The percentage of hotel management candidates who are directly employable for a hospitality job after college is quite low at 6 per cent to 18 per cent, according to the National Employability Report for Hotel Management Graduates released by employability solutions firm Aspiring Minds.
According to Hotel Employees Federation of India, even though a committee appointed by the Union tourism ministry had recommended payment of a uniform 10 per cent service charge to hotel employees in 1957, the recommendation is yet to be implemented.
The average room rates in India rose 12 per cent to Rs 4,696 in the first half of 2012, according to the latest Hotels.com Hotel Price Index report. Among major Indian cities, hotel prices in Chennai rose 11 per cent, Mumbai prices were up 7 per cent and prices in New Delhi and Kolkata rose by 4 per cent and 2 per cent respectively.
Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL), which along with its subsidiaries makes Taj Hotels and Resorts, has denied allegations of connivance with former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in procuring sanctions for reconstruction of Hotel Sea Rock in suburban Bandra.