Travel and tourism is one of the largest service industries in India. It includes heritage, cultural, medical, business and sports tourism. The main objective of the travel and tourism sector is to develop and promote tourism, maintain competitiveness of India as tourist destination and improve and expand existing tourism products to ensure employment generation and economic growth.
The World Tourism Organization defines tourists as people “travelling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes.” Tourism has become a popular global leisure activity. Tourism can be domestic or international, and international tourism has both incoming and outgoing implications on a country’s balance of payments. Today tourism is a major source of income for many countries, and affects the economy of both the source and host countries, in some cases being of vital importance. Over 200 million people work in the travel and tourism industry worldwide. From entry level travel agent to tour operations, each specialization included in travel and tourism course is recognized internationally by the travel industry.
Hotel Management Colleges offer courses which are linked with the travel and tourism industry. These colleges offer a career in hospitality giving the students the chance to serve some of the prominent dignitaries and social figures of the world. Some of the hotel management colleges have hotel attached to the campus thereby giving the students real time practical exposure to the Hospitality industry from day one. These colleges focus on Service Excellence and teach students to cross every boundary and go beyond guests’ expectation in making their stay or experience a memorable one. Hence, with the increase in the number of travelers, there is a parallel increase in the number of hotel management colleges.