School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts
Staff Profile
 
Dr Vikneswaran Nair Dr Vikneswaran Nair
Associate Professor
 
PhD (Sys. Eng.)
MSc (Sys. Eng.)
BSc (Hort.)
Dip. Pers. Mgmt. & IR
 
vicky.nair@taylors.edu.my


Subjects Taught
  • Environmental Risk Analysis & Management
  • Application of Information System in Hospitality & Foodservice Industry

Research Interests

  • Sustainable & responsible tourism
  • Environmental management
  • Ecotourism rating and certification
  • Poverty alleviation via tourism

Scholarly Activities

Reviewer for the following academic journals/publications:

  • TEAM Journal of Hospitality & Tourism, Malaysia
  • Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing, USA
  • Tourism Geographies, New Zealand
  • Revue Tourisme, France
  • Tourism Review, Malaysia
  • Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, Hong Kong
  • Case  Studies in Hospitality and Tourism Management

Internal / External Examiner:
  • 2006: Chief Examiner for the License September 2006 Supplementary Examination (Tourism Development), Taylor’s College.
  • 2007: Dissertation Viva for Master Science (Tourism Development) Programme, School of Housing, Building & Planning, Universiti Sains Malaysia: 6 candidates
  • 2008: Dissertation Viva for Master Science (Tourism Development) Programme, School of Housing, Building & Planning, Universiti Sains Malaysia: 8 candidates
  • 2008: Dissertation for Masters in Hotel and Tourism Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA: 1 candidate

Conference Moderator/Track Chair:
  • 2006: Conference Moderator, 12th Asia Pacific Tourism Association & 4th Asia-Pacific CHRIE JOINT CONFERENCE, Hospitality and Tourism Education: Trends & Strategies
  • 2008: Conference Moderator, Concurrent Session 1 Gastronomy and Food Service Management for “The 7th Asia-Pacific Forum For Graduate Student’s Research in Tourism & Hospitality”: Hotel UiTM, Shah Alam, Selangor. June 3-4 2008
  • 2009: Track Chair, 7th Asia-Pacific Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education Conference: Singapore. May 28-3, 2009.
  • 2009: Forum Moderator, “Publish or Perish” in conjunction with Taylor’s Research InFocus:  Leisure Commerce Square, Subang Jaya, Selangor. 22-26 June 2009
  • 2009: Moderator, International Seminar and MCTP Training Course on Community-Based Tourism: Learning from the Homestay Programme in Malaysia: Hotel UiTM Shah Alam, Selangor. 4-15August 2009

