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What is The Difference Between Hospitality & Hotel Management?

What is The Difference Between Hospitality & Hotel Management?


  6636      07/07/2015

Question –


Respected sir/madam, I am Anand kr. Gupta and my DoB is 07-01-1987. I have completed my graduation in psychology in 2010 as well as 'o' level course from DOEACC (NIELIT), Delhi in 2012. (Diploma in computer science). I have been working in a PSU for 5 years on contractual basis parallel to appearing in the SSC and railway examination and looking for a job in abroad as well. But I am yet to get success.


I throughout belonged to art stream and I know that my qualification is not sufficient for the overseas. That's why I am thinking to get admission in post graduation diploma in either hospitality management and tourism or hotel management and tourism (1 year diploma courses) from Pariya Open University, Tamil Nadu. Because now a day there are huge opportunity in this field. In view of both the programmes, I want know that, what is the difference between hospitality and hotel management? Is this course appropriate for me or not?



Expert Advice –


Dear Anand,

The O’ level course is a foundation level course in computer application and definitely compliments a degree in arts. You can thereby pursue an ‘A’ level NIELIT and you stand a good chance for multiple opportunities in I.T. powered industries. It is equivalent to doing an advanced diploma in computer science and is a job-oriented advanced program that develops high-caliber software professionals. The ‘B’ level course is equivalent to MCA and the O, B, and C level schemes are eligible for a visa to Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Sri Lanka.


With regards to your query on the difference between hospitality and hotel management, they both are interrelated and form part of the larger tourism industry. Hotel Management deals with the operating sections of the hotel industry like, sales and management, food and beverage, front office, general operations, catering and service keeping.

Hospitality management chiefly involves dealing with people in places like, hotels, resorts, pubs, restaurants, bars, airlines catering and cabin management, club management, cruise ship management, hospital administration and catering, guest houses, institutional management (supervising canteens in college, schools, in factories, company guest houses etc.), catering departments of railways, banks, armed forces, shipping companies, hotel and catering institutes. etc


It is dealing either with the clients/tourist or with handling the staff, setting standards and guidelines, training employees, etc. The B & C cities of India are experiencing a rapidly increasing growth in the Hotel Industry and hence if you acquire a PG diploma from a renowned institute you stand a chance to a position of GM in 12 to 14 years in a midsize hotel. Moreover, with an experience of 3-4 years a lot of chefs with expertise in Indian cuisine have got offers from Australia, Canada, Middle East and UK.


On the other hand there is a huge demand of well educated and groomed professionals in the hospitality industry as millions of tourists from India as well as from abroad visit various parts of the country. If pursued a degree/diploma from a reputed institute then students can be rest assured for placement in Indian as well as international hotels. International hotel chains like Hilton, Best Western, Carlson and Le Meridian are building new and modern 5 to 7 star hotels in major cities of India. Apart from hotels the other career options would be airline flight kitchens, on-board flight services, merchant navy and cruise hospitality services, fast food restaurants and hospital catering.


As you are interested for a job abroad, I suggest that, whichever options you choose, try to take up a course offered by some of the big hotel chains. You will have to appear for an admission exam which is conducted by their own training institutes.


The World Travel and Tourism Council estimates that by year 2017, the hotel and tourism industry will generate 262 million jobs which represents one out of every ten jobs in the world. From the above two options what would be better for you depend on your interest and skills. Therefore, before choosing from the two carry out a SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity & Threat) analysis of yourself, interact with professionals from both the industries or join the online forums of both these industries and this should help you get a picture as to what could be the right option for you. 


All the best!!
- Shehre Banu



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