidi- IH&RA President, will be speaking at the Quality of Life and Regional Development. Travel and Tourism conference.
On April 19th, 2012, IH&RA President, Dr. Ghassan Aidi, will be a speaker at The Quality of Life and Regional Development Tourism and Hospitality conference located at the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts in Annapolis, MA
This conference is a unique occasion to experience and learn how the Quality of Life research can be applied to tourism and hospitality. The meeting is mainly intended to comprehensively explore issues concerned with quality of life and quality of work as well as the direct impact of these issues on regional growth through development of travel and tourism industries. This meeting will address issues such as quality of life, human development and regional prosperity; quality of life in the city and tourist-host community relationships; life in balance-quality of work and life; well being: what does it mean for tourism and hospitality business-new area of touristic experience; cultural, economic, environmental, political and social capital and tourism.
*New trends in tourism and hospitality-global,
*For hospitality/tourism business owners & HR managers: how to transform your staff into positive enthusiastic messengers of the hospitality culture
*Successfully and sustainably living together
*Better integration and greater empowerment of minority
We encourage everyone who can make it to please come join us and hear Dr. Aidi speak about The Quality of Life and Regional Development Tourism and Hospitality. The conference is educational in nature and not for profit, there is a nominal registration fee required only.
We are one of the fastest growing industries and a strong contributor to sustainable development and to stop poverty in the World, with a forecast of 1.6 billion tourists by the year 2020." Dr. Aidi
“We were and are and still the only Industry trying to limit the poverty in the World in hiring and keep training despite crisis and failure of cooperation from the Public, Say Dr. AIDI
IH&RA CONDEMN ATTACK ON KABUL HOTEL
Lausanne, June 29.2011,
Once again, our Hospitality Industry is facing An Terrorism attack against a Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. This major independent Hotel former associate to an International Chain has been attacked by Terrorism yesterday night, where all insurgents were killed by the Government and NATO-led coalition with at least 10 civilians casualties from the Hotel.
Latest Report mention that all guest are safe. "we need always to be vigilant and everywhere" say Dr. Ghassan AIDI, IHRA President, "We are always under Attack, we need to protect our Assets and our guests and employees, we cannot ignore a fact that this is a disaster like any other natural disaster and we need to modify our culture in Security and Safety, We need to ask ourselves IS RISK MANAGEMENT RELEVANT FOR OUR HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY, we need to have our own set of security measures to mitigate the threats .
IHRA remind all their members that they have issued several plans for security and risk management and they need always to stay vigilant.
As Terrorism knows no boundaries or limit. Many events around the World have highlighted risk management will play a very important and essential role in Hotels daily operations. Hoteliers without any Risk management policy are unable to determine with efficiency which critical assets are exposed to potential terrorism attack.
IHRA remind their members that US Department of Homeland Security in USA did develop with our Hospitality Industry a campaign called "IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING" to develop awareness and essential knowledge for all Hotel employees to recognize, report and react to any suspicious situations at the Hotel.