A lecture about the air transport sector and its relationship with the tourism industry.
From the keenness of the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management to qualify their graduates for the labor market, the Department of Travel and Tourism hosted yesterday Mr. Mohammed Apesh , Aviation Solutions Manager at the regional office of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in the Middle East and North Africa, which is based in the capital Amman, to give a lecture about "the air transport sector and its relationship with the tourism industry”. At the beginning of the lecture, which was attended by a number of the faculty members of the department, Mr. Apesh provided an overview about the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which serves as a global parliament of the air transport institutions because of its important role in connecting the world through a huge network of airlines,despite differences in languages,currencies and laws. Mr. Apesh attributed the choice of Amman to be the regional headquarters of the IATA Office in the Middle East and North Africa to the safe work environment of Jordan and political stability, as well as its strategic location. Mr. Apesh showed the work aspects of the association,its relevance to tourism,its impact on the Jordan’s Gross Domestic Product and employment generated from this sector, as well as its training courses, which provide students with cognitive and leadership skills which prepare him / her to work in the tourism sector. Furthermore, he advised students to have patience, volition, self-belief and refine their skills to achieve success in their careers after graduation. Dr. Saad Al-Saad, who teach Tourism Information Systems, confirmed that the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management always seeks to activate cooperation with different sectors of Business and Information Technology locally and internationally. The faculty adopted a modern educational philosophy which is not limited to the traditional teaching method of indoctrination and theories explanation, but to guide students to take advantage of practical experiences or what is so-called experience of tourism and travel market, to bridge the gap between the outcomes of the higher education and labor market needs. At the end of the lecture, Mr. Apesh answered the questions and inquiries of the students and the faculty members of the department.