Thomas Cook India’s Centre of Learning Felicitates 270 students at its Fifth Convocation Ceremony 2015-2016


The Centre of Learning, felicitated 270 students of the 2015-2016 batch at its fifth Convocation Ceremony held at the Indian Merchants Chamber, Mumbai. The Chief Guest Craig Astridge, Regional Head, Marketing and Commercial Services, Asia-Pacific International Air Transport Association, delivered the keynote address. The Guests of Honour were Lokesh Matta – Regional Training Business Development Manager, South Asia at International Air Transport Association (IATA), along with Soraya Homchuen – Director, Tourism Authority of Thailand and Abraham Alapatt, President & Group Head – Marketing, Service Quality, Financial Services & Innovation, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. Coordinating the event was Smeeta Gulvady, ‎Vice President & Head- Centre of Learning at Thomas Cook (India) Ltd.  The COL honoured those students who had successfully completed the Travel Professional Program, a Post Graduate Course in Travel & Tourism Management, Certificate Course in World Tour Management, IATA. Scholarship certificates and special prizes were awarded to top performers of the Travel Professional Program – a Post Graduate course in Travel & Tourism Management.

Mona Cheriyan – President & Group Head – Human Resources, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. said, “It is indeed a proud moment for Thomas Cook India’s Centre of Learning, as we felicitate 270 students graduating today. 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.  Our mission is to arm travel professionals with world class skills for the entire Indian travel and tourism industry in line with its rapidly evolving needs.”

Craig Astridge Regional Head, Marketing and Commercial Services, Asia-Pacific added, “The potential of India’s aviation market is huge. By 2026, we expect India to become the third largest passenger market in the world. The anticipated growth in travel demand will need to be supported by travel & tourism professionals. Thomas Cook India’s Centre of Learning which has played a pioneering role in the education and training field, will be an important partner in building the required leadership and competencies that are essential for India.”

Post graduate stuidents with Craig and Soraya
IATA Foundation with Mr. Matta
Abraham with the Undergraduate students of the Travel & Tourism Batch