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Introduction

If good communication skills and an outgoing personality is also a part of your persona, then hospitality industry is the perfect career. The boom in tourism and travel industry has triggered rapid growth in the past decade. The demand for manpower in this industry offers career choices in hotels, restaurants, airlines etc. Hospitality is a booming industry in India. Tourism and hospitality are the third largest net earners of foreign exchange and they are expected to be number one by the year 2010. The ninth five year plan has predicted a shortage of 30,000 trained professionals every year.

The hospitality industry other than being a growing industry is a labour intensive one. India has a large concentration of educated English speaking people, which provides an impetus of growth to the hospitality sector. Here is a list of industries where you can make a career:

. Restaurant Management / Fast Food Joint Management

. Club Management / Recreation and Health Centre Management

. Cruise Ship Management

. Institutional and Industrial Catering

. Airline Catering and Cabin Services

. Hotel and Catering Institute

. Hotel and Tourism Associations

. Catering Departments in banks and insurance houses.

. Govt. Owned Catering Departments e.g. railway, armed forces, ministerial conventions etc.

. In food, confectionery, beverage production industries.

A degree in Hotel Management is usually the basic requirement to take the first step towards a career in the hospitality industry. Hotel management as a career stream is extremely rewarding. You should look for hotel jobs opportunities if you are interested in working in the hospitality industry. You can easily find something in your area because there are hotels everywhere. You can do many different jobs in a hotel, and you have to be flexible to do them effectively. Hotels need workers at all hours and on all days of the week because they never close. If you are lucky enough, you can secure a daytime position, even if you havent worked at a hotel for a long time you can still make your Hotel Career any time at any age.

It includes various aspects of running a hotel/service sector and understanding their influence on the day to day operations. In hotel management, one learns two subjects in great detail - rooms division, including front office and housekeeping; and food & beverage, including food & beverage production and service, and kitchen stewarding. One learns about hotel accounting, nutrition and a foreign language, as well. In addition culture, social life, ethnic products, tourism, local rituals and cuisine are also included.

With increasing globalization, career opportunities in this field are not only unlimited within the country but there are chains of hotels, which operate internationally providing scope of a career abroad. It is a glamorous profession, which has a bright future. With the growth of hotel industry propelled by foreign and domestic tourism and business travel, the demand for well-trained quality personnel too has grown impressively.

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