Thursday, November 9, 2023
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Departmental Research Council/Committee
  1. Dr Toney K Thomas
  2. Prof Robinet Jacob
  3. Dr Sindhu R Babu


School of Tourism Studies Scholar Rigin Sebastian visit to Technical University Dublin and meeting with Prof. jennifer Manning

   Research Scholars & Topic 





Asian Tourism Research was established in the year 2020 with the main objectives of stimulating academic research on Asian tourism and publishing an Asian Tourism Research journal to disseminate knowledge on inquiries into Asian tourism. The first Asian Tourism Research was held at the School of Tourism Studies at Mahatma Gandhi University in November 2020. The global pandemic taught us to transform the way we organise conferences, and hence, we took the opportunity to organise the conference on a virtual platform. Asian tourism research intends to promote research opportunities for Asian scholars in an affordable way. Asian Tourism Research promotes conducting research on Asian tourism phenomena from both insiders’ and outsiders’ perspectives, hence inviting scholars across the world to conduct research on Asian tourism.


Asian Tourism Research also introduces an Asian Tourism research journal and encourages scholars to publish high impact research articles on tourism. This year, Asian Tourism Research introduces ‘thought of the young mind keynote’, which is for highly competent young scholars to speak on the keynote platform of Asian Tourism Research. In order to recognise accomplished scholars, Asian Tourism Research established the RACE award of excellence for academics and students who excel in the four pillars of accomplishment, such as innovations in teaching and learning, research, leadership, and community engagement. The RACE award for excellence in this year’s accomplished scholar will be announced on November 17th, 2020 during the closing ceremony of the 2nd Asian Tourism Research held at the Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management, Far Eastern University, Philippines.



he 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Globalization 2022 (ICSG) will be held on 7-9th January 2022 in virtual mode. It will bring together about 50 delegates from 6 different countries to present in their areas of expertise. The executive board, in consultation with participating Universities, embassies and a few airline leaders, made a decision to go virtual this year. With recent enhanced risks to travel and increased lockdowns today, the board feels that we could not have made a better decision for the safety of our participants. Apart from the regular conference sessions, there will be two more special sessions as detailed below.
Special Sessions:
There are two special sessions at ICSG 2022 
a. A leadership conclave that brings together higher education leaders to give a lightning talk about how they handled covid in their country and following that, three topics anyone can participate in, to further possible collaborative initiatives.  We are expecting Chancellors, Vice Chancellors and Academic Administrators from various countries.
b. A student session where students can listen in to UW Extension online programs and the response to covid. 
Keynote Speakers:
Our keynotes this year are:
a. Anny Morrobel Sosa, VP for Academic and Student Affairs at University of Wisconsin System who will speak on University of Wisconsin System’s Response to COVID-19: A Culture of Responsibility for Full Return to Campus
b. Cory Mason, Mayor of the City of Racine, on Smart City initiatives for the City of Racine. 
ICSG‘s goals this year were to become as affordable and as accessible as possible. While we keep the ICSG community connected to continue the work we have done and continue to do, we also look forward to 2023 when we hope we can all be physically together, to shake hands and celebrate ourselves in Kochi Kerala. ICSG 2023 will be from 6-9 January 2023. Please mark your calendars early! 


The role of customers’ perceived values of integrated resort brands in destination Ahn, J., & Thomas, T. K. (2020). The role of customers’ perceived values of integrated resort brands in destination. Journal of Destination Marketing & Management15, 100403.
  The ‘normality of unsafety’-foreign solo female travellers in India Thomas, T. K., & Mura, P. (2019). The ‘normality of unsafety’-foreign solo female travellers in India. Tourism Recreation Research44(1), 33-40.
Dr Toney K Thomas Tourism and the ‘dry law’ in Kerala – exploring the nexus between tourism and alcohol Thomas, T. K., Mura, P., & Romy, A. (2019). Tourism and the ‘dry law’in Kerala–exploring the nexus between tourism and alcohol. Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change17(5), 563-576.
  Investigating the determinants and process of Destination Management System (DMS) implementation Le, A. T., Kunasekaran, P., Rasoolimanesh, S. M., AriRagavan, N., & Thomas, T. K. (2021). Investigating the determinants and process of destination management system (DMS) implementation. Journal of Organizational Change Management.
  Adapting to Political Activism in the Destination: General Strike (Hartal) and Tourism in Kerala Thomas, T. K., & Jose, D. (2021). Adapting to Political Activism in the Destination: General Strike (Hartal) and Tourism in Kerala. Tourism: An International Interdisciplinary Journal69(3), 367-380.
  Exploring the Normality of the Complexities of Later Life in Aged Homes: A Review Chee, S. Y., & Thomas, T. K. (2020). Exploring the Normality of the Complexities of Later Life in Aged Homes: A Review. Millennial Asia, 0976399620961268.
  Exploring the new horizons of community-based tourism in emerging economies Thomas, T. K. (2020). Exploring the new horizons of community-based tourism in emerging economies. In The Routledge Handbook of Community-Based Tourism Management (pp. 497-511). Routledge.



1. Tourism Products of India – A National Perspective by Dr. Robinet Jacob, Mahadevan P, Dr.Sindhu Joseph

This book has been structured around various key tourism resources of India. This book explores the issues pertaining to customs and traditions of India, painting, dance forms, music, fairs and festivals, handicrafts and souvenirs. Aimed at providing an overview of the tourism resource potential of India, the book exhaustively deals with all the new trends in tourism and accommodation. Travel regulations for visiting India are one of the core areas focussed in the book.

2. Health Tourism and Ayurveda by Dr.Robinet Jacob

This book provides a fresh perspective on the emerging trends in health tourism based on Ayurveda. The variety of topics covered includes health management on an Indian and International perspective, basic principles of Ayurveda, impact of ayurvedic tourism on economy, society, environment etc.The book also focusses on various resources and facilities of Ayurvedic tourism. It exclusively deals with panchakarma and its allied procedures. Effort has been put to give a clear picture on Kerala’s strengths in promoting Ayurvedic tourism.

3. New Facets of Tourism Management Edited by Dr.Robinet Jacob

The book provides a fresh perspective on the existing and emerging areas of travel and tourism industry by focussing on contemporary problems and prospects. The variety of topics covered include prospects of E-tourism, Assessment of Tourism Practices, Government and community partnerships in Tourism, Sustainable tourism, rural development thorugh tourism.

4. Indian Tourism Products by Dr.Robinet Jacob, Dr.Sindhu Joseph, Anoop Philip

This book provides a new perspective on tourism resources of India. Effort has been put to give a clear picture of innovative tourism development strategies like eco-tourism resources and sustainable tourism. A detailed discussion on the new concepts in tourism and accommodation sector is another feature.

5. Le Fancais Pour Tous by Cyril Mathew

Les Francais Pour Tous est une me’thode comple’te de francais pour adolescents et adultes de’butants. Le livre s’adresse a’ tous les aspirants de la langue français,en particulier les apprenants indiens.

Le livre donne de l’ importance e’galement a communicative  français et la grammaire.

Le livre assure apprentissage avec un certain nombre d’exemples de conversation,des exercices de traduction et des exercice de grammaire.ll donne egalement des sections suffisantes pour lire et d’apprendre des elements culturels.