Incontro Romano 2007

Incontro Romano International Conference 2007:

MALTA:  The Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS) students worked together on a Paper which they entitled: "Making Time for the Time of your Life – Reconciling Family and Work through Women’s Creativity" where they explored the woman’s role as a wife/mother and her career in the service industry and recognized creative ways in which a woman can improve both her family and professional life.  On the days preceeding the Congress the ITS students had the opportunity to meet up and interact with some students hailing from English-speaking countries, particulary the United States and England.

Incontro Romano

Between the 31st March and 6th April 2007 six ITS students namely Amanda Borg (HOII), Romilda Formosa (HMII), Ritianne Galea (TAI), Romilda Grima (HOII), Natalia Parascandolo (HOI) and Sarah Jane Spiteri (TGI) accompanied by their Lecturer Mrs. Graziella Bencini, were in Rome to attend the Incontro Romano Congress.

(Taken from: http://www.its.edu.mt/aboutits_pressreleases.asp?ID=38)


JAPAN:  Some students of MikawaCookingSchool in Japan participated in Incontro Romano through a poster entitled: “The Art of Obento”.  For the Japanese, the beauty of lunch has a lot of importance, whether it’s a feast or a simple picnic under the cherry-blossom tree.  The Obentois what the Japanese kids bring to school or to the day-care center.  Its preparation requires more time than cooking any other dish, but mothers invest a lot of time and taste into it because they know that that packed lunch is an authentic show of the home in miniature. 

HONG KONG:  Tiffany Wang Yee, from HongKong, delivered the paper entitled: "Hot Pot: Good Food, Happy Home".  She focused on the value of the hot pot, a traditional food preparation in China where food is cooked right where it is being eaten.  She highlighted the cultural element of converging family life with the work of cooking.


NIGERIA:  The participants from Nigeria worked on six (6) social projects.  Their teachings were practical and simple: (1) basic nourishment can be presented in many different and attractive ways; (2) how to beautify a home with floral arrangements or with a little garden; and (3) how the same product can be used for cleaning different areas of the home.

BRAZIL:  How does one solve the problems in home management that arise unexpectedly? With creativity, was the answer of the people of Vertice Proffessional Training Centre of Brazil, in their presentation: “The Art of Improvising in the Work of the Home.”  An unforeseen event/demand can turn into something positive, if one exerts every effort to preserve the family and artistic essence.  One of the attendees of the Congress summarized their proposed methodology this way: “From now onwards, I ought to think with my mind, decide with my heart on what is best for the others, and act with my hands.

UNITED STATES:  Lexington College students received 1st place for their paper, “Art and Ethics: Happiness through Hospitality”.  Guided by Academic Dean, Dr. Marta Elvira, the following students: Miroslava Esparza, Maura Martinez, Adriana Meraz, Sarah Kilarski, Christine Smyczek, and Jenny Yerkes met the conference’s Scientific Committee and present their findings. 

Lexington College is a not-for-profit, private, accredited women’s college in Chicago’s West Loop offering a Bachelor’s degree program specializing in Hospitality Management with four specializations: culinary arts, event planning, hotel/restaurant management and health care & wellness.


AUSTRALIA:  Students of Kenvale College of Tourism and Hospitality Management are encouraged to participate in national and international congresses organised for people in service industries. One international conference held annually is the Incontro Romano held in Rome. Locally, students have attended those organised by Tourism Training Australia, Wine Australia, and Tourism, Hospitality, and Catering Institute of Australia.

Valladolid, SPAIN:  The participants from Valladolid summarized in a Video the volunteer work they have been carrying out with the old folks and kids for the last 3 consecutive years in Bydgoszcz (Poland), Oporto (Portugal) and their own City.  They said that the theme of The Art of Home has thrown a good deal of light on their projects: “volunteer work is also an art because it requires dedication and refinement in the task of helping others, which is the most profound and beautiful dimension of the human being.  It is the very same art that is required and learnt in the family.”

CANADA:  Participants of Lyncroft (Ontario, Canada) have put out a survey directed towards families with kids.  But the survey is interested in answers from people of all walks of life, living in all the diverse circumstances you can think of. 


Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA:  The participants from Argentina have decided to give a regional focus to Incontro Romano, through the so-called "South American Encounters for the Service Industry".  For 2007, there was a very interesting roundtable discussion on Creativity of On-the-Spot Service.  This Meeting has led many attendees to re-discover the dimension of service which can be found in any and every profession.  One of the students spoke with pride about her work in the home of a family.  "Now I know what service means", said another student.  Paper topics ranged from: "Preparation and Variety of Diets for the Sick" to "Fostering the Use of Uniforms for Household Help" to "The Important of the Family Meal".  The paper "Good Taste: A Sense of Harmony and Measure in One's Behavior" proposed the idea that "through what is external, we reflect what we are and what we want to offer".  The conclusions revolved around the need for high-level professional qualifications, with a serious program of studies, which would involve not only technical training but also the anthropological foundations of the person and society.

Barcelona, SPAIN:   Through the analysis of a film that revolves around the tasks of the home, the Asociación Valdor of Barcelona concluded that in order to "make a home, efficiency is not enough; one also has to do it with affection and desires of service."  Otherwise, work gets turned into perfectionism, and not into virtue.  These were the reflections of the study: "The Home In Culinary Arts".



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