Humans are resilient creatures who always plan ahead. No matter what the circumstance, we plan ahead and follow through, finding the silver lining amongst the thick dark clouds. COVID-19 has put a damper on our daily life and to the economy at large. A good barometer of a country’s economic status is its hotel occupancy. Today, unfortunately, most hotels are empty except for those operating as quarantine centres and those with long-staying guests. However, according to a recent New York Post, millennials are the most eager to get back out and explore the world after the coronavirus ends. Sure, they are worried about the outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic, yet they are expected to be the first to start travelling once the restrictions are relaxed.
So, Hoteliers are on their virtual boardroom, brainstorming and planning for the future, as well as taking steps to reduce long-term damage from coronavirus and drive faster recovery. This is despite the fact that we still don’t know when we can safely leave the confines of our homes.
Although the current situation tends to paint itself a glum grey hue, all does not seem bleak. Once the pandemic is over, hotels will start picking up and will be back in action as soon as possible. To do so, they require young hard-working professionals who can deal with this fastpaced environment. And in this issue, we have strived to feature a couple of such Hotel Management institutions who have shaped smart professionals.
In the next few pages, you will meet Nitin Chordia who has successfully turned his love for chocolates into a profession. We have also had the privilege to feature several other industry and educational luminaries who have shared their opinions and insights on the current educational situation. We hope this issue turns out to be an informative and happy read while you are doing your bit to save mankind by staying at home.