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Hospitality in India

Hospitality is the relationship between guest and host. Hospitality in India has been a major way of living for Indian citizens. Indians hospitality, for many years, is based on the primary thought of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ which translates to every guest is a god. Tourism and hospitality industry plays an integral part in India’s economy. India is considered to be the 7th largest economy in the world based on tourism and hospitality. As industry hospitality includes the hotels, restaurant, resorts and any other institutions providing services for travellers and tourists.

Offering the diversity geographically, quality tourism things like cruise, adventure, eco-tourism with world heritage sites India has provided an exponential growth of tourists and employment throughout India. According to WEF (the travel and tourism competitive Index), India has only proceeded in the direction of growth with jumping 13th position from its previous rank i.e. 65th to 52nd.

Apart from a potential employment generator in India, Tourism has also been an important source of foreign exchange for India. Tourism and hospitality industry has been proven to be important towards the ‘Make in India’ scheme and the ‘Digital India’ providing large employment to the citizens of India. Being Digitally-advanced traveller nation in the fields of planning, booking and experiencing a journey, India’s middle class has continued to support the growth of the country.

Market Size

The chain of international hotels has been growing in India. It is expected to cover 47% shares in the sector of tourism and hospitality by the year 2020 and 50% till 2022.  The Industry is has provided a total of 8% of total opportunities for employment generated in the country, providing jobs to around 43 million people in 2017 and have grown since by 2% per annum providing an estimate of 52 million in the year 2018. The FTA has registered a growth of 5.8% in January 2019 as compared to the January off 2018 growing from 10.4 lakhs to 11.03 lakhs in 2019.

In the year 2017 India made $20.7bn from the tourism and hospitality industry and it is expected to grow to $50.7bn by the year 2028. For the past many years, India has been providing a vast geographical diversity, great beaches with 30 places under world heritage sites.

Hotels in India

Hotel Industries have played a major role in providing growth to India in the hospitality and tourism sector. Indian hotels provide a combination of some extraordinary Indian hospitality with world-class and royal services to its tourists. The Indian Hotels companies limited (IHCL) and the Mahindra holiday and Resorts India Limited (MHRIL) are the two major multinational groups with combined revenue of US$ 450 million till the year of 2018.

The worlds of different luxuries are provided in these hotels. From royal experiences to a peaceful and serene comfort, they have excelled on every platform. India previously had a very rich and royal lifestyle, as it was ruled by so many kings over the years. They have left an extraordinary heritage to experience. These heritages include the palaces and the forts offering the luxury which one cannot find in any other part of the world. Heritage and Royal hotels in India are available in 30 different locations across the country and there are more than 40 such hotels.

From serving food to the tourists in royal halls to experiencing the elephant rides, horse rides, from wearing the traditional attire to staying the actual place where the kings used to once, the ambience and culture ignite a jolt of electricity in the heart of every traveller. You will get amused as well as shocked by the treatment you going to experience like the royal lineage.

Udaipur being India’s one of the most exotic places provides some of the most country’s most popular and luxury resorts. With over 1.6 million estimated tourists every year, Udaipur has become one of the major destinations in India for tourists, both foreign as well as domestic.

Here are few of the major heritage and royal hotels from India including top hotels in Udaipur:

  • The Bagh, Bharatpur
  • Shiv Vilas Palace, Jaipur
  • Raj Palace, Jaipur
  • Devigarh Resorts, Udaipur
  • TajRambagh Palace, Jaipur
  • Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
  • LalithaMahal Palace, Mysore
  • Hotel Meenakshi, Udaipur
  • Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur
  • Laxmi Vilas Palace, Udaipur
  • Shiv Niwas Palace, Udaipur
  • Taj Gateway Hotel, Jaisalmer
  • Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jodhpur

India’s Digital Hospitality

Makemytrip.com is one of India’s largest digital online companies providing all kinds of solution to an Indian Traveler with a service of booking hotels online from a list of more than thousands hotels and every travelling options across India. Also providing the services of planning the whole tour package with a diverse range of money i.e., from the hostels for a solo traveller to the royal heritage hotel for the expensive traveller makemytrip.com has played another major role in the industry. It has recorded revenue of US$137 million in the year of 2018.

Future of Hospitality Industry in India:

The industry is supposed to be providing around 14 million more jobs in India in the segments of restaurants, hotel and tour and travel agents or companies, according to a report by Indian Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF). As per the director finance and CFO of India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), Pradip K Das “The hospitality and tourism industry has been growing at an exponential rate from the past couple of years. It has become an important sector providing the hike in foreign direct investment (FDI). With the increase in digitization around the world, more and more smartphones and online activity the market of India is expected to grow at a rate of 11 per cent”.

It is expected that the tourism will be a US$48 million Industry by 2020 with the hotel industry alone projecting the growth of 13 per cent to become a US$ 13 million by 2020. With betterment in India middle class, growing infrastructure and providing the e-tourists visa to 150 countries and with the help of government schemes such as Atithi Devo Bhava, Incredible India and make in India the country is experiencing a far-fetched growth in the sector of hospitality and tourism.