270 students graduate from Thomas Cook India academy

Some of the graduates at the Mumbai ceremony
Some of the graduates at the Mumbai ceremony

Thomas Cook India’s recently held a mass graduation ceremony for students at its Centre of Learning.

A total of 270 students graduated in the fifth Convocation Ceremony, which was held at the Indian Merchants Chamber in Mumbai.

The students had successfully completed the Travel Professional programme, a post-graduate course in Travel & Tourism Management, and a certificate course in World Tour Management, which is organised in partnership with IATA.

The ceremony was attended by several key industry figures, including Craig Astridge, IATA’s regional head of marketing & commercial services for Asia Pacific, Lokesh Matta, IATA’s regional training business development manager for South Asia, and Soraya Homchuen, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

They were joined by Abraham Alapatt, Thomas Cook India’s president & group head of marketing, service quality, financial services & innovation, Mona Cheriyan, the company’s president & group head  of human resources, and Smeeta Gulvady, vice president & head of the Centre of Learning.

“It is indeed a proud moment for Thomas Cook India’s Centre of Learning as we felicitate 270 students graduating today,” said Ms Cheriyan. “Travel and tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors in India. This service intensive industry relies heavily on human capital and we are delighted to see delivery of our strategic intent of education and training in the tourism domain.”

The Centre of Learning forms part of the Skill India Mission initiative initiated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which is aiming to up-skill millions of Indian workers.

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