Hotel sector gets a taste of demand supply gap

New Delhi, Nov 19 | Updated: Nov 20 2005, 07:01am hrs
The hospitality sector is facing a huge supply and demand gap as only 50% or about 6000 trained students are available to the hotel and restaurant industry every year against the total trained manpower supply of about 12,000 every year.

An internal study conducted by the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI), the apex agency for the hospitality sector, estimates that the total number of trained manpower required for the sector would be close to 60,000. Of this, 40,000 will be required for the department of tourism-approved hotels alone.

There are about 34 institutions affiliated to the National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, an agency working under the DOT. Out of these, 24 are institutes of hotel management and the remaining ten are food craft institutes (FCIs).

While institutes belonging to the first category has a combined pool of 3000 seats in their three-year degree programmes, there are another 1500 seats in FCIs for one-year certificate programmes.