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Way Forward in the New Normal – Hospitality Education Post Covid-19

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India is poised to be one of the fastest growing tourism industries over the next decade, with the Hospitality and Tourism sector predicted to grow at an average annual rate of 7.5% to 18.36 lakh crore (US $270 billion) by 2025 (7.2% of GDP).

The hospitality sector in India is projected to grow tremendously in the next decade. In today’s context, the demand for hospitality professionals is also growing, and the sector is expected to come up with more trained professionals in the coming decade. Moreover, it has been observed that the demand for hospitality is rising in small cities in India. People are involving themselves more in travelling as compared to the past because of better connectivity and the ease of air travel. With advancements in technology, hotel rooms can now be booked with the click of a button. There is a growing awareness of hospitality standards in India and people are demanding high-quality services in hotels and restaurants. There are several brands and chains that have entered the Indian market and with high competition, customers are spoiled for choice. Overall, it is important for hospitality professionals to plan for the long term, and hence the demand for highly trained professionals is increasing.

‘Talent gap’ refers to a lack of skilled individuals in the industry. Every sector occasionally faces the tough issue of the talent gap. Lack of talent can be demotivating for an industry. To fill this talent gap, an individual needs skills, abilities and knowledge about their sector. While there are ample opportunities for growth and success in the hospitality field, students need to evaluate their aptitude for a career in this field before coming right into it.

Covid19 Impact

According to the UNWTO April 14-2020 report, the tourism sector is currently one of the hardest hit by the outbreak of COVID-19, with impacts on both travel supply and demand. This represents an added downside risk in the context of a weaker world economy; geopolitical, social and trade tensions; as well as uneven performance among major outbound travel markets.

Read the full article here in our July 2020 issue.

Mr. P.K. Mohankumar is a hospitality veteran of 45 years, Ex-COO Taj Gateway Hotels and Ex-MD Ginger Hotels. With a unique experience of having worked in all four hospitality segments – Luxury, Premium, Mid-Market and Economy – Mr. Mohankumar is an industry professional with hard-core Operations expertise.

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