According to the statistics shared by the India Brand Equity Foundation, “the travel & tourism sector in India accounted for 8 per cent of the total employment opportunities generated in the country in 2017, providing employment to around 41.6 million people during the same year. The number is expected to rise by 2 per cent annum to 52.3 million jobs by 2028.
International hotel chains are increasing their presence in the country, as it will account for around 47 per cent share in the Tourism & Hospitality sector of India by 2020 & 50 per cent by 2022.” So, despite the unprecedented slump brought by the COViD-19 pandemic, hotel industry is set to rise again with time and offer a multitude of lucrative opportunities.
It should also be noted that even in these difficult times, several state governments have roped reputed hotels in to serve the frontline workers and migrants by providing them with food and accommodation. So, all those speculation about the downfall of the hotel industry should be taken with a pinch of salt. As explained in an article on https://hospitalityinsights.ehl.edu, “hotel industry will have to prepare for a significant increase in tourism demand after the epidemic. How hotels coordinate their resources and adapt to this sudden increase while guaranteeing service quality is critical.”
So, how should you be prepared for this upcoming boom of job in the hotel industry? Simply by being professionally prepared! The first step to do this is to get yourself enrolled in a hotel management degree course. As the admission season is here, it is time to make the most of it secure a seat in a good hotel management college. So, here’s some useful information to help you do this.
The minimum qualification required to join any hotel management/catering technology course is passing standard 12thwith minimum 45% marks. Some colleges might have an even more relaxed criterion, but most reputed colleges follow this benchmark.
Duration of course
The minimum duration of hotel management courses is three to four years, depending upon the course and college. Students get the opportunity to gain theoretical and practical knowledge about food & beverage service, cookery, kitchen operations management, front office management, organisational behaviour, management of hospitality organisations, travel management, and the likes. Subjects related to ‘Green practices’ and digitization of some services may also be offered by some universities. Some professional institutes also offer diploma and certificate courses in various branches of hotel management, but a degree course is always better to help you stand out in the midst of rising competition. Second, companies also prefer candidates with a graduation degree rather than a certificate or a diploma. Third, the starting salary offered to a graduate in hotel management/catering technology/hotel administration is higher than that offered to someone with lower qualification. The top colleges for hotel management recognised by the AICTE and accredited by NAAC.
Total fees for degree course in hotel management ranges between INR 2 lakhs to 10 lakhs per annum, depending upon the course and college you have chosen.
The salary in this field depends upon the organisation and the job profile. A fresher with a degree in hotel management earns somewhere between Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 40,000 per month. On the other hand, a fresher with certificate and diploma can earn somewhere around 12000 to 15000 per month. Further growth in salary depends upon the individual’s performance and of course the overall revenues being earned by the company. In general, prospects of financial growth are bright in this field.
Hotel industry has its own glamour factor. The chance to meet celebs, handsome tips, travel opportunities, and making guests taste world’s best cuisines—all this and more make this field a preferred choice of many.
Remember that choosing one of the best hotel management colleges—whether government or private, will play a key role in preparing you to rise and shine in the hotel industry of the post-COViD world.