Hospitality and Tourism Industry Witnesses 30Pct Hiring Hike in the Last Six Months

There’s good news for those people who are looking for a job in the hospitality and tourism sector, the industry has noted a 30% employee hiring growth in the past six month. The Indian hotel industry was suffering with major business slowdown since 2009 till last year, barring a brief growth in 2010-11. The industry business was on stake after 2009 financial crisis that hit both business and leisure travel. After the long business lull, hotels around the country stopped hiring and started functioning with several staffing levels. "The hiring pattern has seen a relatively sharper increase in the past six months on account of new hotel pre-openings, movement of incumbents between hotel companies across functions, requirement of skilled talent and roles that call for local market knowledge," said Ms. Neha Garg, Director, Hospitality Recruitment Specialist, Red Kite Consulting. Europe's second-largest hotel firm, Louvre Hotels Group, has recently announced the recruitment of 750 people across six new properties that the company will open in India this year. "Industry has come out of the low point and occupancies have picked up. Business has rebounded after over three years of lull, which has made hotels brace for good times. This is the highest we have recruited in a year in the past five years,” said Mr. Vimal J Singh, Managing Director for South Asia, Louvre Hotels Group. According to industry estimates, the demand for hotel rooms in India has raised by 20% during the second half of 2015, again the highest in last five years. Last year, was the first time in five years when pan-India hotel occupancy crossed 60%. Several hotel chains which had put new projects on hold, pressed the growth pedal as market started shaping up. Statistics from hotel chains and hospitality recruitment consultants shows that there has been a significant increase in the average salaries across different levels of employs, ranging from 10% to 25%.