Conference 2013

The Institute of Hospitality Management in Prague presents its
5th annual International Scientific
Conference on



On Wednesday October 23rd 2013 the Institute of Hospitality Management in Prague 8, Ltd. (IHM) held its 5thAnnual International Scientific Conference  “Hospitality, Tourism and Education”with a focus on Prospects 2020. The European Union pursues its cohesive policy in seven-year cycles and that is why the Conference presentations aimed at the preparations of the new programming period EU 2014 – 2020.

The Conference itself focused on current trends and practical experience in the sector of services and their innovation aimed at possibilities and prerequisites for further development of particular disciplines till 2020. “We would like to enhance the research and cooperation among academic institutes, organizations and successful realizers in practice”,said professor, Ing Jiří Jindra, CSc., Chairman of the Organizational Committee at the opening session of the Conference.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Czech Tourism-Czech Convention Bureau its current General Director Ing. Rostislav Vondruška acknowledged the activities of the first Director of the State Marketing Agency Ing. Karel Nejdl,CSc. Ing. Lucie Plzáková, Ph.D, from the IHM Department of travel and tourism, informed the participants about the solutions of the international project WelDest which is financially supported by the European Commission.

Representatives of public bodies, as well as of private subjectspresented their speeches in the panel discussion. MagConsulting company represented by Ing. Jaromír Beránek, “Valachy Resort” represented by its Director of Hotel operations Bc. Tomáš Blabla, Prague City Tourism represented by its Director PhDr. Nora Dolanská, MBA also participated in the discussion. Vice-President of the Czech Confederation of Commerce and Tourism Ing. Pavel Hlinka presented their opinions, too. Head of the Department of Travel and Tourism of the Ministry for Regional Development of the Czech Republic Mr. Aleš Hozdecký presented their concerns as well.

Conference conclusions:

  • It is necessary to expand the network of professional workplaces of academic institutes and subjects from practice and purposefully develop their cooperation in order to strengthen their research and innovative activities.
  • With the aim of permanent and systematic enhancement of service qualities of the Czech hotel operations, gastronomy,  travel and tourism, as well as their competitiveness, it may be useful to include these fields among the  priorities of research, development and innovation processes in the Czech Republic during the following programming period.
  • In harmony with improvement of the  theoretical level and education of students the study disciplines of hospitality and tourism in the Czech Republic need its own doctorate study programme and  its own habilitation procedure.
  • The IHM should further popularize its research and innovative results from practice. Thus it is necessary to strengthen the profile of research and further creative activities, including their expansion and deepening of international contacts. Such processes can facilitate mutual and profound exchange of experience.

Prague, October 23rd, 2013

doc. Ing. Jan Hán, Ph.D.
Vice-Rector for research, Conference special guarantor
The Institute of Hospitality Management in Prague 8, Ltd.
Svídnická 506
181 00 Prague 8
Tel.: 00420 283 101 143

Proceedings from Conference