“Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in the Digital Era”: Taylor’s University Professors Speak at ASLi Tourism Summit

Two Professors from Taylor’s University recently spoke at the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute 2017 Tourism Summit on innovation, and the need for more environmental initiatives.

(L-R) Prof Perry Hobson, Prof Datuk Victor Wee and Dr Neethia Ragavan at the ASLi Tourism Summit
Professor Perry Hobson, a Professor in Tourism & Hospitality and the PVC for Global Engagement at Taylor’s University, was the Opening Speaker at the ASLi Tourism Summit 2017 held at the Sunway Resort Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.  The purpose of this annual Summit is to serve as a timely platform to offer expert insights and practical knowledge, and to facilitate industry networking and the forming strategic partnerships. Given that the theme of this year’s conference was on “Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in the Digital Era”, the main focus of the Summit was on the future of tourism in ASEAN and on how to promote sustainable tourism by capitalising on technological innovation. Speaking in the first session on “Tourism Outlook Post-2020: The Medium-Term Game Plan”. Prof Perry Hobson focused on the issues relating to the need for innovation, and the likely changes that will be coming in the next 3-10 years with the arrival of inter-connectivity brought about by the “Internet of Things”. He pointed out that, “While there has been much talk about the advent of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 when it comes to new technology and manufacturing, the reality is that most of our economy is not about manufacturing but rather about services” adding that “what we need to do is to focus on the changes that this bring to the service industries”. Professor of Tourism, Datuk Victor Wee, then spoke in the second session of the day that was moderated by Dr Neethia Ari Ragavan, the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Hospitality, Food & Leisure. The focus of this session was on “Visit ASEAN@50” as this year marks the 50th anniversary of ASEAN. The focus of Prof Victor Wee’s presentation was not only on how tourism has grown in the ASEAN region, but also on the challenges that we are now facing given many years of continued growth. He expressed his particular concerns in relation to environmental sustainability of coastal tourism in Malaysia. Prof Victor Wee is also the Secretary-General of the ASEAN Tourism Research Association (ATRA) which was an initiative of Taylor’s University and has members across the ASEAN region. For more information about courses and research in the Faculty of Hospitality, Food & Leisure click here - (Global Matters, 2017)