Ahead of World Tourism Day, The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), South Asia’s largest hospitality company, takes pride in its steadfast commitment to the growth of the industry.Travel and tourism has gone beyond from just being attractive destinations to being an important economic growth contributor. Tourism is integral to any nation’s prosperity as it not just propels jobs, exports and foreign exchange earning but also enables allied enterprises, livelihoods and celebrates the heritage and culture of the destinations its serves. Also Read – The Puja carnivalSince 2007, IHCL’s Building Livelihoods Programme has directly trained and certified over 30,000 youngsters, who have dropped out from schools from identified remote areas, urban slums and tribal belts, in association with State Industrial Training Institutes, non-Governmental organisations, TISS School of Vocational Education and Tata Strive amongst others. Over 85 per cent of these trained youth securing immediate job placements in the hotel and service industry. IHCL currently runs 14 Skill Development Centers in partnership with Tata Strive to anchor capability-building; thereby 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-years Bachelors in Vocational Education Programme in partnership with the TISS at 15 of its hotels across Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata and Goa. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraCommitted 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, is supporting over 1000 families and 100 artisans’ livelihoods. Regarded as the custodian of Indian hospitality, IHCL continues to invest in building industry-relevant talent pools with a rigid aim to develop and support deserving youngsters and their families, while bridging the employability gap and contributing to the overall sustainability of the hospitality industry.