Have you ever wanted to take off to a secluded destination? Have you dreamt of being pampered in a luxurious resort, in an off-beat location? The answer for most people, is a resounding YES! But naturally, the hospitality industry is witnessing a plethora of career opportunities in the land of far-far-away. Hospitality Career Opportunities in Remote Destinations are on the rise! And adventurous professionals who are seizing such opportunities, are reaping rich rewards.
More luxury resorts
Typically, in far-flung places one would find more high-end luxury resorts than 4-star or 3-star properties. This trend seems straightforward enough. People who take the effort of travelling to a remote location, usually want the best experience that money can buy. If you can do a little bit of everything in the same property, it just makes sense. High end resorts offer travellers the luxurious accommodation, fine dining options, leisure and recreational activities and a host of amenities.
Have money, will spend
Secluded resorts often attract the rich and the famous. Studies suggest that people who travel to remote destinations are more willing to pay for luxury products, services and experiences, than the casual traveller. Their motivation, is the need to escape from a chaotic mix of traffic, technology-overload and pollution. They are drawn to exotic locations and resorts that offer the best hospitality experience.
For discerning travellers, humble abodes of locals are emerging as a viable option. Locals in many parts of the world, happily invite tourists to stay with them, either for free or for a nominal fee. Living with the locals, hearing their stories, eating meals together and learning about their culture and traditions, is an experience that is unforgettable and rather relatable.
The World Tourism Organization (UNTWO) in its long-term tourism forecast for 2030 stated “an ever-increasing number of destinations worldwide have opened up to, and invested in tourism, turning it into a key driver of socio-economic progress through the creation of jobs and enterprises, export revenues, and infrastructure development.”
The need for talent
To cater to needs of a discerning clientele, establishments need qualified, well-trained, motivated personnel. Executive Chefs, Sous-Chefs, Culinary Experts and Wine Sommeliers for fining dining outlets, sports instructors and guides for in-house activities, Guest Service Associates for the Front Office, Reception and F&B outlets, a full-fledged Concierge service, Revenue Management personnel for pricing and optimizing the available inventory, a super-efficient Housekeeping department, F&B managers who are equipped to cater to the needs of a global customer base, HR managers, Sales, Marketing and PR personnel, Spa & Wellness professionals, the list goes on….
Being a team player and getting familiar with the location, allows hospitality professionals to fast track their career growth. On the flip side you are relative cut off from civilization, and over time, may miss the buzz of a vibrant, thriving city.
Growing list of remote destinations
As properties spring up in newer locations, the list of destination hotels keeps increasing. If you work in a remote destination and you excel in your job, you become increasingly marketable as a candidate, for destinations and luxury hotels.
Reputed destination hotels can be found in every corner of our lonely planet.
Think of places like:
Deception Island, Antarctica
Easter Island, Chile
Masoala National Park, Madagascar
Sakhalin Island, Russia
The Republic of Nauru
Tristan da Cunha, British Overseas Territory
If you want to fast track your hospitality career, have good leadership skills and are a team player, you should consider exploring job opportunities offered in far flung destinations. The going is good, and promises to get better.
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Contributed by: Vinny Ahluwalia & Amit Ahuja