The Bilkent University, School of Applied Technology and Management’s Tourism and Hotel Management Department hosted the 22nd EuroCHRIE Congress during November 3-7, 2004 in Ankara, Turkey. The theme of the congress was “Global Issues and Trends in the Hospitality and Tourism Industries”. As the theme refers to, various contemporary issues were discussed covering vital areas in Tourism as Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Food & Beverage, Travel Administration, Information Technologies…and their impacts, influences, effects, contributions and reactions on economy, culture and society. Moreover, the relation between tourism and terrorism, tourism and hospitality education was also the major concerns of debate and discussion between professionals and academicians in EuroCHRIE Congress 2004.
In this sense, various industry panels grouping professionals, from all over the globe, and presentation sessions of academicians were held. To illustrate, during the six (6) presentation sessions held on two days, forty six (46) academic papers were presented, thirty six (36) of them were refereed and the remaining ten (10) were professional insight papers. Later, the Best Student Paper and the Best Paper were rewarded, in a fabulous Award Ceremony, at one of the best exotic Turkish Cuisine restaurants in Ankara, with plaques, certificates, and, last but not least, monetary rewards.
As far as participation is concerned, 119 participants registered for the EuroCHRIE Congress from 19 different countries in the world making the congress a true success in all senses. Moreover, this very congress saw a significant increasing number in student participation which, at one hand, reveals the ever growing awareness of young generation to the importance of EuroCHRIE Federation, and translates the continuous effort of EuroCHRIE to contribute to achieve its noble and finest goals and mission.
In light of the fact that participants did not only interact socially with each other, but also had the chance to see, enjoy, and admire the marvellous historical attractions in Turkey, with some 50 participants joining a post congress Tour to Cappadocia referred to as “The Land of Fine Horses” in ancient Hittite language. There, all participants admired Cappadocia’s wines, fairy chimneys, underground cities, and rock cut churches and monasteries.
Honegger Receives Award
At the recent 2004 I-CHRIE congress in Philadelphia, USA, Gilles Honegger was presented with a special Champion of Education Award.This unique award is given by International CHRIE’s Board of Directors upon special occasions to honour an individual or organisation who has made a long standing commitment to advance the mission of I-CHRIE.
EuroCHRIE Website Recieves a Facelift
The EuroCHRIE website has undergone its second development. Congratulations to Steve Shacklock for his major input on the technical side during this make-over period. Over the next few months members will be surveyed on THEIR needs and IDEAS for the future. The Web Working Party will be using an electronic survey process, so when you receive your survey request, “Please do not delete me oh my darling!” (to music please)