Hospitality management is the academic study of the running of hotels, restaurants, and travel and tourism-related business.
The hotel industry, which is an integral part of the tourism sector, provides a large percentage of the total employment in the tourism industry. A hotel needs the services of trained staff to provide professional services for national and international clients.
The hotel and catering industry has been one of the fastest growing industries in the world in the past 50 years. India's hotel industry is thriving due to an increase in business opportunities and foreign and domestic tourism. It is estimated that the employment opportunities in the hotel industry in India will increase to 15 million by 2010. The travel and tourism industry consists of tourists, travel agents and government and private tourism departments.