Taylor’s University Celebrates World Tourism Day 2017

On September 27 every year, many tourism enterprises and organizations, as well as government agencies with a special interest in tourism around the world celebrate World Tourism Day with various special events and festivities. World Tourism Day has been celebrated since 1980, the day in which the Statutes of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) entered into force.
This year, World Tourism Day was celebrated on the theme “Sustainable Tourism – A Tool for Development.” The event at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus was hosted by The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Malaysia Taylor’s Student Chapter and officiated by Senior Assistant Secretary, for the Tourism Policy & International Affairs Division, of the Ministry of Tourism & Culture Malaysia, Mrs Firna Azura Ekaputri Binti Marzuki. Dr Neethiahnanthan Ari  Ragavan who is the Executive Dean of Taylor’s University Faculty of Hospitality, Food & Leisure Management delivered the welcome address stating the importance of sustainable tourism as its impact is not only on business but also on the local communities and the environment.

Mrs Firna Azura Ekaputri Marzuki and Dr Neethiahnanthan Ari  Ragavan lighting the Taylor’s University World Tourism Day 2017 Board by cycling as the launch gimmick.

The celebration was also graced by Group Managing Director of Asian Overland Services Tours & Travel Sdn Bhd, Professor Anthony Wong Kim Hooi who delivered a talk on “Sustainable Tourism”; Professor Haiyan Song, Chair Professor of Tourism from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Head of Taylor’s School of Hospitality, Tourism & Events, Associate Professor Dr. Toney K. Thomas; and representatives from the Ministry of  Tourism and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC), among others.
The guests were presented with local and international cultural awareness through the various exhibition booths where Taylor’s students, local and International, in their beautiful traditional garbs displayed photos of their homeland tourist destinations and served several of their homeland dishes.
In addition, there were several workshops organised for the guests throughout the day, such as the Natural Tie Dye Workshop, Cultural Dance Workshop and “Save the Food, Save the World” Food Waste Management Workshop.

Taylor’s University students in their colourful traditional attires.

The guest of honour, Mrs. Firna Azura Ekaputri Marzuki visiting the International Cultural Booths.

Mooncake was also served at one of the Exhibition Booths.

Pakistan’s Booth.

Japan’s Booth.

Indonesia’s Booth.

Sri Lanka’s Booth.

Natural Tie Dye Workshop – The result!

Learning the 
Ngajat Dance in the Cultural Dance Workshop.