Publications
  • Nair, V. and Daud, M. (1999). Agriculture Development Expert System (ADES) Prototype for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).  Journal of the Environmental Management Research Association of Malaysia (ENSEARCH). July 1999.  (1-12).
  • Nair, V. and Daud, M. (1999). Y2K: Is Your Computer Ready to Storm the Weather. Company Secretary: Journal of Malaysian Association of Companies. August 1999. (7)
  • Nair, V. and Daud, M. (1999). ISO 14000: A Gauge for the New Millennium. Company Secretary: Journal of Malaysian Association of Companies, Malaysia. November 1999. (8)
  • Nair, V., Daud, M., Nathan Ganapathi and Abdul Raman Ramli (1999) Expert System for Terrestrial Vegetations Distribution, Potential Impact and Mitigation Abatement Measures.Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 58: (213-224). [Thomson Science CI Journal – Impact Factor 1.035]
  • Nair, V., Daud, M., Badaie, M.Z. and Mohd, A. (2002). A New Insight for Ecotourism Rating for Sustainable Management. Conservation Ecology: A Journal of Integrative Science & Fundamental Policy, Canada. Vol. 5(3). (25-37).
  • Nair, V., Daud, M., Badaie, M.Z. and Mohd, A. (2002). Expert Rating System: Application for Sustainable Ecotourism Management. Environments: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Canada, Vol. 26(2) Open Issue. (15-25).
  • Nair, V., Daud, M., Badaie, M.Z. and Mohd, A. (2002). Ecotourism Awareness in Peninsular Malaysia: A National Domestic Tele-Survey, Journal of HTL Science. Las Vegas, USA.Vol. 2002(3). (46-58)
  • Nair, V., Daud, M., Badaie, M.Z. and Mohd, A. (2003). ASP Approach in Ecotourism Rating Expert System. Pertanika Journal of Science and Technology. Selangor, Malaysia. Vol. 11, No. 1, January 2003. (119-133).
  • Nair, V., Daud, M., Badaie, M.Z. and Mohd, A. (2004). Applying the Expert System Technology to Evaluate Ecotourism Sites Based on Safety, Health and Environmental Quality Assurance. TEAM Journal of Hospitality & Tourism, Malaysia. Vol. 1(1), September 2004. (100-110).
  • Ragavan, P.A. & Nair, V. (2005). Application of a Simulation Exercise in Hospitality & Tourism Curriculum: A Case Study at Taylor’s College, School of Hospitality & Tourism (TCHT). TEAM Journal of Hospitality & Tourism, Malaysia. Vol. 1(2), November 2005. (38-47)
  • Nair, V. (2006). The Impact of the Tsunami on Tourism in Malaysia: Adopting a Crisis Management Plan. Revue Tourisme. Issue 14.  (43-59)
  • Nair, V. (2007). Case Studies in Sustainable Tourism: An Experiential Approach to Making Decisions (Book Review). Asia-Pacific Journal of Tourism Research. Vol. 12(3). (270 – 272).[Scorpus CI Journal]
  • Nair, V. (2008). Developing Benchmarks for Ecotourism Certification in Malaysia. Revue Tourisme. Issue 16.  (105-118).
  • Nair, V. & Whitelaw, P.A. (2008). Hospitality & Tourism Vocation: Program Selection in a Private Institution of Higher Learning in Malaysia. Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education. Vol. 20(3). (30-34).
  • Nair, V. and Azmi, R. (2008). Perception of Tourists on the Responsible Tourism Concept In Langkawi, Malaysia: Are We Up To It? TEAM Journal of Hospitality & Tourism, Vol. 5, Issue 1. (27-44).
  • Nair, V. and Daud, M. (1996). Development and effect on flora: a case study in Langkawi.Proceedings for the Comprehensive expert systems for environmental impact assessment evaluation, approval and monitoring. Kuala Lumpur. 17 Dec 1996. (35-40).
  • Nair, V., Daud, M., Nathan, and Ramli, A.R. (1998). Expert systems for terrestrial vegetation distribution, potential impact and mitigation abatement measures. Proceedings for the Second seminar and ES demonstration on Comprehensive expert systems for environmental impact assessment evaluation, approval and monitoring. Kuala Lumpur. 17-18 February 1998. (148-156).
  • Nair, V., Daud, M., Nathan and Ramli, A.R. (1998). Terrestrial vegetation management expert system for environmental impact. Proceedings of the international conference on computer applications in environmental engineering (CAEE). Organized by IEM and ITM. Kuala Lumpur. 29-30 September 1998. (1-12).
  • Nair, V., Daud, M., Ganapathi, N. and Ramli, A.R. Prototype Expert System (ES) to Determine the Potential Impact and Mitigation Measures for Agricultural Development.  Proceedings for the National Conference on Smart Farming for the Next Millennium. 14-16 March 1999, UPM, Malaysia. (CD-ROM).
  • Dani, N., Nair, V., and Daud, M. A Smart Field Management Computerised System Prototype for Immature and Mature Oil Palm Plantation.  Proceedings for the National Conference on Smart Farming for the Next Millennium. 14-16 March 1999, UPM, Malaysia. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V. and Daud, M. (2001) The challenges of E-Learning: Managing and Maximising Opportunities. Proceedings for the First Hospitality and Tourism Educators’ Association of Malaysia (TEAM) National Conference. 14-16 June 2001, Park Plaza, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V., Daud, M., Badaie, M.Z. and Mohd, A. (2001) Prototype Ecotourism Rating Expert System (ecotourES) based on Safety, Health and Environment. Proceedings for the Engineering Conference & Exhibition. 3-4 October 2001, UPM, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.  (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V., Daud, M., Badaie, M.Z. and Mohd, A. (2001) Expert Rating System: Application for Sustainable Ecotourism Management Based on Safety, Health & Environment. Proceedings for the Malaysian Science & Technology Congress 2001 (MSTC 2001): Symposium C-Information & Communication Technology. 8-10 November 2001, USM, Penang, Malaysia.  (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V., Daud, M., Badaie, M.Z. and Mohd, A. (2001) Expert Ecotourism Rating Expert System. Proceedings of the Third Conference on Ecotourism Innovations and Expert System Application for Sustainable Management Based on Safety, Health and Environment. 26 October 2001, UPM, Serdang, Malaysia. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V., Daud, M., Badaie, M.Z. and Mohd, A. (2002). Sustainable Ecotourism Management: An Expert Rating System Approach. Proceedings of the International Ecotourism Colloquium 2002: Sustaining the Business of Ecotourism. 17-18 January 2002, Crown Plaza Riverside Hotel, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V., Daud, M., Badaie, M.Z. and Mohd, A. (2002). A National Domestic Tele-Survey on Ecotourism Awareness towards Conservation and Sustainable Management in Peninsular Malaysia. Proceedings of the Asia Science and Technology Conference (ASTC 2002). Hotel Nikko, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 14-27 April 2002. (1-11).
