Hotels are amongst the most visible and important aspects of a country's infrastructure which is very diverse and global. This Industry is inextricably linked to the tourism industry which in turn has fuelled the growth of hotel industry. In recent years the government has taken several steps to boost travel and tourism, which have benefited the hotel industry. Factors like rapid industrial progress, liberalization of trade and opening up of economy will further lead to revolutionary growth in this sector. The future scenario of this industry is expected that the budget and mid-market hotel segment will witness huge growth and expansion while the luxury segment will continue to perform extremely well over the next coming years.
The hotel industry is not as glamorous as it appears to be from the outside. There is a lot of hard work involved in managing a successful hotel. And this is true even for the doorman who ushers the guests in and the management makes sure that he is courteous and pleasant as he is the first representative of the hotel that any guest is going to meet. There are instances where even people in managerial positions have to roll up and pitch in case of shortage of housekeeping staff. One cannot afford to remain complacent and expect the guest to return to your hotel anyway. Each employee in this industry needs to realize that the guest is the `king'. Making his stay enjoyable is our duty. Guest satisfaction alone guarantees successful clientele. To achieve this personalization of services is a great tool.
Catering and Hotel industry plays a significance role in the overall economic growth of the country. With the rapid industrial growth and promotion of tourism, the catering and hotel sector is booming and offering job prospects. There are chains of hotels which operate internationally providing scope of a career throughout the world. 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. The diversity of experience in hotel management is greater than in any other profession. Hotel industry involves combination of various skills like management, food and beverage service, housekeeping, front office operation, sales and marketing, accounting. Today, the rise in corporate activity as well as the wish to travel on holiday has made the hotel industry a very competitive one.
There is lot of lucrative and interesting openings various for the hotel management career. They can be employed in a wide range of departments like
• Front office.
• House keeping.
• Food and Beverages.
• Engineering/ Maintenance.
• Sales and Security.
• Hotel & Restaurant management
• Airline Catering and Cabin Services
• Club management
• Cruise Ship Hotel Management
• Hospital administration and catering
• Hotel and Tourism Associations
• Forest Lodges
• Guest Houses
• Institutional Management
• Catering departments of railways, banks, armed forces, shipping companies etc.
• Hotel and catering institutes
• Chefs & Cooks.
• Concierge and Banquets.
• Event Managers.
Mohan Singh Oberoi
Mohan Singh Oberoi can be aptly termed as the father of the Indian hotel industry. Rai Bahadur Mohan Singh Oberoi was among the first to recognize the potential of the tourism industry, its ability to contribute to India's economic growth and generate direct and indirect employment. He worked tirelessly to put Indian hotel industry on global tourism map. M.S. Oberoi was born on August 15, 1898, in the erstwhile undivided Punjab, now in Pakistan. He did his early schooling in Rawalpindi and completed his graduation from Lahore. In 1922, to escape the epidemic of Plague, he came to Shimla, and got a job of front desk clerk, at The Cecil Hotel at a salary of Rs 50 per month. M.S. Oberoi was a quick learner and shouldered many additional responsibilities along with the job of desk clerk. M. S. Oberoi's diligence prompted Mr. Clarke to request Mohan Singh Oberoi to assist him when he acquired Clarkes Hotel. At the Clarkes Hotel, M.S. Oberoi gained first hand experience in all aspects of hotel operations.
In 1934, M.S. Oberoi acquired The Clarkes Hotel from his mentor, by mortgaging his wife's jewelry and all his assets. In 1938, he signed a lease to takeover operations of the five hundred rooms Grand Hotel in Calcutta, which was up for sale following a cholera epidemic. In 1943, Rai Bahadur Mohan Singh Oberoi, acquired the controlling interest in the Associated Hotels of India (AHI) which owned the Cecil, and Corstophans in Shimla, the Maidens and the Imperial in Delhi, and a hotel each in Lahore, Murree, Rawalpindi and Peshawar. He thus became the first Indian to run the largest and finest hotel chain. In 1959, The Oberoi Group became the first group to start flight catering operations in India. In 1965, M.S. Oberoi opened the first modern, five star international hotels in the country, The Oberoi Intercontinental, in Delhi. In 1966 he established the prestigious Oberoi School of Hotel Management, recognized by the International Hotel Association in Paris. In 1973, The Oberoi Group opened the 35 storey Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai. Rai Bahadur M.S. Oberoi was the first to employ women in the hospitality sector. Today, The Oberoi Group owns or manages 37 luxury and first class international hotels in seven countries.
M.S. Oberoi was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1962 and in 1972. He was also elected to the Lok Sabha in 1968. M.S. Oberoi was recipient of many awards and honours. In 1943, he was conferred the title of Rai Bahadur by the British Government. Other honors include admission to the Hall of Fame by the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA); Man of The World by the International Hotel Association (IHA) New York; named by Newsweek as one of the "Elite Winners of 1978" and the PHDCCI Millennium award in 2000. M.S. Oberoi was honored with Padma Bhushan in 2001.
M.S. Oberoi passed away on May 3, 2002 at the age of 103.
Mr Fritz Gubler
Fritz started his career in the hotel industry with a chef apprenticeship and his love for food developed further during the two years he spent in London as chef. After returning back to his home country Switzerland he completed his professional education at the famous Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne. For several years he worked for the uniquely Swiss hotel and restaurant chain "Moevenpick" in various positions and significantly contributed to two hotel openings and was responsible for the planning and operations of several restaurants. In 1975 he was selected to the planning and opening team for the Swiss Government financed Kenya Utalii College in Nairobi. This college is still the leading hotel school in Africa. He was the opening General Manager of the up market Leisure Lodge Club in Kenya and then managed for over six years the hotels of the German based Severin Hotel Group in Mombasa. His biggest challenge was to oversee final construction and opening of the huge Isis Hotel in Luxor, Egypt. Construction was halted several times because of significant historical discoveries and hotel operations had to be adapted to the local cultural habits.
In 1988 Fritz arrived in Sydney and introduced the "Swiss" style of hotel management training by developing the Blue Mountains Hotel School.
The concept of the Blue Mountains Hotel School was then used to develop other hotel schools worldwide which led to the formation of the ORION Hotel Schools
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