Asian Institute of Tourism
|Asian Institute of Tourism|
Instituto ng Turismong Asyano
|Type||University of the Philippines College (officially Degree-Granting Unit)|
|Dean||Dr. Corazon Rodriguez|
|College Secretary||Ma. Criselda Gatchalian-Badilla|
|Location||Commonwealth Avenue, UP Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines|
|Website||UP Asian Institute of Tourism Website|
The U.P. Asian Institute of Tourism is the premier institution of tourism education in the Philippines.
It is the first school in Southeast Asia to offer a four-year degree program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Tourism.
Its mission is to upgrade the travel and tourism profession by providing high quality education
and training to students who will be the industry's future managers, entrepreneurs and technical experts.
The Institute performs the three basic functions of teaching, research and extension, fulfilling the following objectives:
- To develop entrepreneurs, managers and qualified staff for the tourism industry
- To assist in the development, growth and professionalization of tourism
- To provide a realistic instructional and research laboratory for tourism operations and management
- To provide a place for the conduct of professional and technical programs for the hospitality industry
Today, AIT remains in the forefront of tourism education and training in the country. As tourism becomes a global strategic agenda, it continues its leading functions and actively maintains its links with the various sectors of society.
Concept of a tourism institute becomes subject of discussion among tourism agencies and in academic circles
- September 23, 1975
Tourism Secretary Jose D. Aspiras formally proposes the establishment of the tourism institute during the 6th Regional Asia and Australasia Hotel and Restaurant Convention
- September 1975
UP President Onofre D. Corpus directs his Program Development Staff to prepare project study for the creation of the Asian Institute of Tourism (AIT).
- December 26, 1975
RP President Ferdinand Marcos approves AIT's creation as a tripartite project of the Department of Tourism, Philippine Tourism Authority and University of the Philippines.
- February 6, 1976
A Memorandum of Agreement to establish AIT is signed by Tourism Secretary Jose D. Aspiras, Philippine Tourism Authority General Manager Rodolfo Cacdac, and University of the Philippines President Onofre D. Corpuz
- February 26, 1976
The UP Board of Regents during its 869th meeting confirms the Memorandum of Agreement, thus, paving the way for the formal founding of the institute.
AIT holds temporary office at the UP Alumni Center while AIT Complex is being constructed.
- June 1977
The BS Tourism Management program is offered as a four-year degree course in UP. It attracts an initial batch of 28 students.
- November 20, 1978.
AIT Complex is inaugurated by First Lady Imelda Marcos. Event marks the creation of the first such institute in Asia.
- March 1979
AIT produces first 12 graduates of the BS Tourism program
Prof. Daniel G. Corpuz is appointed Dean of the Institute
AIT House is leased to Brentwood Corporation and renamed AIT Hotel.
Prof. Evangeline M. Ortiz is appointed Dean of the Institute
Lease by Brentwood is terminated. AIT Hotel is closed.
Prof. Reil G. Cruz is appointed Dean of the Institute
Dr. Ma. Corazon P. Rodriguez is appointed Dean of the Institute
- Bachelor of Science (BS) in Tourism
The Bachelor of Science in Tourism is a four-year course that aims to develop entrepreneurs, managers and qualified personnel for the tourism industry.
The program requires a student to take 47 courses equivalent to 150 units. Around 45 units are general education subjects (under the Revised General Education Program of the University) taken in service units of the University, such as the College of Arts and Letters, College of Social Science and Philosophy, and the College of Science.
The remaining units are taken in the Institute and consist of 19 required tourism subjects; five tourism electives, six units of which could be for study of one foreign language; and internship of 360 hours. On average, this requires taking 18 units per semester over 4 years, excluding internship (with a credit of 5 units) during the summer of 3rd year.
The subjects cover general management, accounting and finance, marketing and promotions, tourism laws, tourism planning and development, and courses that discuss the various facets of the tourism industry.
A special feature of the program is the internship in any of the industrial sectors of tourism. Students are required to undergo 360 hours (equivalent to five course credits) of training in the summer prior to their senior year. By getting practical exposure in a sector of their choice, students can make informed decisions on their career options, which may be in the airline, hotel, resort, convention, travel agency, tour operations, national tourism organization, and allied fields.
Dr. Corazon Rodriguez serves as the Dean of the Institute. She is assisted by the Institute Secretary and two other Directors in managing the affairs of the school.
Office of the Dean
Prof. Ma.Criselda Gatchalian-Badilla
Prof. Virgilio Maguigad
Division of Research, Training and Extension Services
Dr. Edieser Dela Santa
Division of Academic Affairs
Aside from the AIT Student Council (AIT-SC), there are three other student organizations based in the institute. These groups regularly stage exhibits, seminars, shows and other educational events that overall contribute to a lively and stimulating atmosphere in the institute.
- UP Club for the Environment and Tourism (UP Club Ecotour)
- UP Tourism Management Society (TMS)
- UP Travel Society (TS)
UP Newsletter: Domestic tourism is a way to respond to global recession—UP-AIT 
Asian Institute of Tourism website (http://www.upd.edu.ph/~ait/index.html)