Welcome Messages

Message from President of Prince of Songkla University

On behalf of Prince of Songkla University (PSU) and the organizing committee, it is our great honor to invite you to the QS Subject Focus Summit on Hospitality & Leisure Management, which will be held from October 5-7, 2021, through the virtual platform.

This Subject Focus Summit is a three-day event providing a significant platform for networking among distinguished guests and speakers, prominent scholars, academics and all participants to collaborate for the development of Hospitality and Tourism Industry at the global scale in various contexts.

PSU, as one of the leading research universities in Thailand and Southeast Asia, commits towards a long-standing education for the benefit of humankind, as our motto states “Our Soul is for the Benefit of Mankind.”  PSU is a multi-campus university with five campuses located in Hat Yai, Pattani, Surat Thani, Trang, and especially in Phuket where the valued courses of Hospitality and Tourism are provided to produce graduates who are able to compete in the international job market in these strategic fields.

Phuket Province has been recognized as the Pearl of Andaman because of its beautiful white-sand beaches and islands, unique culture and architecture, as well as the exceptional services in Hospitality and Tourism, which is enough to make this province a paradise.

I am confident that during this summit, where many hospitality related domains are joining together, all of you will have the great opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, and most importantly, to establish networking with new people.

Once again, I warmly invite you to join this auspicious summit and have a great experience throughout the event.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Niwat Keawpradub
President of Prince of Songkla University

Message from Vice Chancellor and President of Taylor’s University

We’re privileged to co-host this year’s summit on ‘Sustainable and Resilient Solutions in Tourism Today’, alongside Prince of Songkla University, Thailand, who have graciously offered their venue.

Sustainability is even more crucial today than ever before, as the Covid-19 pandemic forces us to think of holistic approaches in the hospitality industry – an industry that has taken a hit in the global economic situation. Our concepts of sustainability need to encompass not only environmental sustainability, but also financial viability, as well as physical and psychological wellbeing, all of which corresponds to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

As we prepare to move forward in a post-pandemic world, several questions come to mind. Being kind to nature is necessary to build consumer trust moving forward, and how would our operations, supply chains and logistics reflect this? How do we harness the benefits of a circular economy to benefit both our consumers and our environment? Can our operating models based on sustainability help the industry pivot quickly in times of crisis and national emergencies?

Critical discourse and developments in the hospitality industry is important for Taylor’s University, as our Faculty of Social Sciences and Leisure Management continues to push the boundaries for excellence in Hospitality and Culinary studies. The university has retained its Top 20 in the world position for the fiercely contested Hospitality and Leisure Management subject in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, the only institution in Southeast Asia to do so.

I believe this achievement is a testament of our extensive collaborations with our employer partners. Forging stronger industry-academic partnerships is a direction I feel would be important in finding sustainable models that work. It is my hope that this summit would be a fruitful time of discussions and exchange, building on the synergy and networks of industry and academia.

With that, I wish every participant a meaningful and positive time at the summit.

Prof Michael Driscoll
Vice Chancellor and President of Taylor’s University