The students of the Master of Tourism Administration (MTA) programme under the Department of Tourism Studies, Christ University, Bangalore organized a two day national level inter-collegiate tourism fest, "EXODUS 2014"on 14 and 15 February 2014. This was the fourteenth year of organizing EXODUS for the Tourism and Hospitality students across the country in order to interact, network, synergise and stay connected with one another.
The event was inaugurated by Dr Venu Vasudevan IAS, Director General, National Museum, Ministry of Culture, Government of India on 14 February at 09:30 am in the Christ University Main Auditorium. In his address, Dr Vasudevan shared his views on the present state and the future requirements of the Indian tourism industry. He inspired the students to build on their skills, competencies and attributes, and motivated them to think intelligently and initiate innovative and original ideas so as to empower them to play a more dominant role in this young and dynamic industry. The event also witnessed the release of the latest issues of TRAVELOGUE, the bi-annual magazine of the students of MTA and FREQUENT FLYER, the bi-annual magazine of the students of BCom (Travel and Tourism Management).
This year, EXODUS played host to close to 200 students from 12 colleges, including nine colleges from outside the city of Bangalore and the state of Karnataka. In the two days, the fest focused on various competitions to test the abilities of the student competitors to enhance their managerial and interpersonal skill sets and face the perplexities in the travel industry.
The major highlight of the fest was TRAVELITEZ, the travel and tourism quiz organized exclusively for the corporate members of the travel and tourism industry. TRAVELITEZ has already earned its place in the Limca Book of Records, for being a one of its kind. This year the event was hosted by Mr. Arul Mani, prominent writer, faculty and quiz master on 15 February in the Christ University Main Auditorium.
Curtains on EXODUS 2014 were finally drawn to a close at 07:30 pm on 15 February in the presence of Mr Manian Krishnan from HPN Global. Trophies and certificates were distributed to all winners. The first place winners of TRAVELITEZ were presented with a gift voucher sponsored by Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd., while the runners-up were presented with a gift voucher sponsored by Movenpick Hotel and Spa, Bangalore. Welcom Group Graduate School of Hotel Administration, Manipal won the overall championship rolling trophy in EXODUS 2014. Dr Joby Thomas, Coordinator, Department of Tourism Studies, Christ University congratulated all winners, and the department and students on the successful conduct of the event. Mr Madhusudhan C R, Student Coordinator for EXODUS 2014 proposed the vote of thanks and signed off, wishing all success for EXODUS 2015.