  • Nair, V., Daud, M., Badaie, M.Z. and Mohd, A. (2002). Expert Sustainable Management Web-Based Kit for Ecotourism Rating. Proceedings of the International Conference on Environmental Issues and Sustainable Development. Hotel Nikko, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 18-20 July 2002. (1-13).
  • Nair, V., Daud, M., Badaie, M.Z. and Mohd, A. (2002). Expert Rating System: A Sustainable Management Solution for Ecotourism Sites in Peninsular Malaysia. Proceedings of the Second World Engineering Congress. Crown Plaza Riverside Hotel, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. 22-25 July 2002. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V. and Alfred Lim (2003). The Paradigm Shift of Hotel Reservation in the Information Era: A Case in the Golden Triangle, Kuala Lumpur. Proceedings of the First Asia-Pacific CHRIE Conference on Hospitality, Foodservice &Tourism Research and Education: The Asian Waves. Seoul, South Korea, 21 – 23 May 2003. (CD-ROM).
  • Daud, M., Badaie, M.Z., Nair, V., and Shokouhi, M. (2003). Development of an Internet-Based Malaysian Ecotourism-Site Rating Expert System. Proceedings of the International Conference on Advances in Infrastructure for e-Business, e-Education, e-Science, e-Medicine, and Mobile Technologies on the Internet. Rome, Italy, 28 July- 3 August 2003. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V. (2003). Prototype Expert System Shell for Reliable Evaluation of Practical Based Assessment in Hospitality Education. Proceedings of the Malaysian Educational Research Association (MERA) Conference 2003. Universiti Tenaga National, Malayisa. 11 – 13 September 2003. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V., Daud, M., and Badaie, M.Z. (2003). Applying the Expert System Technology to Evaluate Ecotourism Sites Based on Safety, Health and Environmental Quality Assurance.Proceedings of the 2nd Tourism Educators’ Association of Malaysia (TEAM) Conference 2003. Intekma Resort & Convention Centre, Shah Alam, Malaysia. 11 – 12 October 2003. (CD-ROM).
  • Hema Subramonian, Nair, V. and Alice Mathew (2003). Instructional Information and Communication Technology: Opportunities and Impediments to Hospitality and Tourism Educators. Proceedings of the 2nd Tourism Educators’ Association of Malaysia (TEAM) Conference 2003. Intekma Resort & Convention Centre, Shah Alam, Malaysia. 11 – 12 October 2003. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V., Daud, M., Badaie, M.Z. and Mohd, A. (2003). An ICT Approach Towards Ecotourism Rating. Proceedings of the WTO Asia-Pacific Seminar on Sustainability Certification of Tourism Activities. Renaissance Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 11-13 December 2003. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V. and Ragavan, N.A. (2004). A Concept Paper towards Implementation of Bachelor’s Degree in Business IT Specialising in e-Tourism for Private Higher Education Institution in Malaysia. Proceedings of the Second Asia-Pacific CHRIE (APacCHRIE) Conference 2004. Phuket, Thailand May 27-29, 2004. (CD-ROM).
  • Subramonian, H., Nair, V., Mathew, A. and Ong, S.F. (2004). Perception of Hospitality and Toursim Educators towards Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Pedagogy in Education (A Malaysian Context in the Year 2004). Proceedings of the Second Asia-Pacific CHRIE (APacCHRIE) Conference 2004. Phuket, Thailand May 27-29, 2004. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V., Daud, M., Badaie, M.Z. and Mohd, A. (2004). Technological Approach in Ecotourism Rating and Management in Peninsular Malaysia. Proceedings of the Second Asia-Pacific CHRIE (APacCHRIE) Conference 2004. Phuket, Thailand May 27-29, 2004. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V. and Ragavan, A.P. (2004). Application of Ecotourism Principles in a Selected Eco-Site in Malaysia: A Case in Summerset Colonial Hotel and Villas at Rompin, Pahang, Malaysia. Proceedings of the 3rd National Tourism Educators Association of Malaysia (TEAM) Conference 2004. KDU College, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. 30 September – 1 October 2004. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V., Daud, M. and Ragavan, P.A. (2005). Application of Ecotourism Rating in a Selected Eco-Site in Malaysia: A Case in Summerset Colonial Hotel and Villas at Rompin, Pahang, Malaysia. Proceedings of the International Tourism Conference on Tourism Development.Grand Plaza Parkroyal Hotel, Penang, Malaysia. 9-11 January 2005. (CD-ROM).
  • Subramonian, H. and Nair, V. (2005). Managing Business Risk in Digital Era. Proceedings of the Universiti Malaya Faculty of Business Administration Conference (UM-FBA) 2004.Grand Parkroyal, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 14-15 April, 2005. (CD-ROM).
