SUBJECT : A tripartite MoU being signed between NSDC, Tourism and Hospitality Sector Skill Council and Airbnb to Upskill Hospitality Entrepreneurs in the presence of the The Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan, in New Delhi on Tuesday

New Delhi, November 28, 2017: The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship’s implementation arm National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and the Tourism and Hospitality Sector Skill Council (THSC) signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbnb on Tuesday to provide hospitality skills training to hospitality micro-entrepreneurs in India.

Through the partnership, the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Airbnb, NSDC and THSC will work together to create an accredited skill development module for hospitality entrepreneurs offering homestay facilities, unique accommodations and local experiences, Airbnb said.

Under the terms of the MoU, the parties agreed to establish occupation standards and competency matrices for job roles and develop the courses for hospitality entrepreneurs offering homestay and facilities, offer other unique accommodations and local experiences for travellers, create standards for certification and accreditation as per the requirements and global benchmarks of the tourism and hospitality industry for hospitality entrepreneurs offering homestay facilities, other unique accommodations and local experiences for travellers, set the framework for long-term council-industry partnership and strengthen the skilled labour pool required by tourism and hospitality industry.

Dharmendra Pradhan, minister for skill development and entrepreneurship said: “We believe that this partnership will help to augment the skill India mission by bringing in global best practices for the training of small hospitality entrepreneurs. The domestic tourism has immense potential in India and this partnership will benefit the ecosystem by creating opportunities for women and youth. We will extend all possible cooperation to make India a tourism hotspot.”

Brent Thomas, Airbnb’s regional director of policy for India, Southeast Asia and Australia and New Zealand said: “This partnership will help to create more skilled, digitally-literate hospitality entrepreneurs - especially among the women and those in underserved areas - who can create a homestay in every home, offer authentic experiences in every Indian locality and help spread the benefits of tourism,” he further added.

Amanpreet Bajaj, country manager, India, Airbnb said partnering with institutions like NSDC and THSC is a key step in creating 50,000 skilled hospitality entrepreneurs over the next two years, including 15,000 women.

Source: Economic Times