“Hospitality is simply an opportunity to show love and care”
Hospitality is the act of kindness in welcoming and looking after the basic needs of customers. The hospitality industry can be broken down into three basic areas: Accommodations, Food and Beverage, Travel and Tourism. Hospitality primarily involves addressing customer satisfaction and catering to the needs of guests.
Tourism entails the movement of people to countries or places outside their usual environment for personal or business/professional purposes.
Hospitality and tourism management jobs are one of the most exciting ones in the world. Growth opportunity’ should be one of the key factors while choosing a career option. Hospitality and Tourism management jobs help one grow both personally and professionally.
This industry generates a large amount of revenue and jobs, which has a positive influence on the global economy as well as the employment rate. Hospitality and Tourismis one of the best sectors to work in and it pays well too. If you are planning on taking up this course, go right ahead and do it.
For International students, Hospitality and Tourism courses usually range from Diplomas to Bachelors and also Masters. There are also opportunities for Graduate Diploma and Postgraduate study. Length of study varies depending upon the course selected. The providers could be Universities, Institutes of Technology or Polytechnics (ITP) and Private Training Establishments (PTE).
Hospitality and Tourism recruiters will invest in training a less-experienced candidate if they perceive her/him to possess the right personality and soft skills for the job. The five essential soft skills for careers in hospitality and tourism are –
Workers from overseas have always been vital to New Zealand’s tourism and hospitality industry. Even though the New Zealand border is currently restricted, the industry is looking to the future when international tourism resumes and demand for overseas workers is restored.
If you are offered a job which appears on the shortage lists and you have the required qualifications and experience, getting a work visa will be easier. This is because the government has identified that employers’ need to recruit people from overseas to help meet the demand for your skills.
If your job is not on a shortage list, don’t be disheartened. There are other work and resident visa options. Tourism and hospitality jobs on the lists include:
Most jobs in tourism and hospitality will continue to be found in the top tourist destinations- Auckland, Queenstown, Canterbury/Christchurch, Rotorua/Bay of Plenty, and Wellington. However, jobs in this sector are found right around the country.
Demand for tourism workers is highest in summer, which in the southern hemisphere is from December to February.
Some seasonal tourism skills are only needed at certain times of the year. For example, workers in snow sports, such as ski instructors, are needed only in winter which is from June to August.
Check out these job-search websites. They might help to get you thinking about industries you may not have thought of.
What are you waiting for? Contact Immigration Adviser New Zealand Ltd at [email protected] or call on +64 09 3790219 to know about the eligibility criteria and list of university/institute offering Hospitality and Tourism courses.
Vandana Rai is a Senior Licensed Immigration Adviser and has built a reputation around her rare set of skills, which could be considered ideal for her legal profession.