Providing the comforts without you having to worry about anything — a home away from home — is what a hotel gives you while you are at work far from your dwelling place, or enjoy on a vacation in foreign land. And that is what Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) does best.
Ahead of World Tourism Day, IHCL, South Asia’s largest hospitality company, takes pride in its steadfast commitment to the growth of the industry. Travel and tourism have gone far beyond being just attractive destinations to becoming an important economic growth contributor. Tourism is integral to any nation’s prosperity because it not just propels jobs, exports and foreign exchange earnings, but also enables allied enterprises and livelihood, besides celebrating the heritage and culture of the destinations it serves.
Since 2007, IHCL’s Building Livelihoods Programme has directly trained and certified over 30,000 youths who have dropped out of schools in remote areas, urban slums and tribal belts. It works in association with the State Industrial Training Institutes, non-government organizations, TISS School of Vocational Education and Tata Strive, among others, with over 85% of these trained youths securing immediate job placements in the hotel and service industry. A large number of these youths come from socially backward communities.
IHCL currently runs 14 skill development centres in partnership with Tata Strive to anchor capability-building, so creating a much larger indirect impact through training faculties and by supporting several other vocational training institutes through this partnership in regions, such as J&K, the North-East, UP and so on. The company also offers a three-year Bachelor’s course in vocational education programme, in partnership with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, at 15 of its hotels across Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Goa.
Helping socially backward classes
- Committed to the ethos of Tata Affirmative Action, IHCL also focuses on enabling employability and entrepreneurial opportunities for socially backward communities and tribal groups through its CSR and business supply chain
- The company, through its brands and businesses, procures goods and services from social impact enterprises and artisans across several destinations, supporting over 1,000 families and 100 artisans’ livelihoods
- Regarded as the custodian of the Indian hospitality, IHCL continues to invest in building industry-relevant talent pools aimed at developing and supporting deserving youths and their families, while bridging the employability gap and contributing to the overall sustainability of the industry
Over 100 years of world-class service
- The IHCL and its subsidiaries bring together brands and businesses that offer a fusion of warm Indian hospitality and world-class service
- These include the Taj, a hallmark of iconic hospitality; SeleQtions, a collection of hotels; Vivanta, sophisticated upscale hotels; and Ginger, which is revolutionizing the lean luxe segment
- Incorporated by founder of the Tata Group Jamsetji Tata, the company opened its first hotel, The Taj Mahal Palace, in Bombay in 1903
- IHCL operates 190 hotels, including 38 under development globally across 4 continents, 12 countries and in over 80 locations
- IHCL is South Asia’s largest Indian hospitality company by market capitalization, listed on the BSE and NSE