The hospitality industry isn’t only about being a hotel manager or a bush lodge receptionist. It’s an industry filled with opportunities for graduates in a number of diverse fields, from Management, to Finance, to Public Relations.
As a new graduate, working in hospitality means that you will use your hard-won academic and practical knowledge to learn critical business skills in an industry that is always changing. You will also have the chance to travel the country and the world by working in a number of different establishments.
Hospitality in South Africa today
While many South African businesses are currently experiencing economic difficulties, the hospitality industry is enjoying increasing success. A recent study by PwC revealed that the average hotel occupancy rate will increase from 53% (in 2011) to 62% by 2016!
This growth is fuelled by increases in travel and tourism with the total number of travellers in South Africa expected to rise to 16 million by 2016, a 4% compound annual increase from 2011. This means that Travel and Tourism is expected to contribute R161 billion (3.5% of total) to South Africa’s GDP by 2017.
This accelerated growth in travel and tourism can be attributed to our country’s gorgeous landscapes, enjoyable weather, favourable exchange rate, and diverse cultures. From seaside resorts to mountain retreats, South Africa has a lot to offer both domestic and international travellers.
All of these factors make our country a 365 day destination; one with an urgent need for skilled hospitality professionals. Luxury resorts, hotel restaurants, travel agencies, bed and breakfasts, sports clubs, casinos, airlines, cruise ships, theme parks, spas … an endless list of hospitality hubs offering suitable graduates exciting careers across a number of professions.
Are you a good fit for the industry?
To go far in a career in hospitality, you need good organisational skills, and excellent inter-personal skills. You also need to know which part of the industry spells success for you and to do this you will need academic and practical guidance.
While excitement awaits, it’s important to remember that working in a hotel environment is not the same as enjoying a holiday in one. Being part of the hospitality industry requires a strong work ethic, dedication, and a specific set of skills, depending on your chosen profession.
To do well in hospitality, you need to know where your personality works best and learn valuable business-related skills. Whether you are highly organised, or creative and energetic, you can make a success of yourself in this industry if you understand the opportunities and challenges it presents.
The best place to learn about hospitality?
While much of what you will learn about hospitality will come from hands-on experience after you graduate, if you really want to make the most of current opportunities, you need to ensure you have a superior qualification. Whether you want to work front of house, behind the scenes, with people, food, or figures, The International Hotel School offers training and experience for a wide range of hospitality and travel occupations.
Registered with the South African Department of Higher Education and Training as both a Private Higher Education institution as well as a private FET College, IHS offers a range of nationally and internationally recognised certificates and practical training opportunities across all sectors of the hospitality industry.
Having been in business for almost two decades, IHS is perfectly positioned to offer you the tools to succeed in this dynamic world.
Work today, travel tomorrow
If you’re interested in working in hospitality, now is the time! Start with the correct qualification from one of South Africa’s leading hospitality schools and grab travel and work experiences today. For more information, contact us!