Goa has carved a niche for itself as a preferred holiday destination on the global tourist map. It&’s no surprise that the place receives nearly 30 lakh visitors each year and standing strong on the shoulders of tourism is the hospitality industry. The World Travel and Tourism Council calculated that it generated Rs 6.4 trillion or 6.6 per cent of the nation&’s Gross Domestic Product in 2012 and supported 39.5 million jobs. It is predicted to grow at an average annual rate of 7.9 per cent from 2013 to 2023.This gives India the third rank among countries with the fastest growing tourism industries over the next decade.
The hospitality industry requires trained and skilled employees and hence it is important to have a world class institute in the country. Statistics with the Goa tourism department shows that in 2014, 40 lakh tourists visited the place as compared to 31.21 lakh tourists in 2013 and 27.87 lakh in 2012. An overall growth of 30 per cent in tourist arrivals has bolstered the tourism industry in the state. While international tourist arrivals went up by 4.3 per cent, the growth in arrivals of domestic tourists is of 34 per cent. With the next tourism season expected to kick off in October, the industry seems optimistic about the future of tourism. Students are flocking to take advantage of the opportunities that exist within the industry and have been lining up for hospitality and hotel management related courses at institutes across the country.
Recently, it has been a driving force of economy, generating employment and better incomes. It is a rapid growing industry with an increase in foreign tourist arrivals as well as greater number of domestic tourists travelling within the country. Another factor contributing to the rapid growth is the growing airlines industry. With flourishing tourism in India, a lot of international chains have been entering the local market. From budget hotels to five star properties and home stays to boutique resorts, there is something for every traveller. This in turn means a variety of opportunities for hospitality students. Depending on their areas of interest and training, students can work in the areas of hotel and restaurant management, airline catering and cabin service, club management, cruise ship hotel management, hotel and tourism associations, forest lodges and guest houses, catering institutes and even set up an entrepreneurial venture of their own.
With ample opportunities for advancement in this field, students pursuing careers in cafes, bars and lounges will soon find themselves on the fast track towards manager levels which include taking up the position of a general manager, food and beverage, sales and marketing, chef and restaurant manager.
Hospitality students also have an opportunity to build careers in various other sectors including the banking industry, Information technology industry, food chains, institutions, hospitals and industries that have their own cafeteria facilities and require hospitality professionals. Embarking in hospitality can be highly productive. Since it is a service-based industry, in order to have a successful career, one has to possess great skills and the willingness to work hard.
The hospitality industry is an intensive sector, and is in constant need of people. However candidates opting for this have to go through a rigorous training programme to be able to cope with the imperious standards and growing demands. While the opportunities are ample, students need to evaluate their aptitude in the hospitality industry before jumping right in. If the candidate is not willing to work in various areas of operation one may not be suited for the job, as the profession may require that an employee be asked to work in management, housekeeping, front office operation, sales and marketing, accounting or any other department depending upon the specific requirement.
With the Union ministry of tourism, targeting over 12 per cent growth rate in inbound as well as domestic tourists, it has been projected that tourism sector will generate additional jobs for about 2.5 crore people, both direct and indirect, during the period 2010-16.
The number is going to increase with new hotels and resorts cropping up every year by creating more of a name for itself on the tourism map. Trained professionals have an advantage over untrained graduates, as hotels would rather not invest in training of new recruits. The hospitality industry overall provides a diverse range of experiences. It is often considered as one of the most impressive careers, but there is a lot of work and effort involved behind the scenes. However, with the positive growth, students with an inclination towards this career have a bright future ahead.