Sarath Shyam

The ball is rolling in the middle east, and the world is glued to it. But what makes FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 an exciting event for hospitality professionals? A large-scale event in a tiny but prosperous nation like Qatar means business and countless opportunities in the hospitality sector. In fact,  it was predicted that hosting the international game would create more than 1.5 million new job opportunities in Qatar in key sectors like construction, real estate, and hospitality. For instance, Accor – a French multinational hospitality company – reported that it would recruit 12,000 hospitality professionals during its involvement in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 to manage 65,000 apartments, homes and villas in the country.

The surge in demand for hospitality professionals is not an event-based phenomenon. Despite being one of the hardest-hit industries by COVID-19, hotels, catering, and tourism have made a remarkable comeback and now filling their vacant job positions. According to Hospitality Global Market Report 2022, the global hospitality market is expected to grow from USD 3,952.87 billion in 2021 to USD 4,548.42 billion in 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.1 per cent.

To help this industry to take a giant leap, global hospitality education institutions are preparing their students with an armoury of new-age skills. In this issue, we have identified ‘10 Must-Watch International Hospitality Management Institutes – 2022’ that are creating a global workforce with solid theoretical knowledge and practical skills and competencies required by modern society. On the cover, we feature Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida, which meets every industry requirement with its multi-faceted approach that transforms individuals into professionals fully equipped to cater to this industry.

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