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Hotel industry has grown leaps and bounds with the promotion of tourism, globalization and rapid changes made in the industrial policies. In this situation, demand for trained personnel has become the need of the hour. Various specialized areas that one can for in this field is food and beverage service, housekeeping, management, front office, book keeping, and sales and marketing.
Aspirants wishing to pursue a course in hotel management must have completed 10+2. Various options are open such as certificate, diploma, degree and post graduation courses. Students preferring short-term courses can opt for certificate courses, which usually range from 6 months to 1 year while diploma and Bachelor courses are of 1½ to 3 years. Eligibility for the 1-year post graduation course is Bachelor’s in hotel management.
The course covers Food and beverages service, front office management, accountancy, food processing, food processing, hotel engineering, nutrition and food service, Principles of management, sales and marketing management, Hotel laws, Human resource management, computers, etc.
Some well-known institutes that offer courses on catering and hotel management are:
National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Library Avenue, Pusa Complex, New Delhi – 110012.
The Oberoi Centre for Learning and Development, 7, Sham Nath Marg, New Delhi – 110054.
The Indian Institute of Hotel Management, Rauza Bagh, Aurangabad – 431001.
Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration, Valley View Hotel, Manipal – 576119.
Apart from formal educational qualifications students aspiring for a long-term career in this area must be a extrovert, keep themselves meat and tidy, have strong interpersonal and communication skills, patience, well-mannered, punctual and disciplined.
Job and career prospects:
Employment opportunities exist in hotels, restaurants, lodges, guest houses, canteens, clubs, airlines and railway catering services, ships, and catering and hotel management institutes and colleges. Those with strong business acumen can also start their own ventures.