Avalon Academy & Thomas Cook join hands to offer

Diploma in Travel & Tourism


Mumbai: Avalon Academy, the aviation training arm of Aptech Limited, a global leader in learning solutions, today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Thomas Cook India Limited (TCIL), the largest travel group in the world to introduce a specialized Diploma Program in Travel and Tourism – an industry – institute partnership with the objective of creating talent for the industry.


The one year comprehensive program in travel and tourism would include four modules inclusive of Leisure Travel Management, Travel-related Studies, Service Quality & Customer Care. In addition, the students will undergo a two months internship with Thomas Cook to expose them to the practical aspects of the industry.


Speaking at the Announcing, Ninad Karpe, CEO & MD, Aptech Limited, said, “In light of the growing professionalism in travel and tourism industry, this course has been designed to equip the aspiring students with required skills and industry exposure. The industry-academia partnership of Avalon and Thomas Cook makes it a power-packed combination which will enhance the employability of the students manifold, opening up a world of opportunities for them in this sphere”


Announcing the program, Madhavan Menon, Managing Director, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd said, “Tourism has been a developing industry in India with the rapid rise in the inbound and outbound travel sectors. We have witnessed that globally tourism is now amongst the major economic growth drivers. Thus, we are glad to be associated with a progressive academic opportunity in creating such a seasoned and cultivated employment force for the future of the Indian travel sector.”


Dr. Prasanth Nair, President and Head of Human Resources, TCIL, said, “India has tremendous potential to become a major global tourist destination and Indian tourism industry is exploiting this potential to the hilt. To meet up with such global demand for trained & qualified travel professionals, Thomas Cook and Avalon Academy have launched this Diploma in Travel & Tourism. With this association, students will have an opportunity to get ‘Industry Approved Work Experience’ as well as getting hands-on exposure to how the travel and tourism industry works.”


Avalon Academy has successfully pursued the mission to bring in a high degree of professionalism to aviation & hospitality training by offering career-centric training programs, which adhere to the highest academic standards, thus helping the students meet and surpass stringent industry standards.


Avalon Academy is the only institute in India to offer university-affiliated MBA, BBA and diploma courses in Aviation and Hospitality. Currently Avalon Academy has over 50 centres across India. The institute has strategic alliance with 38 domestic & international airlines and Airports Authority of India for internships and placements.


About Avalon Academy:


Avalon Academy is a wholly owned subsidiary of Aptech Ltd., which came into existence about 3 years ago to provide high quality training to aspirants in the aviation/ hospitality industry. The institute currently offers a plethora of professional courses that focus on hard core aviation & hospitality and related skills required in these sectors.


Avalon has a competitive edge in the industry with its State-of-the-art training methodologies, infrastructure facilities and world class trainers. Adding on to this is Avalon’s course content which is constantly updated to make it pertinent to the present day scenario.


For details on Avalon Academy, please visit www.avalonacademy.in


About Thomas Cook (India) Limited


Thomas Cook (India) offers a broad spectrum of travel and related services such as package tours, currency exchange and travel insurance as well as hotel and flight reservations. Thomas Cook has been present in India for over 127 years and operates over 160 offices at various locations in the country and has operations in Sri Lanka & Mauritius. In its initiative to be a 'One Stop Shop', the Company offers a range of travel and financial services / products to its customers. Additional information on Thomas Cook (I) Limited is available on the Company website www.thomascook.in.


For further details contact:


Thomas Cook

Kruti Sharma

Corporate Communications

Tel: +91-22-61603333

D: +91-22-66091011

Email: Kruti.sharma@in.thomascook.com