  • Goh, S.S. & Nair, V. (2005). An Exploratory Study on Bicycle Tour as Niche Market Tour Package in Malaysia. Proceedings of the Third Asia-Pacific CHRIE (APacCHRIE) Conference 2005. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. May 26-28, 2005. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V. (2005). Ecotourism Best Practice Initiatives in a Resort: A Case Study in Summerset at Rompin, Pahang, Malaysia. Proceedings of 3rd Global Summit on Peace through Tourism – Education Forum. Pattaya, Thailand – Oct. 2-5, 2005. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V. (2005). Ecotourism Certification &Rating: Are We Ready? Proceedings of Asia-Pacific Ecotourism Conference 2005. Johore Bahru, Malaysia – August 17-20, 2005. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V. (2006). The Tsunami Impact on Tourism Industry. Proceedings of the 4th National Tourism Educators Association of Malaysia (TEAM) Conference 2006. Hotel Singgahsana, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. 9-10 March 2006. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V. (2006). Understanding the Perception of Tourism Landscape in Langkawi, Malaysia. Proceedings of the 4th Asia-Pacific CHRIE (APacCHRIE) & 12th Asia-Pacific Tourism Association (APTA) Conference 2006. Hualien, Taiwan. 26-29 June 2006. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V. (2006). The Seeds of Research in Private Colleges and University-Colleges in Malaysia: An Exploratory Study. Proceedings of Taylor’s College Teaching & Learning Conference 2006. Taylor’s College, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. 2nd September 2006. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V. (2006). Developing Benchmarks for Ecotourism Certification in Malaysia.Proceedings of the Asia-Euro Tourism, Culture & Gastronomy Conference 2006. Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. 9-10 November 2006. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V. & Hurnath, C. (2006). The Contribution of the Hospitality & Tourism Higher Education Institution on Poverty Alleviation among the Disabled Community in Malaysia.Proceedings of UNESCAP-Groupe Developpement Seminar on “Tourism and Poverty Reduction”. United Nation Conference Centre, Bangkok, Thailand. 29 November 2006. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V. & Azmi, R. (2006). Understanding the Perception of Tourism Landscape in Langkawi, Malaysia: Responsible Tourism Landscape in Langkawi, Malaysia. Proceedings of the 4th Asia-Pacific CHRIE (APacCHRIE) & 12th Asia-Pacific Tourism Association (APTA) Conference 2006. Hualien, Taiwan. 26-29 June 2006. (CD-ROM).
  • Hurnath, C. & Nair, V. (2007). The contribution of Higher Educational Hospitality and Tourism Institutions in the Development and welfare of vulnerable communities: A Case study of Taylor's School of Hospitality. Proceedings of the 5th APAC-CHRIE and 13th APTA Joint Conference 2007. Beijing, China. 24- 27 May 2007. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V. (2007). The Coming ‘Asian Waves’ of Tourism, Hotel & Event Education: The Malaysian Experience. Proceedings of the 5th APAC-CHRIE and 13th APTA Joint Conference 2007, Beijing, China. 24- 27 May 2007. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V. & Hurnath, C. (2007). Alleviating poverty among the vulnerable community in Malaysia via tourism: A private higher education institution approach in Malaysia.Proceedings of the 2007 International CHRIE Conference.  Dallas, Texas, USA. 25-29 July 2007.
  • Nair, V. (2007). Trends in Asia-Pacific Tourism, Hotel & Event Education.  Proceedings for the 2007 International CHRIE Conference & Marketplace. Dallas, Texas, USA. 25-29 July 2007. (CD-ROM).
  • Devi, B. & Nair, V. (2007). First-Year Experience of International Students in Hospitality & Tourism Programme: A Private Higher Education Viewpoint. Proceedings of the 5th Tourism Educators Conference on Tourism and Hospitality. Penang, Universiti Sains Malaysia. 3 - 4 August 2007. ISBN: 978-983-3986-46-0. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V. (2008). Industry Relevance in Education: The Malaysian Scene. Proceedings of the 6th APAC-CHRIE Conference THE-ICE International Panel of Experts Forum 2008. Perth, Australia. 21-24 May 2008. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V. (2008). Alleviating Poverty via Tourism Development: Mega Development Projects in Malaysia towards Vision 2020. Proceedings of the 1st International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) European Conference. Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. 21-24 October 2008. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V. (2008). Responsible Ecotourism Management in Malaysia: Tracking Mechanism Using Knowledge Elicitation System.  Proceedings of the RARC (Rikkyo Amusement Research Centre) International Conference 2008. 3-4 November 2008. USM, Penang, Malaysia. [ISBN: 978-4-903985-01-5]. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V. (2008). Transferring Know-How from Developing Country to Least Developed Countries (LDC) – Poverty Alleviation Strategy via Tourism in Malaysia’s Mega Development Corridor Projects. Proceedings of the 2nd Asia-Euro Tourism, Hospitality & Gastronomy Conference 2008. Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. 20-21 November 2008.
  • Nair, V. and Tarride, C. (2009) Community-based Tourism (CBT) Project: A Case Study of the Homestay Initiative of Tasik Bera’s Semelai Tribe in Peninsular Malaysia. Proceedings of the 7th APAC-CHRIE Conference 2009. Singapore. 28-31 May 2009. [ISBN: 978-981-08-3221-6]. (CD-ROM).
  • Nair, V. and Tarride, C. (2009) Community-based Tourism (CBT) Project: A Case Study of the Homestay Initiative of Tasik Bera’s Semelai Tribe in Peninsular Malaysia. Proceedings of the 7th APAC-CHRIE Conference 2009. Singapore. 28-31 May 2009. [ISBN: 978-981-08-3221-6]. (CD-ROM).
  • Devi, B. and Nair, V. (2007). The First Year Experience of International Students in Malaysia: A Private Higher Education Viewpoint: (Ed. Morshidi Sirat, Norzaini Azman and Sarjit Kau). Globalization & International of Higher Education in Malaysia). USM Press. (178-209).
  • Nair, V., Mohamed, B. and Hamzah, A. (2009). Tourism and Malaysia: (Ed. Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, Malaysia at 50 and Beyond). Malaysian Strategic Research Centre Publications. DBP, Kuala Lumpur. (101-132).

