Employment Potential in Tourism and Hospitality Industry

Employment Potential in Tourism and Hospitality Industry 
            The manpower requirement of Tourism and Hospitality Sector is market driven. The Ministry of Tourism on its part aims to sustain the effort to skill the targeted groups of employment. The Ministry drives its efforts through the Institutes of Hotel Management, Food Craft Institutes, State Tourism Development Corporations and the classified hotels amongst others. The Ministry of Tourism also aims to sustain the efforts to test and formally certify the skills of the existing service providers in the Sector.

            As per the report of National Skill Development Corporation on “Human Resource and Skill Requirements in the Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Sector (2013 -17, 2017 – 22)” the sub – sector – wise break – up of employment in the year 2022 is as follows:

Sub Sector
Employment in 2022
2.30 million
10.49 million
Travel Agents and Tour Operators
0.66 million

The Ministry would meet the expanding demand of skilled and trained manpower by providing hospitality education to students as well as certifying and upgrading skills of existing service providers. The Annual Plan Outlay for the year 2015 – 16 for the Scheme of Assistance to IHMs/FCI/IITTM/NCHMCT was Rs.165.00 Crore and that for the Scheme of Capacity Building for Service Providers was Rs.88.05 Crore.

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.
Privatisation of ITDC Hotels 
The Government has decided to sub-lease/give on O&M (Operation & Management) contract the following properties of ITDC and its joint venture companies which have been leased by the State Governments/State Agency to ITDC and its joint venture companies:-

Sl. No.
Name of Hotel

Hotel Jaipur Ashok at Jaipur
Hotel Kalinga Ashok at Bhubaneswar
Hotel Jammu Ashok at Jammu
Incomplete hotel project at Gulmarg
Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel at Mysore

Hotel Brahmaputra Ashok at Guwahati
Hotel Lake View Ashok at Bhopal
Hotel Ranchi Ashok at Ranchi

Process has been initiated to obtain the approval/No Objection of the State Government to sub-lease/give on O & M contract these leased properties.  In cases where the State Governments are reluctant to extend the lease, the property may be offered to the State Government.

Presently the Government is considering   the proposal to sub-lease/give on Operation & Management (O&M) contract the above eight properties of ITDC and its joint venture companies.

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

Weather Forecast for Tourist Destinations 
Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) was providing the information on its website comprising of observed maximum temperature, minimum temperature, their departure from normal, 24-hour rainfall, sky condition and sunset/sunrise, moonset/moonrise timings alongwith 5-day weather forecasts of temperature, rainfall and warnings to 221 cities across the country till last year. Information on extreme weather events in the month alongwith all-time records, climatological data about mean daily maximum, minimum temperature, total rainfall, number of rainy days and mean number of days with hail, thunder, fog and squall etc. was also being provided. The above service has now been extended to 325 cities and its validity has also been extended from 5 days to 7 days. These cities include 106 tourist destinations across the country for which 7-day forecast is being issued twice a day. The information is posted on IMD website.

In addition, to expand the dissemination of the weather forecasts to tourists, the information regarding the prevailing weather and the forecast of various cities, is also provided on toll free number 1800 180 1717 through Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS). IMD has also developed a mobile App called “Indian Weather” by which initially, current weather and 4-days forecast for 220 cities was being provided. At present 80 additional cities have been added with Graphical User Interface (GUI) totally re-designed for better navigation.

IMD has also commenced ‘nowcast’ for extreme weather events like thunderstorm (3-hours validity) for 147 stations in the country. IMD is also issuing special forecasts for pilgrims of Char-Dham yatra, Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra, Sri Amarnathji Yatra and Kumbh Mela. IMD has recently started weather information for Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine comprising of (i) Yatra Route Weather Advisory, (ii) current observations, (iii) 6-hourly low level wind and temperature forecasts for helicopter operation; and (iv) 3-day forecasts & warnings for Jammu Division. Similar service is also being expanded to various other pilgrim/tourist destinations across the country with a focussed effort for Himalayan region and Severe Weather Warnings through various schemes.

Recently, highway forecasts have also been started by India Meteorological Department in the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Pudducherry. This service will be expanded to other States also.

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today. 

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