Tuesday, 11 December 2012

International Careers in Hospitality


The hospitality industry is a 33 trillion dollar service sector within the global economy. India’s tourism and hospitality industry has emerged as one of the key sectors driving the country’s economy. The Hospitality Industry is among the fastest growing industries and has witnessed manifold growth in the last decade or more resulting in the creation of innumerable job opportunities for hospitality professionals. With such rapid growth the industry is faced with a severe crunch of qualified, trained and skilled personnel.

Professionals in the hospitality sector are usually qualified with trade certificates and college degrees. Many hospitality schools offer specialized courses of study in one particular aspect of the industry.

The hospitality industry also includes tourism support commercial activities like airline cabin staff and travel agents. Travel technology like applied information technology (IT) and its workers in hospitality, travel and tourism are included in the hospitality industry.

Why Study in Switzerland:
Switzerland has one of the world's best education systems. The most popular of the educational facilities for foreign students, are the Swiss Hospitality Schools. Located in various towns and cities across Switzerland, these schools are renowned worldwide for their high standards and are almost a pre-requisite for hospitality students looking for a first class education. In this environment you get to learn the “Finesse” (refinement & delicacy of performance, execution & artisanship )  of the traditional Swiss  hospitality approach. As far as hospitality is concerned you experience practical elements, management expertise and languages leading you the Swiss Hospitality Touch.

The most unique advantage to study hospitality in Switzerland is that all Swiss schools have a minimum of around 20 weeks placement as an integral part of the course. The paid placement not only gives the student a practical experience but also supports for the cost of living of the student. This paid placement is located by the School & is assured to all eligible students.

Why study in UK/US/Canada/Australia/New Zealand/Singapore :
Studying abroad helps you to cater to the ever growing need of Hospitality Industry through exclusive learning with extensive industry participation. Studying in these countries also facilitates learning of various facets of Hospitality industry. The qualification from recognized University equips the student to be successful a hospitality professional.

The tuition fees for the UG level courses would range from around 6 lacs to 10 lacs per year while the PG & Masters courses would range from 8 lacs to 15 lacs. Students generally do get a part time job to cover their cost of living. The biggest advantage is of the post study work permit granted by almost all countries wherein the student not only covers his investments made for studies but also makes a pathway for his career in the related field with substantial savings to bag with. The degrees from such renowned universities add weight age to ones profile and also gets recognition in India as well. One of the main reasons of studying abroad is experience of studying in international environment is achieved and one gets the much needed benefit of global exposure.

The scope in hospitality is assuring for students as they have a sure-shot bright career. As per the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2009 by the World Economic Forum, India is ranked 11th in the Asia Pacific region and 62nd overall, moving up three places on the list of the world's attractive destinations. It is ranked the 14th best tourist destination for its natural resources and 24th for its cultural resources, with many World Heritage sites, both natural and cultural, rich fauna, and strong creative industries in the country.

Preeti Sukhwani
Director