Other Articles

  • Nair, V., Daud, M., Nathan, G. and Ramli, A.R. (1998). Terrestrial Vegetation Interaction in a Balanced Ecosystem. The Newsletter of the Environmental Management and Research Association of Malaysia (BERITA m). Malaysia. Jan. 1998. (2-3).
  • Nair, V. (2001) Educommerce: Are we heading the right direction? Education Quarterly.Malaysia. Jan. 2001. Malaysia. (27-28).
  • Nair, V. and Daud, M. (2002). The Business of Ecotourism: A New Phenomenon towards Sustainable Management. Business Today. Vol. 2, Issue 2, February 2002. Malaysia. (44-45).
  • Nair, V. and Daud, M. (2002). Ecotourism. Business Today. Vol. 2, Issue 3, March 2002. Malaysia. (44-45).
  • Nair, V. and Daud, M. (2002). Sustainable Management and Ecotourism.  Business Today, April 2002, Vol.2, Issue 4. , Malaysia. (42-43).
  • Nair, V. and Daud, M. (2002). Making Ecotourism Pay. Business Today, November 2002, Vol.2, Issue 11. , Malaysia. (70-74).
  • Nair, V. and Daud, M. (2002). Venturing into Ecotourism. Business Today, December 2002, Vol.2, Issue 12. , Malaysia. (70-73).
  • Nair, V. (2003). A Career in Travel. Business Today, March 2003, Vol.3, Issue 3. , Malaysia. (71-73).
  • Nair, V. and Vivian (2003). An Ecological Haven. Business Today, April 2003, Vol.3, Issue 4. , Malaysia. (67-72).
  • Nair, V. (2003). E-Commerce in Travel Trade. Business Today, May 2003, Vol.3, Issue 5. , Malaysia. (68-69).
  • Nair, V. (2003). Online Service for Travellers. Business Today, June 2003, Vol.3, Issue 6., Malaysia. (68-72).
  • Nair, V. (2003). Travel by Wire. Business Today, July 2003, Vol.3, Issue 7., Malaysia. (69-73).
  • Nair, V. and Ong, S.F. (2003). Research to Ringgit. Business Today, August 2003, Vol.3, Issue 8. , Malaysia. (68-72).
  • Nair, V. (2003). Eco-Cooperation. Business Today, September 2003, Vol.3, Issue 9. , Malaysia. (72-73).
  • Nair, V. and Daud, M. (2003). E-rating for Ecotourism. Business Today, October 2003, Vol.3, Issue 10. , Malaysia. (71-72).
  • Nair, V. and Daud, M. (2003). Evaluation of Eco-rating Site. Business Today, November 2003, Vol.3, Issue 11. , Malaysia. (70-73).
  • Nair, V.  and Daud, M. (2003). Eco-rating Scale. Business Today, December 2003, Vol.3, Issue 12. , Malaysia. (68-69).
  • Nair, V.  (2004). Teamwork Tourism. Business Today, January 2004, Vol.4, Issue 1., Malaysia. (66-72).
  • Nair, V.  (2004). Simulation for Growth. Business Today, February 2004, Vol.4, Issue 2. , Malaysia. (72-73).
  • Nair, V. and Tamrin, D.  (2004). Customer Service. Business Today, March 2004, Vol.4, Issue 3. , Malaysia. (72-74).
  • Nair, V. and Tamrin, D.  (2004). The Importance of Training. Business Today, April 2004, Vol.4, Issue 4. , Malaysia. (66-68).
  • Nair, V. and Neethiahnanthan A.R. (2004). ICT in Tourism. Business Today, May 2004, Vol.4, Issue 5. , Malaysia. (70-73).
  • Nair, V. (2004). Scaling Gunung Tahan. Business Today, June 2004, Vol.4, Issue 6. , Malaysia. (69-71).
  • Nair, V. (2004). Tourism Education. Business Today, July 2004, Vol.4, Issue 7. , Malaysia. (70-73).
  • Nair, V. (2004). Eco-Resort. Business Today, August 2004, Vol.4, Issue 8, Malaysia. (68-71).
  • Nair, V. (2004). Caring for the Environment. Business Today, September 2004, Vol.4, Issue 9, Malaysia. (56-59).
  • Nair, V. (2004). For Nature Lovers. Business Today, October 2004, Vol.4, Issue 10, Malaysia. (54-57).
  • Nair, V. and Daud, M. (2004). Ecotourism Sites. Business Today, November 2004, Vol.4, Issue 11. , Malaysia. (60-63).
  • Nair, V. and Daud, M. (2004). More Ecotourism Sites. Business Today, December 2004, Vol.4, Issue 12. , Malaysia. (60-62).
  • Nair, V. (2005). Legend of Damai Laut. Business Today, January 2005, Vol.5, Issue 1, Malaysia. (60-62).
  • Nair, V. (2005). The Mystique of Pangkor Island. Business Today, February 2005, Vol.5, Issue 2, Malaysia. (60-63).
  • Nair, V. (2005). The World at your Doorstep. Business Today, March 2005, Vol.5, Issue 3, Malaysia. (58-61).
  • Nair, V. (2005). Pamper Yourself at Samsara Spa. Business Today, June 2005, Vol.5, Issue 6, Malaysia. (88-91).
  • Nair, V. and Tai Siew Yen (2005). The Gateway to Borneo. Business Today, August 2005, Vol.5, Issue 8, Malaysia. (84-87).
