As the world shrinks with increased connectivity, tourism and hospitality prospects are register an astonishing surge, with increasing numbers of new pathways and sub careers. Students now think of tourism and hospitality as a ‘safe bet’.
Education spoke to Fabienne Rollandin, director of industry relations with Laureate Hospitality Education, Switzerland, which has representative alumni in Dubai to help prepare young executives for the challenges of this burgeoning sector.
“We are very proud to be part of the UAE’s efforts to professionalize the industry and prepare its country for the increased demand resulting from a dynamic and growing tourism and hospitality industry” Fabienne Rollandin.
According to the United Nations World Travel Organisation (UNWTO), the number of travellers in the Middle East more than doubled, from 24.1 million to 60.3 million between 2000 and 2010. This level of growth is unique in the world
Hospitality and tourism is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the world. What’s responsible for its exponential growth?
Several factors, mostly related to development, have made modern tourism one of the key drivers for socio-economic progress. To name a few: more affluence throughout the world, particularly after World War Two. As people become wealthier, there is more disposable income and also paid time off-work to enjoy travelling during the holidays and vacation time. This has been particularly true for emerging economies where the middle class is experiencing not only growth but for the first time, the ability to travel at will in a faster and cheaper way.
Second, improvements in technology: travelling today is much quicker and considerably less expensive. Highways and air travel have helped reduce the time to move in between countries and the internet has made it easier for people to book online and choose budget options for their travelling needs. Third, the wide choices, with vacation packages by ‘destination’ travel and...