What’s next for the hospitality industry?

After a tough year, it’s finally time for your grand re-opening.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that it’s going to be business-as-usual – as we’re sure you’re aware, there are some requirements that hospitality businesses like yours will need to adhere to as you reopen:

  • Reduced seating capacity
  • Increased cleaning and disinfection
  • Social distancing between tables
  • Mask and glove requirements
  • Recording customer details

And it isn’t just the new COVID-safe requirements that are worrying operators, either – as one of the hardest-hit industries by the pandemic, a lot of hospitality professionals are understandably anxious about what comes next for the hospitality industry.

H2> How has the hospitality industry changed over time? And what does the future hold?

Over recent years, Australia’s hospitality industry has grown hugely, contributing almost 8.24 billion AUD in revenue.

The hospitality industry in Australia is undoubtedly a great contributor of economic growth with almost 133,601 businesses ranging from travel and tourism, hospitality, cooking, events, and exhibitions.

Before COVID-19, the industry was projected to employ 1,009,400 people by 2024 across restaurants, hotels and tourism venues.

Of course, those are pre-2020 numbers – what are the industry’s prospects following the year that was?

Despite the worries, hospitality is still strong, with good prospects for the future. If you’re curious about what’s in-store for the industry, read on… 

H2> What is the main reason hospitality is (still) so viable?

There’s no denying that the hospitality industry has taken a hit – even with that however, it’s still one of the most viable industries today. Give it a little bit of time to recover, and the industry will likely be right back where it was.

Hospitality goes through its ups and downs, but on the whole, it’s one of the most flourishing  industries around.

And it’s all thanks to things like…

H3> Strong foodie culture

Australians – Melbourinans, specifically – are some of the biggest foodies around. We love a good meal, and the pandemic isn’t going to stop that.

We have no doubt that our inherent love of food is going to carry many restaurants and cafes back to pre-2020 levels of business.

Over the next years, except that there will be greater demand and growth in the hospitality business – and that means more opportunities for both owners and staff alike to thrive.

H3> Internal travel

Restaurants and cafes aren’t the only parts of the hospitality industry – hotels, BnBs and resorts also make up a large part of the industry.

While they may have lost a significant chunk of their overseas guests, we’re also likely to see a spike in domestic tourism to make up for it.

After all, now that remote working is more feasible and with overseas travel off the table for the foreseeable future, where else are Aussie holidaymakers going to go if not to local destinations?

After all, we have a whole country out there, waiting to be explored!

H3> People are restless

With Melbourne having endured several months of lockdown, it’s no surprise that many people are itching to get out and enjoy all the things they’ve been missing out on, whether that’s travel or eating out.

And that directly translates into demand for hospitality services!

H3> There are still plenty of career opportunities

And we aren’t just talking about the number of jobs, either.

In addition to high demand, hospitality also offers a huge range of different pathways a student like you can take.

While we’ve been focusing on explaining how hospitality is bound to bounce back (especially now that vaccine plans are taking shape), it’s also worth mentioning where a hospitality school can take you.

For example, there are many skills needed for hospitality management – these skills are highly transferable, and can see you thriving in a number of hospitality businesses whether it’s in the kitchen, on the floor or behind the scenes.

Hospitality is such a broad industry that there are countless career opportunities that you can take, from managerial positions, to chefs, chef de partie or even as an event manager.

Whether you’re a food fanatic, a pastry chef-to-be, or a leader at heart, opportunities are plentiful and give you heaps of chances to navigate your areas of interest.

H2> Is hospitality a good career choice? Long story short: yes!

While the industry has taken a beating, there’s nothing to change the fact that the fundamentals remain strong:

  • High demand
  • Plentiful opportunities
  • Not at risk of becoming obsolete

Of course, you still need to ask yourself the big question: whether or not hospitality is the right choice for you.

Only you can make that decision – however, there are some things that can help you decide whether or not you should enrol in a hospitality course in Melbourne.

Do you:

  • Feel passionate about serving others?
  • Get satisfaction from happy customers?
  • Love food?
  • Work well with people?

In that case, hospitality is a smart career choice for you. 

But first, you will need to do some groundwork – that means learning the basic skills and knowledge that hospitality and hospitality management workers need by enrolling in a hospitality course.

H2> Enrol in hospitality management courses at Academia!

Commercial cookery skills, an eye for presentation, and a love for food and satisfying people are the first steps towards succeeding in the hospitality industry.

Next, you need to get the right training!

Managing a hospitality venue, kitchen brigade or planning a large-scale event requires a unique skillset. While you can pick them up on-the-job, if you want to parachute straight into your dream role, studying hospitality management might be a better bet.

In addition to classroom-based learning, Academia strives to offer training that accurately reflects the things you’ll face in the real world.

Part of that is our focus on practical workshops – another is our strong relationships with some of Melbourne and Brisbane’s best establishments for work placements that will give you the sort of training that only comes with real-world experience.

Enrol in one of our government funded courses (which includes hospitality management) and you’ll leave with all the skills you need to take on a managerial position in the hospitality industry.

Available either on their own, studied alongside a commercial cookery or patisserie course, or as a follow-on from another course, each of these hospitality management diplomas can help you get where you want to go.

H3> Diploma of Hospitality Management (SIT50416)

This course prepares you with essential competencies in leadership and management that you’ll need as you take on greater responsibilities in your workplace (or alternatively, open your very own hospitality business).

With a focus on skills like implementing work health and safety practises as well as more managerial tasks like budgeting and inventory management, this course ensures that you’re ready to tackle any managerial role in hospitality. 

Learn more about the Diploma of Hospitality Management.

H3> Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management (SIT60316)

The Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management takes your leadership, management, finance, and overall operations skills to the next level, expanding on the training provided under a Diploma of Hospitality Management.

If the goal is to strive directly into a management role, then this course is the one for you!

Learn more about the Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management.

H2> Got more enquiries? We’re here to assist!

Talk to us today! If you want to know more about our government funded courses in Victoria – online or otherwise – or simply want to learn more about our hospitality courses, you can:

As a medium-sized institution, we’ve got more time to dedicate towards helping students – including prospective students. All you need to do is get in touch with our team!