  • Nair, V., Daud, M., Badaie, M.Z. and Mohd, A. (2005). Cyber Solution to Ecotourism Rating. Information for Development (i4d) Print Magazine. August 2005 Issue. India. (13-14).
  • Nair, V. (2005). Mulu Simply Breathtaking. Business Today, September 2005, Vol.5, Issue 9, Malaysia. (82-85).
  • Nair, V. (2005). Rendezvous with Nature’s Paradise. Business Today, October 2005, Vol.5, Issue 10, Malaysia. (84-86).
  • Nair, V. (2005). A Mesmerising Trip Above the Altitude. Business Today, November 2005, Vol.5, Issue 11, Malaysia. (86-87).
  • Nair, V. (2005). The Mystique Tasik Chini. Business Today, December 2005, Vol.5, Issue 12, Malaysia. (100-102).
  • Nair, V. (2006). Toulouse: La Ville Rose. Business Today, February 2006, Vol.6, Issue 2, Malaysia. (86-88).
  • Nair, V. (2006). Oh la la... It’s the Eiffel Tower. Business Today, March 2006, Vol.6, Issue 3, Malaysia. (80-82).
  • Nair, V. (2006). Savouring a Splendid Stay: ‘Share-a-Tonne’ of Memories at the Sheraton Hotel Penang. Business Today, April 2006, Vol.6, Issue 4, Malaysia. (80-83).
  • Nair, V. (2006). Penang’s Chew Jetty: A Hidden Heritage. Business Today, June 2006, Vol.6, Issue 6, Malaysia. (80-82).
  • Nair, V. (2006). A Place to Feel Inspired: Llandudno, Wales. Business Today, July 2006, Vol.6, Issue 7, Malaysia. (80-82).
  • Nair, V. (2006). Cuisine Befitting a King: Ashoka Restaurant offers fine Northern Indian fare with a Japanese twist. Business Today, August 2006, Vol.6, Issue 8, Malaysia. (110-111).
  • Nair, V. (2006). Trails, Tales and Tradition: Cameron Highlands Resort. Business Today, September 2006, Vol.6, Issue 9, Malaysia.
  • Nair, V. (2006). Taroko Gorge: Nature at its Best. Business Today, October 2006, Vol.6, Issue 10, Malaysia. (100-102).
  • Nair, V. (2006). Best of the Best Airport Hotel in Asia: Pan Pacific KLIA is Truly Above the Rest for the Tired Traveller. Business Today, November 2006, Vol.6, Issue 11, Malaysia. (102-104).
  • Nair, V. (2006). Fraser’s Hill: Be Mesmerised by Age-Old Heritage. Business Today, December 2006, Vol.6, Issue 12, Malaysia. (104-106).
  • Nair, V. (2006). Ecotourism: A Career in Responsible Tourism. Courses Now: Hospitality & Tourism. Issue 4, 2006. (30-31).
  • Nair, V. (2007). Visit Malaysia Year 2007: Let the Show Begin. Business Today, January 2007, Vol.7, Issue 1, Malaysia. (102-105).
  • Nair, V. (2007). Business of Tourism, Culture & Gastronomy: A Look at the Asia-Euro Link.Business Today, March 2007, Vol.7, Issue 3, Malaysia. (48-51).
  • Nair, V. (2007). Relationship between Teaching & Research. Bits & Bytes Research Newsletter, Taylor’s University College, Malaysia. Vol. 1, Issue 1. October 2007. (2)
  • Nair, V. (2008). Working in the Exciting World of Hospitality & Tourism. Courses Now: Hospitality & Tourism. Issue 55, Sept. 2008. (35-37).
  • Nair, V. (2008). Water Shortage in a Tropical Rainforest Country like Malaysia? Heatless: Tourism Responding to the Challenge of Climate Change. Taylor’s School of Hospitality & Tourism Publishers, Malaysia. (42-44).
  • Nair, V. (2008). The ABC of Understanding Research. Bits & Bytes Research Newsletter, Taylor’s University College, Malaysia. Vol. 2, Issue 1. March 2008. (3).
  • Nair, V. (2008). Research led Teaching. Bits & Bytes Research Newsletter, Taylor’s University College, Malaysia. Vol. 2, Issue 2. June 2008. (2).
  • Nair, V. (2008). Citation Index (C.I.) JournalsBits & Bytes Research Newsletter, Taylor’s University College, Malaysia. Vol. 2, Issue 3. September 2008. (2).
  • Ang, M. and Nair, V. (2008). The Malaysian Research Agenda vs. Taylor’s Research AgendaBits & Bytes Research Newsletter, Taylor’s University College, Malaysia. Vol. 2, Issue 4. December 2008. (2)
  • Nair, V. (2009). Eradicating Poverty via Tourism Development. Le Petit Hotelier Newsletter.Vol. 1. 2009. (10-11).
  • Nair, V. (2009). Sustainable Ecotourism. Impak: Quarterly DOE Update on Environment, Development and Sustainability. Issue 1. 2009. (10-11).
  • Nair, V. Wong, K.Y. and Mohamed, B. (2009). ASEAN Tourism Development Corridor. Taylor’s Research Synopsis. Vol. 1, Issue 1, 4 September 2009. (1-2)
  • Nair, V. (2009). Climate Change: Educating the Youth of the World. Impak: Quarterly DOE Update on Environment, Development and Sustainability. Issue 2. 2009. (8-9).

