According to a study titled ‘Hotels in India: Trends and Opportunities’, the hotel industry, in 2017, saw one of the highest levels of occupancy in over a decade. The services sector was, as a result, driven mainly by the hospitality industry. This spells good news for the hotel as well as the hospitality industry. It means that people are investing more in travel and tourism. While the overall numbers across the country look good, much of the contribution comes from India’s major tourism hubs.
Here are the top 7 cities which contributed to the growth of the industry.
- New Delhi – The capital is one of the most visited and popular cities in the world, thanks in large to its rich history and culture. Hotel room distribution was the highest for New Delhi among all the cities in India, with the total number of rooms going up to 14,296. It was a 5.5% increase that resulted in more than 70% rooms being occupied.
- Mumbai – New Delhi was, not surprisingly, followed by Mumbai. Occupancy was the highest for Mumbai with over 74%. It’s not hard to see why. Mumbai is one of the busiest cities in India and the world. A cosmopolitan and populous city, it offers tourists a taste of India’s culture, entertainment, and business. Therefore, it’s quite obvious why the study puts Mumbai on top.
- Bangalore / Bengaluru – The IT hub of India is a melting pot of cultures. People from all over the country and the world have made Bangalore their home. Hence, along with a healthy tourist populace, it also boasts of a diverse residential base. The service industry has thrived in Bangalore ever since it ushered in the IT wave.
- Chennai – Chennai too has a budding IT culture, though not as vast as Bangalore. This again, has led to the city playing host to a multitude of tourists, thus seeing a boom in the hospitality sector.
- Pune – Pune is giving tough competition to Mumbai in terms of employment and residence. Though there aren’t as many places for tourism in Pune, it is one of the most popular destinations in India.
- Goa – This list is incomplete without Goa on it. It is one of the biggest tourism hubs in India. Many people visit Goa to get away from the hullaballoo of daily life and relax at its many beaches. Thus, it comes as no surprise that it recorded the second highest level of growth at 14.8%, preceded only by Kolkata.
- Hyderabad – Like Bangalore and Chennai, Hyderabad is another prosperous IT city. Besides being a job hub, Hyderabad is famous for its historical monuments, delectable gastronomy, and riveting culture. All these make the city one of the most visited in India.
Top hotel chains such as Marriott International, ITC Hotels, Accor Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, Oberoi Hotels and Resorts, Lemon Tree Hotels, etc. have all set up base in these cities owing to their diversity, friendliness, and convenience. As such, the number of jobs in this sector will be plenty. However, it’s not just hotels but hospitality as a whole that needs well-qualified, capable young minds to drive the industry forward.
MBA ESG, Bangalore, offers one of the few Hospitability Management programs that will actually transform you into a hospitality pro. If you’re looking for a program that’ll provide you both a well-rounded understanding of hospitality as well as a global outlook of the industry, the MBA in Hospitality Management from MBA ESG is your best bet.