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Glion Institute of Higher Education Launches On-Line MBA Programme in Hospitality Management
THE TRAVEL & Tourism industry employs over 50 million people in India and is the largest employer after the government.
THE TRAVEL & Tourism industry employs over 50 million people in India and is the largest employer after the government. According to World Travel & Tourism Council, the industry will grow exponentially to create 8 million additional jobs in India over the next 10 years. The contribution of the Hospitality industry to GDP is expected to rise from 8.6% (US$117.9bn) in 2010 to 9.0%(US$330.1bn) by 2020.
“The Indian hospitality industry is growing exponentially and is expected to create exciting career opportunities for students across the various segments of the industry including hotels, restaurants, transportation, entertainment, spas, corporate offices, hospitals, sports, conferences and many more,” said Michael Huckaby, Senior Vice-President Global Marketing & Admissions of Laureate Hospitality & Design.
Over the next ten years, the global Travel & Tourism economy is expected to grow by 4.3% per year, implying its share of the global economy will rise to just over 10%. This will help create an additional 66 million jobs by 2020 - 50 million of which will be in Asia.
Between now and 2020, the contribution of the travel and tourism economy to employment in India is expected to rise by almost 20% from 49 million to 58 million jobs. In 2020, one in every 9.6 jobs in India will be in the hospitality industry. India continues to be successful in elevating international tourism through campaigns such as the “Incredible India campaign” launched several years ago. This success has also contributed to the large amount of foreign investment by international hotel chains pouring into the country. This will result in doubling the number of foreign visitors to India in the next ten years.
 Michael Huckaby said, “The availability of trained management personnel will be crucial for offering international standards of hospitality in India. We at Laureate Hospitality Education, deliver the highest quality University level hospitality education to develop leadership and managerial competencies for  our students. The Indian students can benefit immensely from the managerial job prospects offered by the Indian hospitality industry.”

Another major advantage of the eight LHE schools is the international transfer possibility. ‘Students can start their education in Switzerland for example and then move to Australia or the United States for one or two semesters’, Michael Huckaby explained. ‘And that’s not the only international advantage. Students are able to explore the world during their internships as our institutions have contacts with over 15,000 hiring managers in more than 75 countries. 
The LHE schools offer a broad range of undergraduate, postgraduate and master programs in all sectors of the hospitality industry. In 2010, Glion Institute of Higher Education gave the hospitality education a new dimension by launching an Online MBA in international hospitality management.  ‘The new Glion Online MBA aimed at working professionals has been extremely successful’, Michael Huckaby says. ‘Hospitality industry professionals who are already working fulltime can now obtain a masters degree from a reputable institution without stopping their current job.

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