Guest Lectures/ Plenary Papers Delivered
  • 2002: Information Technology in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry Guest Lecture for Bachelor in Hospitality & Tourism, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM).
  • 2005: Ecotourism Certification & Rating: Are We Ready? Keynote Speaker at the Asia-Pacific Ecotourism Conference 2005: Johore Bahru, Malaysia. August 17-20, 2005.
  • 2006: Rating of Ecotourism Sites Based on Safety, Health & Environmental Quality Assurance. Guest Lecture for Masters in Tourism Planning at the School of Housing, Building & Planning in Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).
  • 2006: Responsible Tourism Initiative - Promoting Sustainable Tourism in Asia: A Wild Asia & Taylor’s College Initiative. Guest Lecture for Bachelor of Economic (majoring in Tourism) at Faculty of Economics & Management Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
  • 2007: Ecotourism Rating & Quality Assurance: The Malaysian Experience. Guest Lecture for Master of Tourism & Hospitality Management at University of Toulouse II, France.
  • 2007: Guiding the Hospitality Industry Towards Responsible Tourism.  Guest Lecture for Master of Tourism & Hospitality Management at University of Toulouse II, France.
  • 2007: Tourism Risk Management in Southeast Asia.  Guest Lecture for Master of Tourism & Hospitality Management at University of Toulouse II, France.
  • 2007: The Coming ‘Asian Waves’ of Tourism, Hotel & Event Education: The Malaysian Scene. Plenary speaker at the 5th APac-CHRIE & 13th APTA Joint Conference: Beijing, China. 24-27 May 2007.
  • 2007: Trends in Asia-Pacific Tourism, Hotel & Event Education: The Malaysian Experience.  Plenary speaker at the 2007 International CHRIE Conference: Dallas, USA. 24-29 July 2007.
  • 2008: Developing Industry Relevant Education – The Malaysia Scene.  Plenary speaker at the 6th APac-CHRIE & THE-ICE International Panel of Expert Forum 2008: Perth, Australia. 21-24 May 2008.
  • 2008: Understanding Responsible Tourism in this 21st Century: The Malaysian Experience. Guest Lecture for Masters & PhD Programme in Tourism Management at the College of Tourism in Rikkyo University, Japan.
  • 2008: Ecotourism Accreditation & Responsible Tourism Award: Solution to the Future of Ecosystem in Asia. Guest Lecture for Academic Staff and Post Graduate Students of the Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT), Macao.
  • 2008: Responsible Tourism Indicators & Their Application in Coastal & Island Management. Guest Lecture on Short Training Course: How to Successfully Plan and Manage Coastal & Island Tourism for delegates from Commonwealth.
  • 2009: Responsible Tourism, Keynote speaker At the 2009 17th National Convention for the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Educators of Phillipines (COHREP): Batangas City, Phillipines. 29-31 January 2009.
  • 2009: The Potential of Education Tourism in Malaysia: The Real Estate Backup.  Keynote Speaker at the 20th National Real Estate Convention, The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 11& 12th August 2009.

Awards & Honours
  • Nov. 2002: Taylor's College, School Of Hospitality & Tourism Taylor's Education Group, Chairman's Award for Excellence 2002 (Academic)
  • Sept. 2004: Third National Tourism Educators Conference 2004 Tourism Educators Association of Malaysia (TEAM), Best Paper Award for Research in Tourism. Title of research: Application of Ecotourism Principles in a Selected Eco-Site in Malaysia: A Case in Summerset Colonial Hotel and Villas at Rompin, Pahang, Malaysia
  • Nov. 2006: The Outstanding Young Malaysian Award 2006 Junior Chambers Malaysia, Certificate of Merit Award for Excellence in Academic Leadership and Accomplishment 2006.
  • Oct. 2007: Taylor's University College Taylor's Education Group, Chairman's Award for Excellence 2007 (Research)
  • Nov. 2008: 2nd Asia-Euro Tourism, Hospitality & Gastronomy Conference 2008. Taylor's School of Hospitality & Tourism and University of Toulouse, France, Best Paper Award for Research in Tourism. Title of research: Transferring Know-How from Developing Country to Least Developed Countries (LDC): Poverty Alleviations Strategy via Tourism in Malaysia's Mega Development Corridor Projects
  • Aug. 2009: 20th National Real Estate Convention 2009. Association of Valuers and Property Consultants in Private Practice Malaysia (PEPS) and the Institution of Surveyors Malaysia, Best Paper Award. Title of research: The Potential of Education Tourism in Malaysia: The Real Estate Back-Up
  • Nov. 2009: The Outstanding Young Malaysian Award 2009. Junior Chambers Malaysia, Honorary Award for Excellence in Academic Leadership and Accomplishment 2009.

