Hospitality refers to a warm greeting and good reception of guests. In the hospitality industry, proper and pleasant welcoming of guests with available resources is the natural course to grow our business.
“Atithi Devo Bhava,” which translates to “guest is god” is a common term in Nepal. In our nation like Nepal, where tourism is one of the primary sources of revenue, the hospitality industry has bloomed.
How is hospitality growing in Nepal?
The employment rate is increasing every year, low unemployment rates imply that more consumers have jobs and can afford the luxuries of travel and other leisure activities, which is contributing to the hospitality industry.
The unemployment rate touched 4.4% in 2020 due to the pandemic. According to projections, the unemployment rate will be about 3.00 percent in 2022 and 2.60 percent in 2023.
Nepal also has many things to offer, from religious tourism to ethnic tourism in our country we have more than 50 tourist destinations, possessing 8 of the 10 highest mountains in the world, and various cultures of Nepal’s 125 distinct ethnic groups.
These elasticities many options for people around the world to visit Nepal. People interested only to learn new culture can travel to Nepal or individuals who love nature can also visit Nepal. In 2019, approximately 1.2 million international tourists from different parts of world visited Nepal.
How much did the pandemic affect the hospitality industry?
The year 2020 is referred to as a black year for tourism and hospitality as the pandemic restricted the movement of people. Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation initiated a new mission to boost the tourism and hospitality industry of Nepal. It was named ‘Visit Nepal 2020’. The main objective of visiting Nepal 2020 was to attract 20 million tourists at the end of 2020.
However, it failed due to the increased case of COVID-19 which led to the nationwide lockdown.
As cases of COVID-19 are decreasing as well as people being aware of how to prevent the virus from spreading, the nationwide lockdown was lifted not too long ago. The hospitality industry is steadily gaining its ground after the year-long knockout from the pandemic. In 2021, Nepal attracted 150,962 tourists it is the lowest number since 1977.
History of Hospitality Industry in Nepal:
Nepal country located between two heavy-weight countries China and India was still in the late-first phase of tourism where people who did not travel once in a lifetime were neglected in society. This was mainly due to the century-long Rana regime that seized the independence of people and limited travel. People mostly traveled for trade and educational purposes. Only after the end of the Rana regime did the hospitality industry started to take form what we know today.
The end of Rana dynsaty opened the door for tourism and helped blossom the hospitality industry. The first hotel was established in Nepal “Nepal Hotel” in 1951 located in Patan. After 2 years in 1953, for the first time, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary climbed the world’s tallest mountain which gave a boost to the growing hospitality industry, letting people know about the country Nepal.
If we looked back, the first international hotel to be established in Nepal was the “Royal Hotel” in 1952. Shah and Rai was Nepal’s earliest and oldest travel agency, but it only lasted a year. It was established in 1965 A.D. Bill Tillman was Nepal’s first tourist (trekking,1949 A.D).
(Care Ratings Nepal, 2020)
Is hospitality up to the level in Nepal?
The hospitality industry is one of the sources of revenue for our country. It is rapidly growing with help of modern technologies, improvised methods, an institute dedicated to the hospitality industry.
Hospitality in very simple terms refers to properly serving the guest. Hotels and other hospitality-based businesses will not thrive if guests are not satisfied with our service.
Individuals should have the skill set to serve a guest, to give him/her a pleasant environment during the visit. We are taught about hospitality from a very young age when guests and relatives visit our home our parents teach us how to serve, how to behave, and how to make our guests comfortable; these are fundamental elements to hospitality teachings that we are learning at +2 level and bachelors.
Mid-Valley International College
Mid-Valley International college has been providing a bachelor’s degree program in Nepal since 2011 and produced skilled and professional hoteliers. The course is unique and advanced compared to other educational institutes in Nepal.
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The course is updated every year. MVIC has 5- a star QC rating (QS Stars is a rating system that provides a detailed look at an institution, enabling you to identify which universities are the best in the specific topics that you care about, like program strength). Professors from HELP University (affiliated) continuously work to update the curriculum. They intend to improvise and adapt to world events that affect the hospitality industry.
– Mukul Subedi
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