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Vijayakumar B. Former Principal, Kerala Institute of Tourism and Travel Studies

Vijayakumar B. served as the Principal of Kerala Institute of Tourism and Travel Studies for ten years from 2007 to 2017. He joined the Collegiate Education Department, Government of Kerala as Lecturer of Economics in 1981, and also served as Senior Lecturer and Reader of Economics in various government colleges. He also served as visiting faculty in tourism in University of Kerala for seven years.

Dr Vijayakumar is a post graduate in economics, tourism management and rural development and took degrees of MPhil and PhD in tourism from the University of Kerala. He is an accredited management teacher and life member of All India Management Association, editor of Indian Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Management, expert member of various committees of State Planning Board, vocational higher secondary education, Business Advisory Committee Hospitality Sector of Additional Skill Acquisition Programme Kerala, Post Graduate Board of Studies in Tourism at Central University, Puducherry and Anna University, Chennai. He also served as Chairman, Board of Studies (UG), member of Post Graduate Studies in Economics and Management and faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kerala.

He has coordinated 12 research projects, published 4 books in economics, 11 books in tourism and contributed research articles to various national and international journals. He has presented research papers in more than 75 national and international conferences. He is a recipient of National Award for Best Research Report in 2003, instituted by International Institute of Adult and Lifelong Education New Delhi and Vocational Excellence Award by Rotary Club, Thiruvananthapuram in 2014. His areas of expertise include sustainable tourism and community-based tourism activities. He is actively involved in propagating responsible tourism among tourism stakeholders at micro and macro levels through public meetings, workshops, print and electronic media.