Professional Affiliations
  • 1998: Environmental Management & Research Association Of Malaysia (ENSEARCH), Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. Ordinary Membership
  • Jan. 1999: Centre for Environmental Technologies (CETEC), Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. Individual Membership.
  • 2001-present: ECOCLUB.COM- International Ecotourism Club, Psihico, Athens, Greece. Expert Panel for Ecotourism Management.
  • 2002-present: Sarawak Development Institute. Ordinary Membership
  • 2003: Malaysian Education Research Association (MERA). Ordinary Membership.
  • 2003 - present: Tourism Educators' Association Of Malaysia (TEAM). Committee Member (2004/2006), Secretary (2006/2010).
  • 2005 – present: International Council On Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Education (I-CHRIE). Individual Membership:
    Executive Secretary – Asia-Pacific CHRIE (2005/2006)
    Vice President - Asia-Pacific CHRIE (2006/2007)
    President - Asia-Pacific CHRIE (2007/2008)
    Chairman / Past President - Asia-Pacific CHRIE (2008/2009)
    Ex-Officio - Asia-Pacific CHRIE (2009 onwards)
    I-CHIRE – Board of Directors (2007/2008)
    I-CHIRE – Strategic Planning Committee (2010/2011)

Research & Consultancy Projects

Research
  • 1996-1999: Comprehensive expert systems for environmental impact assessments (EIA) evaluations, approvals and monitoring. Funded by Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment.
  • 1999-2002: Comprehensive expert systems for information capturing, sharing and managing for bio resources, ecotourism and related industries. Funded by Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment
  • 1999: Smart Field Management Computerised System Prototype for Immature and Mature Oil Palm Plantation. Funded by Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • 2003: Instructional Information and Communication Technology: Opportunities and Impediments to Hospitality and Tourism Educators. Funded by Taylor's University College
  • 2004: Perception of Hospitality and Tourism Educators towards Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Pedagogy in Education: A Malaysian Context. Funded by Taylor's University College
  • 2005: Application of a Simulation Exercise in Hospitality & Tourism Curriculum. Funded by Taylor's University College
  • 2005: Application of Ecotourism Rating in Summerset Colonial Hotel and Villas at Rompin, Pahang, Malaysia. Funded by Summerset Colonial Hotel and Villas
  • 2005: Managing Business Risk in Digital Era. Funded by Taylor's University College
  • 2005: An Exploratory Study on Bicycle Tour as Niche Market Tour Package in Malaysia. Funded by Taylor's University College
  • 2006: Issues and Pressure Points in Langkawi Tourism Development: Understanding the Responsible Tourism Landscape. Funded by Wild Asia & Langkawi Development Authority (LADA).
  • 2006: Crisis Management Plan: The Impact of the Tsunami on Tourism in Malaysia. Funded by Taylor's University College & University of Toulouse, France.
  • 2006: Developing Benchmarks for Ecotourism Certification in Malaysia. Funded by Taylor's University College
  • 2006: An Exploratory Study on the Seeds of Research in Private Colleges and University-Colleges in Malaysia. Funded by Taylor's University College.
  • 2006: Poverty Alleviation via Tourism in Malaysia. Funded by Taylor's University College.
  • 2007: First-Year Experience of International Students in Hospitality & Tourism Programme: A Private Higher Education Viewpoint. Funded by National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN) based in Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).
  • 2008: Hospitality & Tourism Vocation: Program Selection in a Private Institution of Higher Learning in Malaysia. Funded by Victoria University, Australia.
  • 2008: Poverty Alleviation Strategy via Tourism in Malaysia's Mega Development Corridor Projects. Funded by Taylor's University College.
  • 2009: Community-based Tourism (CBT) Project: A Case Study of the Homestay Initiative of Tasik Bera's Semelai Tribe in Peninsular Malaysia. Funded by Taylor's University College.

Consultancy
  • 2007: Lead Consultant for Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ) in Developing Tourism Master Plan and Action Plan for Petaling Jaya. The project is in collaboration with Tourism Educators Association of Malaysia.
  • 2007: Consultant for National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN) based in Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) for the project on Globalisation and Internationalisation of Higher Education: Issues in Teaching & Learning and Outcomes of Higher Education.
  • 2009: Consultant for National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN) based in Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) for the project on Developing a Strategic Roadmap for Private Higher Education in Malaysia: Human Resources Issues in Private Higher Education in Malaysia.
  • 2009: Consultant for National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN) based in Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) for the study on Issues of International Students in Malaysia.
  • 2009: Consultant for Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT) based in the Ministry of Higher Education for the project on International Partnerships & Collaborative Ventures in Higher Education in Malaysia.
  • 2009: Consultant for Ministry of Higher Education in coordination by University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) for the project, Study of Academic Recognition & Acknowledgement Plan for Higher Education in Malaysia.
  • 2009: Lead Consultant for ASEAN and Ministry of Tourism, Malaysia for the project in developing the ASEAN Tourism Development Corridor.



  
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