Empowering India’s Workforce: The Promising Path of Hospitality and Tourism Careers

Good news for job seekers, especially for those who are preparing for careers in the hospitality sector. According to experts, the next 5 to 7 years will witness a surge in employment opportunities in the tourism and hospitality industry, with an estimated creation of over 5 crore direct and indirect jobs. This sector is rapidly emerging as a promising avenue for young aspirants seeking employment.

The Hotels Association of India (HAI) highlights the need for government support to enhance infrastructure and foundational frameworks in this sector to fully capitalize on the employment potential. Punit Chatwal, the president of HAI, emphasizes that not only can investments in hospitality infrastructure boost revenue, but they can also catalyze job creation.

Hospitality, a pillar of tourism development, currently contributes approximately 10% to total employment and 8% to the country’s GDP. With the right policies in place, there is immense potential for further growth and development in this sector.

Recent trends indicate a remarkable 271% increase in job appointments over the past two years, signaling a robust expansion in business activities. It’s imperative to prioritize tourism development not only at the managerial level but also at the entry level to ensure sustained growth and service excellence.

Former CEO of NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant, echoes the sentiment, advocating for the recognition of the Indian tourism sector as an industry deserving of industrial and foundational status. He stresses the need for policymakers to acknowledge that tourism is a major job creator, with the potential to generate 2.5 crore jobs by 2030.

Comparatively, Thailand and Malaysia currently outpace India in tourism employment, creating approximately 2 crore and 1.5 crore jobs, respectively. India, with its rich cultural heritage and diverse landscapes, has the capacity to significantly bolster employment opportunities in the tourism sector, currently providing employment to 78 lakh individuals.

In conclusion, with the right policy interventions and strategic investments, the Indian tourism and hospitality sector can emerge as a powerhouse of job creation, offering a plethora of opportunities for the country’s youth

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